Asked by Anonymous
Out of all of the things you could say “ewww” about me (i.e. the fact that my display picture is me doing a rectal palpation on a cow), you decide to pick on this.
If my sexual orientation is impacting you personally in such a life altering fashion, then I honestly think you should have a good look at yourself and reassess your priorities.
So if you think that the fact that I am a lesbian is, as you said, “ewwww”, then let me provide you with some examples as to why your comment is small minded and bigoted and how commonly it occurs in the animal kingdom for whom I will eventually be providing medical care for.
In a particular study with rams, researchers found that in a herd, 8% of rams exhibited a sexual preference for other rams even when presented with the opportunity to mate with females. "The development of male-orientated behaviour in rams"
On Oahu, 31% of Laysan albatross pairings were indeed female-female. These female-female pairings reared offspring together that were often genetically related to one of the females in the pairing. These female-female pairings last for many years. "Successful same-sex pairing in Laysan albatross"
There are over 450 species that exhibit homosexual behaviours including dolphins, giraffes and bonobos. So please, don’t “ewww” an aspect of my identity. Homosexuality is is not unnatural or disgusting, it is you who is.
Sometimes, I hate people.
You go why-i-am-a-vet-student, you tell them!
As any of you who are studying vet science will already know, it’s damn stressful. We get told all the time that as veterinarians are at far greater risk of committing suicide than the general population (around 4x higher than the general population), but we don’t hear as much about the rates of mental illness amongst students. The coping mechanisms we will need for the future need to be developed now, while we are still at uni.
One study found that
Students have confided that they feel their admission to the veterinary program was a ‘‘mistake’’ and that faculty and other students will soon discover they are not really capable of performing up to the expected standards.
This is not an uncommon thing to hear at uni. Around 40% of veterinary students will experience a form of diagnosed mental illness while at uni, which is elevated about the national average, though only 25% of the diagnosed students actually sought any help. That’s only 10% of the students surveyed. That’s way too low. One of the main reasons identified for not talking to someone was a scheduling issue. They just didn’t have the time.
Let’s think about that for a second. Is our career so important to us, that we can’t spare 1hr, every 2 weeks for our mental well being? Is that 1 hr of study worth living with what can be a crippling illness?
When I was diagnosed with depression, I wanted to refuse to deal with it. I figured that since it was all in my head, that I could deal with it, or that it wasn’t a real issue. I thought that since it is a subjective diagnosis, that meant that it wasn’t valid.
If it was a diagnosis that came from a CBC/Biochem analysis then maybe I would have found accepting it easier. Just because it is a ‘mental illness’ doesn’t mean it isn’t also a physical one. We’re science students,we spend years studying the way a life-form is put together, we know that all thoughts and moods and reactions are chemically controlled. It may be mental, but your brain is physical, with the ability to get damaged through a disease process just like any other part of you. Just because the disease has an external cause (circumstance, grades, money etc) doesn’t make it any less important to treat.
Does a dog with iatrogenic cushing’s need to be treated? How about a parasitic infection, or dehydration?
They are all pathological states that can be caused by external stimuli. We know that extended or acute stress can cause weight loss, disease or abortion because of the hormones involved. Why won’t we deal with it when it’s OUR stress that’s causing disease.
Emotional responses ARE physical responses. If you were so sick that you couldn’t get to uni, or couldn’t study, you’d go to the doctor (eventually, we make the worst patients). Why is it any different if the clinical signs choose to manifest in a mental way?
It makes me so sad that there is a stigma surrounding mental illness.
It’s a disease, and it can be fatal.
Take care of yourselves, take care of your friends.
That’s all I can ask.
Sorry for the long ass post. Xx
Reblogging because I have new followers and they need to see this too.
I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now and I’ve finally come to a decision. Part of me says that this shouldn’t be something that needs to be said, but I’ve just come back from a conference and I’ve realised just how important representation is. This is tumblr and this is a magical space of happiness.
So, I am bisexual. I have a very beautiful girlfriend and I just got back from a week in Melbourne where I was at a student conference regarding LGBTIQA youth issues.
This is something that we should all be able to talk about, it is especially important when you come from a small community, be it geographically isolated, or a community like the vet community on tumblr. Sexuality and gender identify are things we should talk about, because for a lot of people, it is really a matter of life or death. If there is something you don’t understand, Google it. There are do many amazing resources out there that ignorance isn’t really an excuse anymore…
/End serious discussion.
In other news, I am taking a day off from uni because I seemed to have picked up a lurgy from conference and I am hell bent on coughing up my lung.
We shall return to our regular programming tomorrow.
So I waited until I was sure I hadn’t had any asks in a while before making this post, because I don’t want anyone to think that I am accusing them of this. None of my askers have been anything but polite—although a couple have stopped following me. No, I’m preparing this…