Veterinary school will be the best, yet most challenging, four years of your life. You will learn a lot of information in a short amount of time and it can become somewhat overwhelming on occasion. But don't worry; the members of Alpha Psi are here to help you transition into veterinary school life as smoothly as possible and maybe help you have some fun along the way! We've all been in your shoes and we know how important it is to have someone there to give advice when you need it. Here we offer the answers to a variety of questions you can expect to have in your first year:


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Vet School 101 

ALPHA PSI


The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine - Lambda Chapter 
VETERINARY FRATERNITY
What Should I Know About UGA's Vet School? (History)
​- Facts and figures taken from The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine website -

  • The present UGA College of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1946 and organized by the late Dean Paul W. Chapman, with the first class of 44 students graduating in 1950.

  • The older campus on D.W. Brooks Drive was completed in 1950 and still serves as space for administrative offices, research, and classroom facilities. 

  • In 1970, the Board of Regents approved a name change from the School of Veterinary Medicine to the College of Veterinary Medicine, reflecting the expansion of the college's graduate, research and service programs.

  • The College of Veterinary Medicine is organized into the following academic departments: Infectious Diseases, Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging, Physiology and Pharmacology, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, Pathology, Population Health, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

  • With the retirement of Dean Keith W. Prasse in early 2005, a formal dean selection process was held in the fall of 2005. Dr. Sheila W. Allen, a board certified small animal surgeon from UGA, was selected from several impressive candidates and became the first female dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the second female dean of a College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States.

  • ​The College of Veterinary Medicine is the only public veterinary college with a certificate program in international veterinary medicine.

  • The veterinary college currently accepts students from Georgia, South Carolina, and Delaware, as well as a limited number from around the country. ​The college is increasing the enrollment class size. The current first year class size is 114.

  • The hospital has an in-house caseload of over 19,828 cases per year, while the field services team goes on approximately 1,934 calls and sees approximately 725,055 animals per year. 

  • Through the efforts of Dean Allen, the Development Office, and the support of our clients, alumni and friends, we have raised over $20 million in private support for the new hospital. Additionally, in May 2012, Governor Deal approved the Georgia state budget which allotted $52.3 million in bond funding to build the new Veterinary Medical Learning Center. The Veterinary Medical Learning center opened its doors in March of 2015!


What Are the Classes and Professors Like?

The majority of the vet school coursework is designed to equip students with background information in the basic sciences which can later be applied clinically. It is a little different from undergrad as you will continually start and finish classes throughout the core semester. Midterms and finals are spread out so that there is no true "finals week" to drive you crazy. Instead, the professors provide you with a steady stream of exams for your learning pleasure. Keep in mind that after the first few days of orientation you will be asked to choose an area of emphasis for yourself that will determine which direction your vet career will follow. This means that you must select whether you want to focus your education on Small Animal, Mixed Animal, Equine/Food & Fiber Animal (aka Large Animal), or Public/Corporate/Zoological Medicine. While this may seem like an overwhelming decision, for now, it mainly affects what elective courses you have priority for/will take. Later on it will influence your clinical schedule during your fourth year. You also have the option to change your emphasis once during the course of your education. Any additional changes must be approved by a committee. But right now, let's focus on the important stuff: your classes!

  • Small Animal and Large Animal Anatomy: Get ready to reek of formaldehyde and get your hands dirty! Anatomy lab is fun and interesting, but will also be very challenging. Lectures are given in the mornings, which cover concepts tested on the written portion of the exams. And while the written portion can help to boost your grade, doing poorly on the laboratory portion can really hurt it. Old sample tests are a great way to help guide studying for the written portion.  You will also get great study guides for the lab portion, so be sure and KNOW THOSE TERMS! Dr. MohanKumar (Dr. MK) is the course coordinator for Small Animal Anatomy and Dr. Czaja coordinates Large Animal Anatomy. However, be aware that all the professors teaching in the lab will write a number of questions for each exam! So be sure to talk to each one of them to find out what they think is important to know. Despite the fact you dissect three different animals in LA Anatomy, don't get too bogged down in all the details - the professors usually emphasize "big picture" learning. Here are a few tips to take note of: Choose a medium sized specimen if you can since the larger ones have a tendency to dry out quicker and are very difficult to move around. Also, enjoy the class while the experience is still "fresh", as you will work on this specimen for 2 hours a day, 3 days a week, for 16 weeks. Additionally, the first few days are the messiest, so be prepared to get soaked in fragrant embalming fluid. Scrubs and rubber boots or shoes you don’t care about are a great idea. Finally, do yourself a favor and GET A TUTOR! Even if you don't need help learning the massive amount of material, it's beneficial to talk to someone who has been there and can offer some sage advice. P.S. A few quizzes are offered during the semesters covering basic radiology and palpation. These are easy points for your grade. Don't sweat it!

  • Physiology I and II: This class includes all your physiology courses. This includes Biochemistry, Cardiology, Respiratory, Renal, Endocrine, Reproduction and GI physiology broken up over your entire first year. Generally, exam questions come straight from powerpoints or study guides for most professors, but many students find the veterinary physiology course book to be very helpful as well. It is important to note that the new cumulative testing style for this class forces students to apply details from other sections of the course, so always be reviewing! Also, memorizing will be of little help in this case. Just be sure to focus on understanding the main concepts as you go along in each semester. Dr. Li teaches your very first class (Biochemistry) and you will definitely appreciate how much he cares for his students and their success in vet school. However, be aware of his attention to detail in his lectures. He may only have a 10 slide powerpoint, but it's packed full of info!

  • Histology: When your afternoons aren't spent in the anatomy lab, you will be in the vet lab slowly going blind looking at slides in Histology. Be sure to bring some Tylenol because the hours of squinting and driving the scopes are bound to give you a headache. This course is pretty challenging, but do-able, with the combined lecture and laboratory components. You and your lab partner are given access to a slide box that you will share. You also get a Histo Atlas CD that has extra examples of the many different slides in your box, which in many cases prevents you from needing a textbook for the course. The computers in the lab also have a very detailed guide that takes you through basically anything you'd be tested on. Be sure to study with a partner! It often takes multiple eyes (and brains) to figure out all that pink, purple, red, and blue slide schmoo. Dr. Krunkosky (Dr. K), Dr. Jarrett (Dr. J), and Dr. MohanKumar (Dr. MK, wife to Dr. MK from anatomy) team up to teach both sections of the class. There will be a good number of quizzes in lecture and lab that are designed to be "grade boosters." Be sure to talk to us upperclassmen about things that were focused on in past years.

  • Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology: There's no sugar coating it... this is a very difficult class for many students. The best advice to give you is to not fall behind or procrastinate in studying for this. It will make your life a lot easier. It is also important to note that other than anatomy, it's one of the most heavily weighted classes you take your first year and can therefore, really affect your GPA. As such, this is one course to focus a lot of time and energy on. Honestly, the exams can vary greatly from year to year so you just have to pray you studied the right material. In spite of this, you will come to appreciate what is lovingly known as "Dookwah Magic." Dr. Dookwah basically gives a lot of partial credit so be sure to write down what you know and can remember. It may help you more than you realize. Stay strong! We survived. YOU CAN TOO!

  • Cell Biology: This is a pretty basic review of material you probably covered in you undergraduate coursework. It's a very short course and not really difficult by any means. In recent years, there have been take home finals. However, last year it was an in-class final.... so keep your fingers crossed and pray you get lucky. 

  • Animal Nutrition: "ANIMALS REQUIRE NUTRIENTS, NOT INGREDIENTS!" Go ahead and memorize this as Dr. Sanderson will have you chant it to her multiple times during Small Animal Nutrition. This class goes into great detail on what to feed our patients and our own animals, but Dr. Sanderson is very good about emphasizing main points for exams. However, there is a lot of material covered, so be careful with putting this class on the back burner. The Large Animal Nutrition component of the course can be slightly more challenging as it is taught by several different professors, each an expert on what to feed horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, etc. There's one exam each for the Small Animal and Large Animal components of this course. 

  • Bacteriology and Mycology (aka "Bac-T"): This is a pretty enjoyable and practical course. It is taught by a variety of professors including Dr. Hondalus, Dr. Lee, and Dr. LaFontaine. They will teach you more than you ever wanted to know about the friendly (and not so friendly) microbes that reside in/on you, your dog, cat, horse, cow, and lunch. Seriously.... you will never look at a buffet table the same again. Dr. Lee particularly loves to talk about diarrhea-inducing bacteria and give you examples you really wish she hadn’t. Some of the material can be tedious, but making charts to study from is really helpful. Some students choose to do this during class as a way to stay on top of the dense amount of information provided on each microbe. Also, don't bother with any textbooks. Most exam questions from all the professors come straight from the powerpoints.

  • Virology: Yet another cool course with a good deal of interesting and practical content. Your professors include the world famous Dr. Greene, who literally wrote the book on infectious diseases of the dog and cat! Be sure to avoid using the word "steroids" around him. Instead, call it "pixie dust." Also be prepared to be called on in class when he's teaching. As such, don’t miss class because he uses the composite to call on people. As far as studying goes, don't  procrastinate in this class! All professors test on the details for a lot of viruses. Luckily, the final is not cumulative. There is a large amount of material covered on each test so do your best at staying on top of the course work. It is possible to do well in this course! 

  • Immunology: In this course you will learn more about antibodies and the body's many defense mechanisms than you thought imaginable. The notes provided for this course alone are enough to deforest a national park (should you print them), but are very thorough. In addition, there is plenty of supplemental information provided to help with the understanding of the material. Both professors are pretty good about emphasizing main points to be focused on during the exams, but studying the details is still important. Be sure to ask upperclassmen about Power Hour! Honestly, learning the abbreviated lingo is the most difficult part about this class. Otherwise, the course can be pretty useful as the material covered overlaps with several other of your courses. 

  • Ethics and Jurisprudence: In between all the science courses, you get to take a course focused on the legal and ethical issues faced by veterinarians today. It is a very interesting class taught by two amazing professors: Dr. Cornell and Dr. Smith. You are required to write a few short essays, but the class primarily focuses on class discussions. The final exam is very straight forward from material emphasized throughout the semester. Online assignments and class attendance also help to boost your grade. 

  • Career Opportunities: If you maybe haven't decided on what kind of veterinarian you want to be when you graduate in four years, this class will certainly give you some choices. All that's required in this class is that you ATTEND. Guest speakers come from all different fields of veterinary medicine to speak to you. Usually their talks are focused on what to expect from certain career paths and to answer any questions you may have. 

  • Physical Diagnosis: Finally! A course where you get to touch LIVE animals! It's definitely a reminder of why you wanted to come to vet school in the first place. This course teaches the proper techniques for physical exams on large, small, and exotic animals. For the small animal labs, you can actually bring in your own cat or dog for your group to learn on. Dr. Roth is the course coordinator and many other clinicians will come in to give guest lectures on a variety of topics. Most importantly, you will learn the proper method for writing up a medical record, and this may be the first time you will hear the word that will haunt you your senior year in clinics: "SOAPs."  The class is designed to be split between labs and lectures with your final consisting of a in-class exam and a lab practical. It's a really fun class, but know your notes fairly well!

And that my friends, was the breakdown of your ENTIRE FIRST YEAR! You think you're ready for it? (Don't worry, you are!)


Textbooks: To Buy? Or Not To Buy?

The best piece of advice we can give you is to wait until school starts. Some professors rely heavily on their textbooks, while others seem to forget they even have one. Of course, there are some classes where it's essential to have a reference book. For example, in both Small and Large Animal Anatomy, the dissection guides and at least one other resource textbook are the only way to survive. In other classes, you may only need to study your in-class notes and handouts. 

Another important thing to consider is that the Reading Room, aka the vet school library, has every course textbook you may ever want or need. This way you can give the book a test-drive and see if it works for you BEFORE making what can sometimes be a very costly purchase. You will also be assigned a big sibling from the Class of 2016 the first day of school that you can ask about classes and find out what books they suggest. They may even be nice enough to sell you their old textbooks and also pass along study guides and review material. The student listservs will also be flooded with students selling textbooks the first few weeks of each semester. Last year, Alpha Psi hosted a book sale the first month of school to help students get those hard to find textbooks for great prices. 


What Kind of Supplies Do I Need?

During your first year you will need a lab coat and a dissecting kit. You do receive a lab coat at your White Coat Ceremony before school starts, but a lot of students choose to hold onto that coat until senior rotations. If you'd like to get another UGA lab coat that you don't have to worry about getting really dirty, check out the UGA Campus Scientific Store. Your dissecting kits can be ordered through the junior class merchandise committee or you can order the instruments you need online. Amazon is a great supplier to use. You may also want scrubs for Small and Large Animal Anatomy since things will get messy during your dissections. Rubber boots or shoes may be a good idea for the really dirty days of anatomy so you don't end up with a shoe full of formaldehyde. For Physical Diagnosis in your spring semester, you will need a stethoscope, rectal thermometer, pediatric plexor, and penlight. Uniforms Unlimited is a great medical supply store in Athens that stocks brand-name scrubs, stethoscopes, and other medical instruments. 

As far as other supplies to consider, some students end up using three ring binders and loose-leaf paper for notes. However, most students take notes on their laptops or tablets just for ease of use and access.  It's important to note that if you plan on printing slides from course handouts, you will use a TON of ink and paper (or cash if you print from the school printers), so you might want to learn to take notes on your computer screen if you don’t already do so. In addition, colored pencils or markers can be very helpful (for labeling all those complex  neuro and anatomy pictures). Some students find they cannot live without their highlighters and colored page tabs. 


Dress Code Anyone?

It is strongly advised that all students do dress before coming to class!! However, there is no strict dress code to adhere to. As this is professional school, it is encouraged for women to wear pants, casual skirts, or nice jeans with a shirt. Men are asked to wear pants or nice jeans with a shirt. Overall, students in veterinary medicine are expected to dress neatly or at least exemplify professionalism in what they choose to wear. Though we all have those mornings when we oversleep and reach for the closest piece of clothing on the floor, just remember to use your best judgment! During orientation you will also learn Dr. Carmichael's three B's: No boobs, bellies, or butts. Make sure she doesn't see any of those. With all that said, professors don't roam the halls looking for "violations." Wearing chacos and shorts or even your scrubs to class aren't a problem, so RELAX! 

One friendly warning though:  You WILL have your composite picture taken one day during orientation (you’ll have ample warning), so look nice and keep those goofy looks off your face because these pictures will haunt you for the next four years. Many of your teachers (including Dr. Greene who teaches you Virology) will use these pictures during class to call on you... all in good fun, of course!


Are There Student Benefits?​

Starting during orientation, you can look forward to the first, and by the far the best, benefit of being a veterinary student: FREE MEALS. You will be offered a lot of free food and drinks throughout the course of your vet school career from different clubs, businesses, organizations, and of course your wonderful friends at Alpha Psi. You will quickly learn to cherish these meals and soon lose any shame in going back for seconds or even thirds. We all do it. There is no judgment here. Plus, sometimes taking food home from these functions means no need to make lunch or dinner! Less time spent cooking means more time spent studying.... or taking a break!

Other important benefits for students include a student ID that also doubles as a keycard to the vet school for those late night or super early morning study hours. You will get your own lockers where you may store personal items, books, lab coats, etc. Every student also has a personal mailbox for returned exams and other messages. The mailboxes are located on the main hallway near the student lobby. There is a small room off of the student lobby that contains a refrigerator for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner depending on how long you find yourself staying at school. 

The reading room is more often called the library (even though the supply of books is minimal). It is a great place to study and sometimes just take a quick nap. Just remember not to put your feet on the tables and definitely no eating if you want to walk out of there alive! The back area of the reading room contains several computers (Macs and PCs) that are there for your internet needs or for Word, Powerpoint, etc. Don't forget that the entire college campus provides wireless internet access for those of you with laptop computers (which most, if not all, students have). You will be assigned a UGA e-mail account that will be a great source of information. But keep on top of it because it can become a bit of a hassle since you will get so many messages to each day!

The last benefit to mention affects all you vet students with your own pets at home! Thanks to the generous pet food industry and drug companies, free and reduced price pet products are distributed to students throughout the year. You will be able to get pet food as well as products for flea, tick, heartworm prevention, and microchips. The SCAVMA Product Distribution Program is sponsored by many different companies, including Merial, Pfizer, Novartis, Bayer, Elanco, Heska, Idexx, and Synbiotics. Purina has a feeding program that allows students to get a reduced price bag or case of dog or cat food once a month, delivered to your home. Hill’s products are sold at drastically reduced rates every Wednesday at lunch. To be eligible to receive products at reduced rates (or for free), you must have all of your pet’s records with you in Athens, including any written prescriptions for prescription food purchases. Also, students receive a discount at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital if your pet should need any medical attention, whether routine or problem-related.


What do All the Letters and Abbreviations Mean?

Is your head spinning from all the club name acronyms you see around school and in your email inboxes? Well, you're definitely not the first. 
With so many clubs at the UGA CVM, it can be hard to remember them all. Below is a cheat sheet to help you keep them all straight. 
Here's a simple start: AY = Alpha Psi (Don't forget this one!)

Now for all the other ones:
  SCAVMA: Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association 
  AAHA: American Animal Hospital Association 
  AAFP: American Association of Feline Practitioners 
  AAEP: American Association of Equine Practitioners 
  AABP: American Association of Bovine Practitioners 
  ASLAP: American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners 
  AVSAB: American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior 
  SVECCS: Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 
  scACVIM: Student Chapter of The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 
  CVF: Christian Veterinary Fellowship 
  AHVMA: American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association 
  VOICE: Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity 
  LGVMA: Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association
  PHC: Public Health Club 
  IVSA: International Veterinary Student Association
  VBMA: Veterinary Business & Management Association 

And the clubs without the funny, confusing acronyms include: 
  Canine Club
  Shelter Med Club
  Pathheads
  Zoo Med Club
  Small Ruminants Club  
  Therio Club
  Animal Welfare Club


How Can I Get Involved?

The best and easiest way to get involved is to read your email! Doesn't seem like the most pro-active thing, but you will be amazed by the number of opportunities that become available to you through your email. All the clubs have their own listservs at the college and after the introductory meetings in the fall, you can be added to these listservs based on your areas of interest.  If you become active within the club, you can potentially take on leadership roles within thems as early as the second semester of your freshmen year. This is a great thing to add to your CV and also the best way to get to know faculty members and the student body.

SCAVMA is another great way to be active in veterinary school. SCAVMA is our student government at the veterinary college and it functions as the parent organization for all our school clubs. It also manages a lot of larger issues that affect the entire school like policies, budgets, and events. Each class has a group of elected senators that serve on different committees within SCAVMA. Additionally, being a member of the executive board gives you significant interaction with the faculty, deans of the college, and other SCAVMA representatives from veterinary schools around the country. 

If you are looking to take a more "hands-on" role in your own class, you are in luck! Each class elects its own officers to provide leadership for the class and to organize class functions or fundraisers. They also will represent your class in meetings with other vet school classes and in correspondence with the professors, administration, etc. 

The officers are elected within the first month of school. Here's an idea of their individual responsibilities: 
  • President — Frequently announces information from the administration or faculty and relays suggestions or problems from your class back to the administration. You will take a lot of heat from your class and learn (hopefully, quickly) that you cannot please everyone all of the time. You also receive a lot of email from professors and classmates. However, you become very well known as you are essentially the representative for your class at many school meetings. 
  • Vice-President — Assists the president and takes over specific tasks when necessary. The VP is in charge of the spring Open House—a very large responsibility, but not done without help from class committees!
  • Secretary — In charge of birthday, thank you, sympathy, and get well cards and gifts (if your class chooses to do so). They also keep the class files and contact list organized and can make copies for the class if needed.
  • Treasurer — Collects class dues from each student and handles financial concerns. Each class decides its own dues system. In years past, dues were around $35 per year.


Why Join a Fraternity?

Other than the obvious stress release that fraternity life can offer, there are many reasons why you should consider joining a veterinary fraternity. The most important reason: valuable friendships. You will get to know your own classmates very well over the next four years and will create lasting friendships with many of them. But don't take for granted the opportunity to get to know the other vet student classes! A fraternity is the perfect place to do this. The events at Alpha Psi throughout the year bring in students from all four classes looking to have some fun and relax. It's a great chance to make friends that can give you great advice on what to expect in your other vet school years, what kind of elective courses to take, and even how to plan your clinical rotations. But ENOUGH about vet school! It may be hard to believe, but we do all have lives outside the classroom and clinic floor! A fraternity like Alpha Psi introduces you to people who each have unique backgrounds and stories. You may also find friends who share similar interests and experiences! 

Just a few of the other reasons for why you should join a fraternity include networking opportunities, "members-only" events and insanely cheap dues! If you are interested in learning why you should become a member of Alpha Psi specifically, be sure to check out our member benefits below. 

AY Member Benefits - 
  • Free parking in the Alpha Psi lot your sophomore year and spaces to park at when you need to come to the old school your junior and senior year!
  • ​Cold beverages are always on tap at the house
  • "Members-Only" events: Christmas Party, Spring Formal, monthly dinners, game nights, etc. 
  • Annual fraternity scholarships
  • ​Affordable dues with no dues your fourth year as a member
  • Supportive AY alumni that help fund our fraternity house upkeep and many of our events
  • Access to out Alpha Psi LinkedIn network
  • Monthly and annual member awards
  • AND MUCH MORE!


Who's Who Around the Vet School?

Class of 2020 (Freshmen)- Red Nametags
These students can be recognized from 100 yards away by the smell of the gross anatomy lab that lingers around them all year. In the spring, the desire to finish their first year is more than obvious from their exhausted, yet ecstatic facial expressions.

Class of 2019 (Sophmores) - Black Nametags
You will learn to love them because they are your best source of knowledge and advice for the upcoming year as far as classes, professors, and exams go. Why? Because first year is still freshly burned into their memories! You'll also be sure to hear the famous sophomore saying: "They’ve made it easier for you all this year."

Class of 2018 (Juniors) - Green Nametags 
These well seasoned students will be returning from their last summer vacation before graduation. They are another good source of information and advice on how to brave the storm that is vet school. They can also give you pointers on what electives to choose and how to plan for clinics. However, they do stay pretty busy with studying or surgery labs. 

Class of 2017 (Seniors) - Blue Nametags
A few days after their finals in the spring, Juniors descend into the clinics for their rotations and are from then on called "Seniors." No one knows the actual metamorphosis that occurs but when they emerge one year later, they are called "DOCTORS." If you happen to work down on the clinic floor during your time at the vet school, be sure to get to know these students. They are living proof that all the stuff you learned the first three years eventually pays off!

Interns - Large Red Nametags
These are graduated students who have their DVM in hand and are working for an additional year to gain more clinical experience and perhaps prepare to apply for a residency program. They are sometimes lovingly referred to as "cheap labor."

Residents - Large Red Nametags
These doctors are the types that can't get enough of school. Usually they are in the three year program to become board specialists in the various specialties available in veterinary medicine. Many work on an MS or Ph.D. in addition to their long hours in the clinics. 

Graduate Students
Most of these students do not wear nametags. Some graduate students have a DVM and others do not. They often take graduate classes on campus and perform research working toward their MS or Ph.D. degree. You often see them working in research laboratories run by various vet school faculty within the college.

Undergraduate Students
These students don’t wear nametags either. They will be seen attending undergraduate classes at the vet school. You will silently loathe them as they sit in the student lobby and complain about the "large" amount of material they have to know for their upcoming exam. 


The more time you spend on the clinic floor, the more people you will get to know.  You will also better appreciate how many people are involved in running both the college and the teaching hospital. Make sure to get to know your technicians and clinicians before your senior year if you can. This will make your transition into clinics your last year a much easier and enjoyable experience. 


Feeling Hungry?

Being a vet student often means having to live on a budget. But no one can (or should) live on four years of ramen alone. Eventually you WILL want to go out to eat with your classmates or take your family, friends, or significant other out for a nice meal. Not to mention, Athens is home to some of the best cuisine the Southeast has to offer; so missing out on it would be a huge mistake! You can easily spend the rest of your life here in Athens trying out all the different foods the city has to offer. However if you are looking for a crash course (pun intended) in good eats, the members of Alpha Psi have put together a few suggestions that will never steer you wrong. 

​For those that don't want to spend a ton, but still want a good meal, check out Barberito's. It's a locally based tex-mex chain that is very popular among college students. Mirko Pasta is also a chain that had its humble beginnings in Athens, specializing in "make your own pasta" dishes all at reasonable prices. For more great Italian food, Transmetropolitan serves up relatively cheap, but delicious pizza, pasta, and paninis. 

The atmosphere of the restaurant is often equally important as the food. Shokotini is an upscale sushi bar with private party rooms for authentic japanese karaoke. Clocked and The Grill are both tributes to classic American diner food located downtown. Big City Bread Cafe has an awesome outdoor eating patio beneath shaded elm trees. However, no Athens restaurant's atmosphere can compare to that of Cali N Tito's. There's nothing quite like sitting out in the warm spring or summer weather with your dog, a beer, and one of Cali N Tito's cuban inspired dishes. As the restaurant is well within walking distance from Alpha Psi, our members enjoy meeting there for social gatherings on weekends and especially during electives.

Maybe you are looking for a true taste of the South? Mama's Boy serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, bringing authentic Southern flavor to each and every dish. For all you vegetarians, The Grit is the definitely the place for you. But even non-vegetarians love the food they have to offer. 

For those special events like anniversaries, birthdays, or parents in town, you might want to splurge a little and try out some of the finer dining available in The Classic City. La Dolce VidaThe National, The Branded Butcher, and 5 & 10 are your best choices. These places will make you never want to leave Athens.

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, The Last Resort Grill and Pauley's Crepe Bar can help you find your fix (check out their lunch and dinner options as well!). Or you can join in the fabulous frozen yogurt fad at Menchies. For some different deserts and delicious bubble tea, head over to Suno, downtown.

Find yourself in the middle of some serious studying and don't want to stop to cook or pick up dinner? Try Bulldawg Delivery. They have most local restaurants on their list that they can pick up and deliver food right to you!


Need a Drink?

At the end of a long week in class and ESPECIALLY after a huge exam, many vet students like to go out and have some fun out on the town. And if you have any taste for the nightlife, Athens is the perfect place to be! Downtown boasts a huge number and variety of bars and restaurants that serve great drinks at reasonable prices. It would take forever to list all the places that Athens has to offer, so we've provided you with a brief description of a few places that vet students, specifically Alpha Psi members, are frequent visitors to. 

One of the best places to start off your evening is at Terrapin Beer Company. This local brewery, hands down, makes the best beer in Athens. From 5:30-7:30pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays, visitors can pay $10 for your own stylized pint glass and tickets to sample the many beers brewed on site. During your sampling, you can take a tour of the brewery, listen to local musicians play on the outdoor stage, or just enjoy the sun with friends on their huge lawn. If you'd like to try some other great breweries, you can try the microbrews available at Trapeze Pub or at Copper Creek Brewing Co

Looking for cocktails? You will definitely enjoy many of the unique drink selections and relaxed atmosphere at Highwire Lounge. If you consider yourself a "wino" the Five Points area is home to Aromas Wine Bar. Enjoy some wine and try their cheese plate too! Or maybe you just want a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy the downtown scene. Allgood is your bar. Not to mention, it's a vet student hot spot. 

Finally, sometimes you just need to just drink AND dance the night away! Be sure to re-visit your younger days and stop by 9d's Bar and pay homage to the decade that we will never (nor want to) forget. It's a great way to end the night!

Let's not forget that many of us rely on caffeine to function on a day-to-day basis. If studying can only be accomplished with that java coursing through your veins, you will no doubt become a regular at one of the many Jittery Joe's locations around Athens. Some students prefer the Two Story Coffee House locations on the Eastside and in Five Points. Plus, they have some pretty nice study areas available!


Is There A Life Outside of Studying?

Study, study, study… all day. It’s not healthy. If you spend eight hours in class each day and then study all night you will soon find yourself in a padded room mumbling something about the obscure differences between nephrogenic and metabolic diabetes insipidus. Unless you think a strait jacket is fashionable, you will need some time to yourself, away from the vet school and the textbooks. A great place to take a break and also get a great workout is in the multi-million dollar Ramsey Student Athletic Center. What makes this state-of-the-art gym facility even better is that it's located right across East Campus Road from the veterinary school. (And if you must, there are plenty of students who take their school notes to look over while running too.)

Maybe you'd rather work out those study frustrations on the court or field? Be sure to check out the UGA intramural sports that are offered every semester. Alpha Psi helps to arrange "Vet Med" teams that compete against other UGA teams on campus. As if you needed another reason to rep the vet school through sport domination, all freshmen vet students have their registration fees covered by Alpha Psi. It's just our little way of supporting your efforts to be a more well-rounded vet student! 

Next, you CANNOT live in Athens, Georgia without ever visiting Sanford Stadium. The easiest (and cheapest) way to get there is with a student ticket to one (or several) of the Dawgs' home football games. Ticket registration is typically at the end of August, and ticket assignment is a few weeks before the season starts. During registration you will apply for season passes and away game tickets, and then based on credit hours, you may get a partial or full season pass. Go to student ticket registration for more information. But regardless of how many games you get to attend, you need to go ahead and practice your best "GO DAWGS!! SIC'EM!"

And finally, when you have down time, you can of course count on Alpha Psi to have events going on. Before most home football games, AY members come to the house to tailgate before going to cheer on the Dawgs. This is an excellent time to fill up on food and beverages before the walk to Sanford Stadium, where you can enjoy some great college football with your friends and classmates. Throughout the year AY provides kegs every Friday evening (known as "Fridays at 9") in addition to our school-wide parties. Some parties of note include Slip 'N Slide, Halloween, Oyster Roast, Casino Night, and mixers with other professional fraternities. We also host the annual "Kudzulympics" that pits each vet school class against the others in a variety of games. Competition is fierce and victory is sweet. But what does Kudzulympics consist of you ask? Is it really, a big deal? Ooooo yes my friends, indeed it is. Just watch the video


Do I Have Time for a Job?

This can be a tricky question. The answer ultimately lies in how much time you want to dedicate to school and your studies. Some students find that having a job provides the perfect balance between class time and study time. And if that's the case for you, there's plenty of opportunities for employment at the college. The great thing is that most of the jobs do try to work around the students' schedules. However, we can't guarantee you won't ever have to work the night before a quiz or test. You will have the opportunity to talk to a lot of upperclassmen about being employed while in school, hopefully giving you a better idea of what's best for you and your success in vet school. 

If you do have an interest in becoming a part time employee, we have some great examples of jobs in the hospital to apply for.

Freshmen can join the Foal Team, which allows students to help with the care of sick foals in the Large Animal Hospital. While they may schedule shifts throughout the year, obviously your busiest time will be during the spring foaling season. Also, there is both a Large Animal and Small Animal Treatment Crew. These programs provide valuable experience for students and welcome assistance to busy clinicians and senior students. These are great opportunities to get experience in the clinic and to get to know some of the clinicians before rotations your senior year. And of course, most of the above positions provide a small amount of pocket change (typically minimum wage). 

Diagnostic lab, research lab, or specific surgery tech jobs will be advertised over the various student listservs. These jobs are more competitive to students as they will only hire one or two students to fill each job. However, the experience and strong connections you make with the clinicians or researchers can be very helpful in the future. Not to mention it looks great on your CV.

Another source of income is to be a student representative. These positions are also advertised over the listservs by the current student representatives. As a student representative you act as a liason between the college and a specific company or organization. The pay often depends on the company and their involvement in the college. 

Finally, the easiest way to get paid while in school is being a student tutor. Sadly, this won't be available to you until your sophomore year, but it is important to take note of now as you need good grades to be a tutor. The program is run through The Office of Academic Affairs, who sets you up with a student (or students) in each of the courses you wish to be a tutor for. The only requirement is that you get a "B"  or better in the classes you plan to tutor, so study hard your first year! 


What Can You Do for Fun Around Athens?

Once in a blue moon, you will have some down time. Typically this won't happen until electives (which Freshmen don't get during their fall semester... sorry) but when you do have the free time, you'll want to find something to do. Here are a few suggestions:

Athens is nationally known for it's amazing music scene. The town is even home to famous bands like The B-52s and R.E.M. As such, many musicians make their way to Athens to play at a number of its music venues. The Georgia Theater and The 40 Watt Club are by far the most popular venues for bigger name musicians. However, there's always good music to be heard at The Melting Point and The Caledonia Lounge.

If you are a budding Veterinary Da Vinci, check out Pints and Paints. This is a fun night out with your friends where you get to paint your own masterpiece. A local artist walks you step-by-step through that night's painting while servers take your drink orders. You'll have a good time while you are there and at the end of the night you get to take your masterpiece home!

While there are three large movie theaters in the Athens area, another option is Cine. They typically show independent films that won't be shown at the big theaters. The unique thing about Cine is the full bar they offer. You can get your favorite wine to sip on or even order up some coffee from their coffee bar.

For you art and culture lovers out there, The Classic Center plays host to many musical performances, including the Athens Symphony Orchestra. After taking in some classical music, go to The Georgia Museum of Art, home to a really amazing collection of sculptures, paintings, handmade furniture, and more. 

Feeling adventurous? Take trapeze lessons at Canopy Studio. They have regularly scheduled lessons or you can get a group together to reserve your own workshop. 

If that adventurous spirit of yours likes to take you outdoors, be sure to look into river kayaking at several places right outside Athens. Broad River Outpost and The Sandbar offer well priced kayak rentals. You can then spend the day floating down the river with friends, enjoying the time away from the textbooks.  Athens also has a number of nature trails and outdoor areas for you and your pets to enjoy. Hop on over to The State Botanical Garden of GeorgiaSandy Creek Nature Center, or Memorial Park and Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail for some quiet time in nature. 

Our very own Ramsey Student Center offers a variety of fun activities including everything from Belly Dancing lessons to SCUBA certification. The first week of the semester they will offer many classes for only $1. This gives you the opportunity to try out as many fitness classes as you would like before committing to them for the rest of the semester. The indoor and outdoor climbing wall is open once you complete an orientation and climbing clinic. You can also schedule outdoor trips through the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) which has its offices on the first floor of Ramsey. There you can also cheaply rent camping equipment as well as kayaking or climbing gear and much more.

Finally, keep an eye on your email for updates from the SCAVMA Wellness Committee. They work very hard to arrange activities outside of the vet school at extremely discounted rates. Typically there is a an event every month.