Looking back at these goals, I realize how blessed I really was on this trip. I gained an incredible amount of veterinary experience. I was able to view the differences in how clinicians and surgeons practice in another country and was proud that I could make my own valid opinions on these techniques. It is wonderful to realize how much I did know prior to the internships, even as a first year. It was interesting to me to see how they seemed to understand the importance of every move they made while working, which I found a valuable observation. Veterinary medicine is constantly changing and growing in the United States but this experience showed me that every country has something to teach us and global understanding is truly important and relevant to our career.
While I believe that the trip was focused with personal veterinary goals, I am grateful that I was able to grow in the knowledge of a new culture as well. I definitely saw how language barriers affect learning veterinary medicine in a foreign country. I feel that this will help me relate more to those visiting Purdue from other universities around the world. I hope that I will be as helpful and encouraging as those were to me in Brazil. That being said, I am beyond thankful for the relationships I gained and friendships I made during the four weeks. I hope to return one day, but with a greater Portuguese vocabulary!