Ever heard the phrase, "work smarter, not harder"? It also applies to studying! The popular triangle pictured on the left to describe college life does NOT have to be your reality if you practice smart studying. Here are a few study techniques for you to try out that I have used during college and vet school. These study techniques are active studying, essentially mental exercises that build neural patterns to reinforce learning, and are much less boring than just skimming your notes over and over, which is more of a passive form of studying that promotes short term memory.
If studying is done in an active and focused manner, you may even find that your overall time spent studying is less, while you achieve the same or better grades, and have good grades AND a social life AND adequate sleep as I have been able to enjoy from college and even in veterinary school.
While almost none of these subjects are pre-requisites, studying them formally via a college course will certainly help you feel very comfortable with some of the material you'll later cover in the didactic years of vet school. If you have any room in your undergraduate schedule, you'd be doing yourself a favor to take any of these classes. Having prior exposure to these topics will significantly reduce your stress in vet school (I have observed this in my classmates and in myself). Upper-division classes that are intro-level or general are at the appropriate level to groom you for what you'll learn later in vet school (you don't need to take the very advanced upper div courses). You may even consider taking them pass/no pass so they don't affect your GPA but you still get the exposure.
Articles in this blog are oriented to readers interested in becoming veterinarians.