They have a thing after you graduate vet school called continuing education.
Some body of veterinarian organizations or other puts them on and hires speakers, usually specialists in some field and/ or teachers from some university. They serve several purposes.
Most states require a certain number of hours each year to renew your license in an attempt to keep your expertise current.
Drug companies sponsor them as an easy way to disseminate new product info to groups of vets.
You get to socialize with classmates and friends and catch up on who is doing what.
Unlike vet school, there is no roll taken, no tests, and if you disagree with a lecturer, you are under no constraints to be polite to him. That's the good stuff.
The bad stuff is you begin to feel at the beginning like a new grad, halfway through like a first-year student, by the end like an autistic orangutan.
We went to one last weekend that began with a dermatology expert. She was good, She finally made it clear to me the best drugs for certain skin conditions and which shampoos were to be used for what. I felt I had learned something.
Next guy was a pharmacology teacher and he put me to sleep just like vet school. I didn't even get his jokes.
Next guy was a hepatobilary specialist who convinced me that I should refer every dog and cat that ever vomits. Furthermore, if I ain't got a laparoscope to do multiple liver biopsies, I ain't squat. (He did concede that Neanderthal types could get by with a sterile Welch-Allyn proctoscope used to visualize the liver.)
Next guy was a surgeon from CSU who had the latest on equine wound therapy – it looks like I'll have to throw out the sphagnum moss and cobwebs that I have used the last 200 years.
A classmate, Casey, hit the nail right on the head.
He said, "It's completely backward, you know. We dumb ones should specialize in one thing and the smart ones should work on everything, instead of the other way around."
I agreed wholeheartedly. I figure I could become a left kidney expert. I wouldn't need to know anything about anything else, not even the right kidney.