When our Dr. Tonya Sparks visited the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University earlier this month, she chose Jacquie Cobb (2019) to be our featured student. Here are Jacquie’s answers to our three questions:
Will you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into to veterinary medicine?
While I always knew there was a homeless pet problem in our country, I never knew the extent of it. Hearing “millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year” is completely different than experiencing it firsthand. In working at an animal control shelter, and subsequently founding an animal rescue, I live and breathe saving pets every day. Those homeless pets are who pushed me to go back to school to become a veterinarian – to further my education to enable me to help in an even bigger, more impactful way.
I hope that the future of veterinary medicine enables us, as doctors, to provide the very best care for people’s family members. I also hope that the non-profit veterinary world continues to grow, allowing pets that may have never seen a veterinarian before to have the opportunity for basic care. I think there is a delicate balance that should allow veterinarians to make a great living while at the same time allowing us to have the opportunity to give back to our communities, and that veterinarians should rise to that challenge. Veterinarian used to be one of the most trusted professions, and that view is fading – I’d like to help bring that back.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I love to travel – any place, any time, I am always up for a trip! In the last year alone, I’ve traveled to New Mexico (twice!), Colorado, North Carolina (four times!), Ohio, California, Minneapolis, Baton Route, Orlando (twice!), Key West, Arizona, New Orleans, Texas, Cuba, and Boston.
Thanks, Jacquie and Dr. Sparks! Also of note: Jacquie is also the VMBA chapter president, the AHVMA national president-elect and president of Auburn’s Integrative Medicine Club. Good work!