We’ve been training new field veterinarians at Nationwide Pet, preparing another generation of educators to help veterinary students understand how pet health insurance works, and how recommending it to clients supports the work of the veterinary profession.
The training means I’ve been traveling more than usual, which I’ve kind of enjoyed, to be honest. As I mentioned before, visiting our schools and colleges of veterinary medicine allows me some one-on-one time with the outstanding women and men who will lead our profession into tomorrow and beyond.
My last hop-skip-jump from coast to coast included at stop at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. I had a chance to ask Emily Douciere (class of 2019) some questions.
Can you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into to veterinary medicine?
When applying to veterinary school I knew there was more to veterinary medicine than just cats and dogs or cattle and horses, but what I did not realize was the extent of the variety that veterinary medicine provides. LSU offers a wide selection of electives for students to take the last couple weeks of school each year.
Last year I decided to take the Integrative Medicine elective because Dr. Koh (head of the Integrative Medicine unit at LSU) lectured to our first year class a couple of times about acupuncture and provided many examples of treatment he provided to various patients. I found myself very interested in acupuncture, especially due to all of the benefits it offers patients with chronic illness that Western medicine just is not working for.
A few of my classmates and I have enrolled in the Chi Institute to become certified in veterinary acupuncture. Our classes start this summer, and we cannot wait to see all of the alternative treatments available to animals. Never in a million years did I think that this is something that I would be interested in, but thanks to LSU for educating its students about the multitude of career paths for veterinarians my classmates and I get to explore a completely new aspect of medicine.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing to become a doctor?
Veterinary medicine is entering a huge transition period. Technology is changing the way people practice and the quality of medicine that is available to private practices. I definitely feel like it is an exciting time, but I know that it will be a period of trial and error.
Since veterinary medicine is constantly evolving, practitioners are always learning new things. I think this is so important to continue to give your patients the best care there is. I hope to be the type of veterinarian who is excited about new ways to treat animals, while also being well educated and aware of what is traditionally recognized as the best treatment for a specific animal and its individual needs.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
My little brother and I were both adopted, but we each have very different stories. I was adopted within the United States (I was actually born only 2 hours away from my hometown), and my adoptive parents were in the room when I was born. My little brother, on the other hand, was adopted from Russia when he was 16 months old. Many people have a lot of misconceptions about adoption, so I always enjoy having conversations about my and Andy’s stories to inform people about the process.