Three questions for … Oklahoma State’s Emily Arsola

Oklahoma State

As the current school year ends,  I’m already looking forward to meeting next year’s veterinary students! Thank you to all those students and schools in which we gave our talks.

This year was a bit of a “reboot” for us, and I’ll be sharing news soon on our plans for next year.

But first, our final featured veterinary student of 2016-17, Emily Arsola of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

Will you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?

I started the first leg of my journey to becoming a DVM on the small island of Grenada, at St. George’s University. While attending SGU, I was fortunate enough to work with incoming veterinary students through an educational service program.

Emily_3During these evening review sessions and countless pre-exam pep talks, I discovered a passion within myself for teaching and mentorship. I witnessed the real and positive impact I was having on my peers just by simply sharing personal experiences and guiding them through academics. Vet school continues to teach me so much more than medicine and for that, I am extremely thankful. I am still unsure of where I will land in this amazing profession, but I do know my involvement in education will not cease at graduation.

What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine, and how does it influence the way you’re preparing for you career?

The future of veterinary medicine is full of possibilities and challenges, which makes me so grateful to be heading into it! The field will continue to advance in terms of technology, community outreach and collaboration with human medicine. To stay as close to the heartbeat of these developments, I believe my production animal courses and staying up-to-date with the One Health initiative are critical for me as a student. I look forward to taking what I have learned in and out of the classroom into my career for the purpose of making a positive impact wherever I am called to practice.

Will you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?

I am absolutely obsessed with true crime! In my downtime, I thoroughly enjoy podcasts, TV series, and various documentaries. I cannot tell you when this addiction started or why, but an ideal Friday night involves my pup, Lester Holt, and the rest of the crew at Dateline NBC.