Happy Monday! This week I’ll be sharing my QandAs with two veterinary students. The first is Chase Cromwell of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University (Class of 2019). I’ll have another student featured on Thursday, so check back to see who’s next!
Can you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path to veterinary medicine?
The biggest and most pleasant surprise I discovered while on my path into veterinary medicine is the importance of the Veterinarian-Client relationship. It is often easy to think of only the medicine and the patient, and forget about the client aspect to our profession. The most successful doctors I have known are ones that have cultivated a strong and lasting trust with their client base, and I hope to achieve the same when I am practicing in a few years.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine, and how does it influence the way you’re preparing yourself?
The future of veterinary medicine is one that is increasingly intertwined with the field of human medicine. Cutting-edge technologies used in human medicine will be rapidly integrated into veterinary medicine, and we need to be able to best utilize these advances to improve our practice and our patient’s health and lives. This has shaped my mindset to be better educated on what new equipment and methods we should attempt to make available to all veterinarians around the country. This has also opened my eyes to ways that our form of medicine can, in turn, improve and benefit human medicine in the years to come.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
In high school in Scottsdale, Ariz., I was part of three state championships in football, and even have a Super Bowl-esque “Dynasty” ring to show for it.