As promised, I’m catching up on all the QandAs I’ve done with veterinary students around the country. What an interesting group of women and men! Today, please meet Amber Nealy of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University (Class of 2018):
Can you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
I didn’t realize the impact we can have on our profession, not only once we graduate but even as veterinary students. There are so many laws being passed and discussions being held that we can and should participate in, to better our futures and ensure we serve others to the best of our abilities.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine, and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?
Veterinary medicine is extremely focused on our clients and their pets, but I envision it becoming even more client-focused. Everyone knows veterinarians love animals. That’s a huge part of why we attend veterinary school. What can sometimes be overlooked is the fact we also love people. I want to be able to communicate well with clients and portray the knowledge we are taught in school in a clear, empathetic and understandable manner as well as ensure our clients know how valued they are.
We have communications classes in school, but I’ve also been communicating with our family ranch clients and with veterinary clients when I’m working at clinics. People are such a huge part of our lives, and I want them to know they’re valued. I plan to have my own clinic in the future and know that this will be a huge piece of how I practice.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I love to sing. While getting my bachelor’s degree in business, I decided to take voice lessons for fun. When I got to the studio, they decided not to give me lessons but instead, asked me to sing on television to help raise awareness for one of their causes. I also recorded a CD with them, and they did some marketing with it. I didn’t pursue singing past that but still love it.