Three questions for … Dana Haimovitz, University of Florida

Dana Haimovitz and a large dog. Dana is a veterinary student at the University of Florida.

The school year may be winding down, and we may all be now familiar with socially distanced everything — including veterinary school lectures by our team! — but we’re still featuring veterinary students here on the blog.

Chosen by Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Tonya Sparks, today we’re featuring Dana Haimovitz, a member of the 2022 class at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

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

I discovered the importance of slowing down and checking in. I used to believe the only path to success is hard work and determination. What I’ve found throughout my time in veterinary school is there’s so much more to success.

We have a tendency as a profession to give everything we have to our passions. However, we must take the time to check in on ourselves and be present. By giving ourselves a little self-compassion every once in a while, we will have more space to give compassion to our patients and clients.

Dana Haimovitz and her classmates at the University of Florida College of VetMedWhat is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?

We can predict some of the future of veterinary medicine by looking at the past. Veterinary medicine seems to follow trends in human medicine. For this reason, I want to prepare for a future where pets are insured, and owners are more willing to seek out treatment options.

I am hoping to gain a certificate in animal acupuncture and learn more about integrative medicine while I’m in school. By doing this, I can provide my future clients more options and provide better personalized care.

Looking for the silver lining, what is one positive thing you think our profession can take from the COVID-19 pandemic?

We’ve learned a lot as a profession and a society through this pandemic. I think one good thing that came out of it is showing how we can adapt and teach in new ways. The online learning environment presented benefits and challenges that we were all ultimately able to work with.

I personally feel as if the more adaptive learning environment has been more realistic in regards to the challenges we’ll face in the real world.

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Thank you, Dana and Dr. Sparks!

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