As we’re all careening towards the end of the year — where did 2019 go?! — I’m going to be posting a handful of our featured veterinary students before celebrating 2020.
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered on your path into veterinary medicine?
Through my first three years at veterinary school, I have learned how incredible and diverse the veterinary community is. The profession is smaller than most; therefore, it is easy to form unique connections in the profession.
Every member of the community is willing to help others and to collaborate in furthering veterinary medicine. The diverse veterinary career paths also continue to amaze me! Veterinarians have a unique role and can serve in small animal clinics, large animal clinics, government, businesses, and beyond. I am so excited to join a profession that has many different opportunities.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?
I see the profession better able to serve clients and their pets. This influences how I am preparing to become a doctor because it is so important that veterinary students take time throughout the coursework to focus on communication skills. Serving clients and pets is not always about knowing all of the answers to test questions. I believe that the future of our profession is so dependent on developing community leaders who can think critically, communicate effectively, and listen intently.
Would you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I love running marathons! I run at least two full marathons every year. To date, I have run 10 full marathons.
Thanks, Abigail and Dr. Sparks!