Our latest featured veterinary student is Lily Greener (2019) of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Nationwide’s field veterinarian Dr. Tonya Sparks chose Lily when lecturing on campus recently.
Will you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
The most unexpected thing my path in veterinary medicine has taught me is the
importance of leaning forward a la Jack Kerouac; being open-minded about the blank pages of my life. I came into vet school so sure of what I wanted to do when I got out, but as I’m learning more and more, you really can’t plan for life.
There have been so many doors opened in my three years here at UGA, and I can say with sincerity that it’s so hard to not fall in love with so many aspects of this field. I am definitely a planner by nature, but veterinary medicine has taught me that you just have to keep following the bread crumb trail of what you enjoy until “the plan” falls into place.
I see the world continuing to get smaller and smaller, and I hope that veterinary students in particular will really come to appreciate how important it is to know what’s happening within our field on both a national and global scale. I’m really interested in advocacy and international vet med, and I think that ultimately the most important thing we can do now as students is to stay informed and aware of the issues our field faces and the many perspectives on those issues. I really hope that collaboration on all scales will be the defining quality of my generation of veterinarians. I love being involved in anything that that allows me to work with lots of people, and I hope to continue working to bring people together and share ideas.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I’ve been obsessed with architecture since I was about 8! For a long time, I thought I’d be an architect one day because I love designing buildings, houses, anything! It’s my go-to stress reliever and margins of my books and notes are usually filled with floor plans. Really just hoping to be Joanna Gaines someday!