Three questions for … Iowa State’s Megan Tuschen

Megan Tuschen, Iowa State CVM class of 2022

While it goes without saying that our field veterinarians are not traveling to in-person lectures at our schools and colleges of veterinary medicine right now, that doesn’t mean they’re not busy. There have always been a few schools where webinars were a more practical choice, either on our end or on the students’. So we just upped that game, and moved on with our work.

And yes, even though we’re not meeting in person at this time, we’re still choosing veterinary students to feature. The latest is  Megan Tuschen, of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2022), chosen by Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Brandon Thornberry.

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

One of my favorite discoveries is that a clinic is more often like a family. I have had the privilege to work in a clinic where you are greeted every morning with smiles and good mornings, where the staff and doctors want to help you succeed and teach you every chance they get.

Megan Tuschen, Iowa State CVM class of 2022Sadly, I have also worked in a clinic where I felt invisible and unwanted. I am glad to have had both of these experiences because it has taught me what type of veterinarian and person I want to be.

Once I get out of vet school I want to work at, and I hope someday own, a clinic where the staff feel welcome and appreciated every day. I hope I can help build an environment that is more like family and not just another day at work. Working in a variety of clinics has taught me just how important the whole staff is and how good team work can make or break you.

What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?

The role of some animals in peoples’ lives has evolved from just a source of food, work and income to being a part of the family. With these changes veterinary medicine has made many technological and medical advancements in order to keep up with the standard of care that has become expected of us. I believe that the standard of care for pets is only going to increase with clients being willing to do more to keep their animals healthy.

In school, I am preparing for this by participating in wet labs where I can get hands on experience in practicing new techniques and procedures. This year I had the opportunity to attend a wet lab to practice performing and reading ultrasounds. This technology is one of many that is becoming more and more widely used in veterinary medicine.

I plan to continue to take advantage of these opportunities to improve my knowledge of veterinary medicine and the ever expanding advancements in technology. By doing this I hope to be able to provide my clients and patients with the best care possible.

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

The veterinary profession has a lot to be proud of. We play a vital role in today’s society that proves to be important even during times such as what we are facing right now.

With everyone having to slow down their lives and spend more time at home, we are also spending more time with our pets and livestock.  Being at home myself right now, I know that my animals have made coping with our new reality a lot easier.

It is a great privilege that we get to  take care of these animals and keep them happy and healthy.

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Thank you, Megan and Dr. Thornberry!