We’re nearing the end of our student features for the year! This week, Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Brandon Thornberry has chosen Cassandra Kroncke of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2022).
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered on your path to veterinary medicine?
My path to veterinary medicine started with me not wanting to pursue veterinary medicine at all. I struggled as a child and young teenager to understand how anybody could go into this field of medicine knowing the heartbreak that comes at the end of an animal’s life. I told myself if I ever became a veterinarian, and I would never work with small animals as my passion was for aquatic animals only. It was not until I shadowed at an emergency clinic that I started to see small animal medicine in a new light. The idea that you can help someone in their time of need, when their pet is struggling in one way or another, made me really fall in love with emergency medicine. It is the quick thinking and having to problem-solve in the middle of the night to save a dying patient that finally solidified my decision to go into veterinary medicine as a veterinarian. Throughout my time in school, I have come to appreciate the wide variety of specialties out there and have even considered pursuing a few of them. The path to veterinary medicine is winding road that has many highs and lows, but if you continue on the journey it takes you, you will learn so much about yourself throughout it all.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine, and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?
I see the future of veterinary medicine becoming more focused around the telemedicine aspect of medicine as well as owners wanting to try new types of medicine or procedures to save their animals. We see human medicine integrating more telemedicine into their everyday lives and I see veterinary medicine starting to do that as well. The current situation with the pandemic has made some clinics focus more on telemedicine to reach more clients, and I see this expanding even more in the upcoming years. I also see more research being established to look into new procedures or new types of medicine to help animals live better and more comfortable lives.
Will you tell us something about yourself that would surprise your colleagues?
I am a huge Disney and Harry Potter nerd. Most of my days off are spent watching marathons of Disney movies. Harry Potter movie marathons are necessary at least four times a year if not more often. One of my favorite things to do when I lived in Florida was to visit Universal Studios and Disney World as often as I could. Even now, when I go back for breaks, I try to visit at least one park during each visit.
Thank you, Cassandra and Dr. Thornberry!