We’re a little late getting around to Joseph Kamper of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine — he just graduated! Still, we’ve known him awhile through the VBMA, and we’re pleased to be able to feature him! Dr. Maggie Canning of our Nationwide field veterinarian team chose him to feature.
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered on your path into to veterinary medicine?
I discovered how valuable leadership and communication skills are. Throughout high school and during my undergraduate career I held various leadership positions with the intent to build my resume for the future, and I couldn’t have anticipated how crucial those imprinted skillsets would be once I transitioned into vet med.
Looking back I can now see that having past experience with clear communication techniques, conflict resolution, time management, and task delegation has been extremely beneficial when interacting with both hospital staff and clients.
My vision for the future of veterinary medicine is one that revolves around maintaining what’s already great about our profession while improving areas that are most in need, which as influenced my preparations for becoming a doctor in various ways. The aspect that I believe is extraordinary about veterinary medicine is that it’s regarded by the public as one of the most trustworthy professions. This is due to veterinarians being regarded as honest and having high ethical standards, which I’ve attempted to exemplify during my time in school.
In regards to improving areas of need, the issue of student debt seems to be getting more attention without getting to be less of a problem. In an attempt to best position myself to help efforts of improving this dilemma I was very involved with the Veterinary Business Management Association, both at the local school chapter and the national board level. This organization is doing all it can to prepare future veterinarians to be best prepared financially, and I believe it has given me the tools to assist in addressing the issue at its core.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
There are many ways to maintain a work life balance, and I have found two hobbies that help me attempt to do that. I enjoy restoring classic muscle cars, currently working on getting my 1969 Ford Mustang returned to mint condition. My second hobby is working on art projects; mostly I dabble in graphite sketching and watercolor portraits of animals.
Thank you, Drs. Kamper and Canning!