Before the pandemic closed all our universities, our Nationwide field veterinarians were busy as usual lecturing at schools and colleges of veterinary medicine. Now our team — like so many others — has gone to virtual visits and webinars.
But before everything changed, we had four student features in the pipeline. We don’t want to cheat those wonderful future veterinarians out of their turn in the Nationwide spotlight, so we’ve decided to go forward with them, even though there’s no mention of the current situation.
After these four students, our “Three Questions” will be changing.
Dr. Tonya Sparks chose Amanda Fowler of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine as the second of these four students.
Veterinary medicine has opened so many doors for me; there are so many opportunities I didn’t even know existed! I came into veterinary medicine with an equine focus, I am learning that I love aquatic medicine. In order to explore this interest further, I’m participating in research this summer to help improve aquaculture in Zambia. I’m excited to learn about the research opportunities in veterinary medicine and hope to help contribute to the OneHealth movement.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?
The world of veterinary medicine will continue to become more interconnected and our client communication will continue to evolve along with our technology. As a student, I am taking extra time to learn how to communicate effectively with clients, to improve both patient welfare and client satisfaction. In addition, as the incoming International Veterinary Student Association representative, I am reaching out to my international colleagues as well as local students to help facilitate cooperation between Mississippi State and the international community. I believe good communication skills will help me become a more effective veterinarian in this increasingly interconnected world.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I grew up in Florida but skiing is my favorite hobby!
Thank you, Amanda and Dr. Sparks!