Three questions for … Shiloh Landskov, Illinois 2020

Shiloh Landskov, University of Illinois veterinary student, with cat.

We’ve a few more veterinary students to feature before we wrap for 2019! Today, we’re shining the light on Shiloh Landskov, a member of the class of 2020 at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Shiloh was chosen by Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Emily Tincher.

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

Opportunities in leadership have taken me on an unparalleled path to growth. Over the past three years, I have been involved in the Veterinary Business Management Assoc. (VBMA). Through my leadership positions at both the local and national levels, I have discovered more about myself than I had ever imagined possible.

On this journey, I have learned how passion and positivity are how I focus best on what is ahead. Leadership has given me chances to learn from and work with so many other compassionate students. Throughout these experiences I have discovered that the veterinary world is not only about the medicine we provide to our patients, but also the people who surround us.

Shiloh Landskov, University of Illinois veterinary student, performing surgeryBy collaboration with a diverse array of people I became cognizant of how drawn I am to not only animals, but also people who have a desire to serve this profession! Collaboration, authenticity, and compassion are things I have discovered on this path that will definitely help me navigate the limitless world that is the veterinary profession.

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

For the future of veterinary medicine, I envision a powerful move toward positive energy and well-being. Veterinarians are plagued with the everyday pressures of being the hero of their patients. I think that we are privileged to have the opportunity to fill the shoes of these heroes, but with this responsibility comes an overwhelming sense of duty. As we have observed over the years, this can take a toll on the well-being of veterinary professionals. I hope to see the profession shift toward collaboration with people who are passionate about making foundational changes to how the profession is viewed and experienced.

This has influenced the way I have been preparing  at an introspective level. I have paid special attention and put in efforts to learn about how I collaborate best. I view myself as a starter and an encourager, and teamwork is a strong suit of mine. I look forward to collaborating with other veterinary professionals who have similar goals of improving well-being and implementing optimism to the profession.

Would you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?

I have a passion for playing the sport of rugby. Prior to veterinary school, I played rugby for seven years on both my high school and undergraduate teams. Over those seven years, I gained experience in leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, and most of all: lifelong friends. I am thankful to have found this sport, and I am very excited to get back into it after graduating this spring.

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Thank you, Shiloh and Dr. Tincher!