Three questions for … Shira Bleicher, Colorado State

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It wasn’t that long ago that most of the visits to schools and colleges of veterinary medicine were mine to make. While I don’t miss the travel, I do miss meeting so many students in person. Fortunately, our wonderful team of Nationwide field veterinarians make these trips and choose wonderful students to feature. I enjoy reading about every one of them!

Today … Shira Bleicher (Class of 2021), a transplanted Bostonian living in Fort Collins!

Will you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?

I have truly appreciated the collaborative and supportive environment I have found in my class. We all have misconceptions and fears when coming into veterinary school, and mine was of a cut-throat and competitive class. I m thankful that my class here at CSU has been exceptional. We all strive to work together and lift others up. I have seen classmates go out of their way on a busy day to make sure a friend is understanding a class topic, or even just to cheer them up with a cookie and a hug. I am appreciative for the support I have found every day, and I am eager to see how my generation of veterinarians will continue to develop into a community.

Shira3What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine, and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?

I would like to see care plans and pet insurance become more ubiquitous, and veterinarians have a large role in making sure this is accomplished. Clients often decide to turn down recommended procedures because of sticker shock, and I think this is an entirely solvable problem. With appropriate planning and budgeting, every pet owner should be able to afford care for their animal. This can be accomplished by having more conversations surrounding the importance of pet insurance, and by clinics striving to offer care plans that will enable owners to plan ahead and provide gold standard care. While in veterinary school, I have been learning as much as I can about the options currently available and observing how they play out in various clinics. I intend to share this information with my colleagues and clients once I enter the workforce.

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

My animal “career” started back in high school, when I volunteered every week at the Museum of Science in Boston. I worked collaboratively with the animal center and the exhibit halls to bring animals face to face with visitors, including corn snakes and a Savannah monitor lizard. My week revolved around the eager children and amazed adults that approached me to ask great questions. My monitor lizard handling skills came in handy during my first year of vet school: I helped extract a pet monitor after he had gotten stuck under a porch!

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Thanks, Shira! And thanks to Dr. Kristen Britton of the Nationwide team of field veterinarians for choosing you!