Three questions for … Taylor Isberner, University of Alaska/CSU

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It’s not often — in fact, not ever — that a veterinary student we’ve wanted to feature apologizes for not responding quickly because she hit a moose. This struck me as the most Alaska of explanations possible! And that’s appropriate, because our latest featured student is an Alaskan through and through.

Dr. Kristen Britton, a member of our marvelous team of field veterinarians, chose Taylor Isberner (Class of 2021), the Fairbanks resident who’s part of a collaborative program between the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Colorado State to get more veterinarians into our community so they can do the important work that’s to be done.

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

I have learned how broad the field of veterinary medicine is. When I was a little kid I thought that vet med was only practicing veterinary medicine and caring for animals directly. I have had my eyes opened to how many opportunities there are in research, regulation, and much more.

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

I hope that veterinary medicine focuses on a One Health approach moving forward. As I prepare to become a doctor I hope to incorporate human and animal health in my practices. I plan on going into large animal medicine and hope to incorporate herd health and management and the concerns of human health.

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

Outside of vet school I blow off steam and manage my stress by playing rugby.

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Thanks, Taylor! Drive carefully, and look out for moose!