Our veterinary student profiles are back from winter break, as our field veterinarians are back out lecturing at the nation’s schools and colleges of veterinary medicine. We have a some new faces to introduce you to, starting today!
First up: Madison Davis, Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine (2023). She was chosen by our Dr. Kristen Britton.
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
The path is a far from easy for all of us who have gotten here. We all have hit our bumps along the road, some more often than others. I had so many astronomical expectations, but reality blew so many of my expectations out of the water.
The most unexpected of those was how incredibly important it is to depend on those around you. For most of us in veterinary medicine, we are, for a lack of a better word, loners. We want to do just about everything on our own; we are independent, strong-minded and resilient. I was no different, and to be honest, I wanted to believe that I knew how to do it all.
On the first day of our orientation at Midwestern, we got told to look around, and as we all started looking, our dean said you are now in a room of the 10%. This was when it really sunk in: I was with 130 students who were just like me, working towards the same goal. By the end of our first week, I was able to look around and know that this was my family.
Here at Midwestern, each and every one of us leans on each other, and would drop everything for one another. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, whether we are in the classroom, the teaching hospital or out in practice. I have learned that without all of these people around me, I would not be able to do what I am doing now. You learn to laugh, cry and everything in between with these people. The best part is that the whole veterinary profession is this way. We all have each other’s backs, and it is truly incredible.
This has been the biggest realization I have experienced thus far in my career. I have learned to lean on those around me, and I expect the same out of them that I would of myself. It is one of the many things that you don’t believe is possible until you get the opportunity to experience it. However, the second you realize it, it’s better than you could have ever imagined.
When I imagine the future of veterinary medicine, I envision having the ability to truly offer “best medicine.” I think that as we grow our relationships with one another, it is setting us up for collaboration on a level that veterinary medicine has not yet experienced. In a sense, I would attribute a lot of this to the “Not One More Vet” movement. We are creating a uniquely inclusive environment that will allow for veterinary medicine to thrive as it never has before.
This vision has already and will continue to influence me greatly as I become the doctor that I have imagined. For me, this means involved, multifaceted, family medicine. It means having resources, access to connections, and offering clients the medicine that they find important. When we let our relationships and our clients guide the future of our profession, that is when we will be the most successful as veterinarians. I hope to carry this mentality as the forefront of my future practice.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
After graduating with my undergraduate degree, instead of going straight to veterinary school, I decided to pursue an accelerated MBA with a focus in Business Management at W. P. Carey School of Business. It was one of the hardest things I have done, but something I would encourage everyone that wants to have a hand in business to do! Although it didn’t teach me everything I needed to know, it gave me all the tools I needed to learn.
In my free time, the little that we actually have, I enjoy making doggie bandannas, riding my horses and spending time with family.
Thanksm Madison and Dr. Britton!