This year we have a outstanding team of field veterinarians who talk to students about pet health insurance. In addition to answering questions about the industry and how it helps pets, pet owners and veterinarians, the field veterinarians select one student from each veterinary school or college for our “Three Questions for …” series. This week, we feature Krista Boyles (2019). Our Dr. Kristen Britton chose her after her recent visit to the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
Will you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path to veterinary medicine?
Veterinary medicine has carried a stigma for quite some time that there are “too many vets,” and I was shocked to learn that is it quite the opposite. According to the AVMA, there are five jobs for every one applicant in the veterinary job hunt! This shows me that our profession is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds and people are starting to see their animals as valued family members as those of us in the profession feel so passionately about.
Veterinary medicine is moving towards a minimally stressful environment for pets and their owners while in the veterinary clinic. This movement is a long time coming, and I could not be more thrilled to make my future patients and clients happier. This influences my preparation for becoming a doctor because it has integrated into my schooling through communications courses that help to facilitate difficult conversations with clients including: money issues, euthanasia, and emergency scenarios. I cherish my interactions with clients just as much as my patients, and I think that veterinarian-client bonds are becoming stronger as the profession grows, ultimately leading to more successful medicine.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
My veterinary colleagues would be surprised to learn that even though I am entirely focused on small animal (dogs and cats), I am thoroughly interested in reptiles. During my undergrad, I worked in a reptile behavioral lab caring for the various lizards, snakes, and the occasional amphibian. Although I will not be pursuing reptile/amphibian medicine, they will always have a special place in my heart.