The school year is winding down, and so, too, is our outreach program to veterinary schools and colleges. I have a couple more veterinary students to feature before we wrap for 2017-18, and I’m starting with Garrett Ryerson (2020) of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Garrett was chosen by Nationwide Field Veterinarian Dr. Kristen Britton, who likely enjoyed the trip to her alma mater!
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
Like many starting out, I had a very simplistic view of what it meant to be a veterinarian. Entering my third year of vet school, I found that my perspective on the roles a veterinarian plays has expanded dramatically. On paper, this profession appears fairly straightforward: Do you want to work on small or large animals? But what about working on aquatics, insects or pursuing practice ownership? The opportunities are endless!
While “doing it all” is not always possible, I do the best I can serving as an officer in Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and exploring medicine in some of the more non-traditional species.
Recently, I have become very interested in learning more about the honeybee industry, an area of growing urgency in veterinary medicine because of both the environmental concerns and the Veterinary Feed Directive. I am looking forward to working with our school’s entomologists next year and gaining more experience working with beekeepers.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine, and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?
The future of veterinary medicine hinges on the ability of veterinarians to meet the needs of their ever-changing clients. Being prepared for these new opportunities means that as veterinarians we need to have the aptitude to be trailblazers, ready to lead the profession to new and exciting heights!
I am a huge fan of using the opportunities that are available to learn more about where the field is headed, from experience in business and practice management through VBMA to developing leadership skills, serving on the WSU student senate and attending the Veterinary Leadership Experience. These opportunities and many others are allowing me to develop my potential to change with the dynamic field that is veterinary medicine.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
While I am a committed student and heavily involved at WSU, I actively make sure that I am taking time for myself and leading as balanced of a life as possible. As an avid outdoor person and runner, I spend much of my free time running trails in Pullman, hiking in the surrounding area and participating in intramural sports with my classmates. I am looking forward to running my third marathon this summer, spending time at my family ranch and climbing a few mountains as well!
Thank you, Garrett! You’re certainly the first potential bee doctor we’ve featured!