We have a new year and a freshly updated schedule of visits to our schools and colleges of veterinary medicine. Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Kristen Britton didn’t need much convincing to leave Idaho long enough to lecture at the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. While there, she chose Andie Drennan (2022) for our “Three Questions” treatment. Take it away, Andie!
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into to veterinary medicine?
Learning how many options there are in veterinary medicine was unexpected. There are so many opportunities to specialize, or to find careers outside of practice. Growing up and completing my undergraduate degree in fairly small towns, I had no idea there were veterinary specialties for basically everything there are for humans. I also was unaware that many veterinarians are employed by the military and government, and that many more work in academia. The possibilities seem endless!
My vision is for all of my patients to get the care they deserve. One of the biggest obstacles veterinarians face is that many pet owners cannot afford the highest quality of medical care for their pets. Many pet owners do not have insurance on their pets, and medical costs quickly add up, especially in chronic conditions. Many owners have to make difficult decisions that do not result in the best care for their pets. As a first-year student, I am always tucking away suggestions from professors on how to make veterinary care less expensive. I also hope to see the rate of insured pets increase, which I believe will make it easier for pet owners and veterinarians alike to provide the best medicine to pets.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
One of my biggest ambitions, outside of veterinary medicine, is to see the world! Vacations and traveling help me to finish my schooling in “chunks,” so I have something to look forward to in the near future, whether it’s camping in the woods or traveling through Europe. My husband and I have planned more trips than we will realistically ever be able to finish, but we look forward to continuing to check places off of our bucket list.
Thanks, Andie and Dr. Britton! Check out our most updated schedule to see when one of our field veterinarians will be at your school!