With our field veterinarians busy visiting the nation’s schools and colleges of veterinary medicine, we now have a steady stream of students to feature. I love these features, because I truly enjoy being around veterinary students but I can’t be everywhere! This lets me — and you — meet some of our brightest future colleagues.
Today, it’s Brianna Boyle, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (Class of 2020):
Would you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into to veterinary medicine?
What I imagined being a veterinarian would look like was your typical employment in a hospital setting, taking care of pets just like the examples I saw when my own pets needed veterinary care. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a world where being a veterinarian meant I could have an impact on the industry as a whole through innovation and entrepreneurship. Exposure to events like the Veterinary Innovation Summit and various conventions has shown me a side of veterinary medicine that is teeming with energy and excitement for ideas that can create new opportunity for the profession. My unexpected discovery was how my passion for veterinary medicine grew exponentially when I surrounded myself with leading innovators in the industry that are accomplishing incredible advancements for veterinary medicine.
My vision for the future of veterinary medicine is an industry that is much more involved with mobile health and virtual care. Veterinary medicine is entering an era of new practice models where appointments are held over various technology platforms, veterinarians go to client’s homes, and nurses are utilized to their full potential. I am preparing myself with the tools necessary to understand how these emerging technologies can improve patient care and hospital success. Not only that, but I am also entering the work force with a mentality of adaptability and curiosity, ready to try new things.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I am an artist! I love painting, drawing, and I especially enjoy interior design. I have been a self-employed artist for over 10 years; I had my first commissioned piece in high school. I started commissioning for friends and family and over time was creating pieces for large corporations. I think this skill has been uniquely helpful in my veterinary career thus far through hand-eye coordination during surgery and with visual assessment tasks like radiographs.