We’ve had a wonderful year visiting schools and colleges of veterinary medicine, and a wonderful group of field veterinarians representing Nationwide. Our most recent featured student is Jennifer Lane of Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (2020), chosen by our Dr. Tonya Sparks.
Would you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
I was always focused on equine medicine and couldn’t imagine anything else. I put the blinders on and was not open-minded. However, in vet school I have quickly learned that plans change! The direction I see myself going is always changing but has remained consistent between pursuing law school after vet school or mixed animal practice which is very different from where I started. Long story short: Expect the unexpected.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?
I think veterinary medicine is positive and the future of the industry will remain positive. Between the amazing colleagues, staff, clients and patients I think we are in one of the best professions out there. We all have our ups and downs, but the support we get from those around us is unmatched.
The awesome people and animals involved reminds me that while medicine is very important, it’s not the only factor that plays into vet med. Leadership and communication is vital in our profession to be able help clients understand and help our staff realize how much they are appreciated. So while preparing for my doctor status I like to give professional skills a little extra attention.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I am really interested in telemedicine! The wave is coming for the veterinary industry and will have a huge impact. I love staying up to date on the latest technology and how new legislation will allow it to work. It’s fascinating to see who pushes for which direction and the results (but maybe that’s the law nerd in me!).
Thanks, Jennifer! And on to 2019 for us all!