Our Nationwide field veterinarians are a busy lot! When they’re not traveling for us, they’re practicing veterinarians. We love having people represent us who aren’t all that far out of school themselves, and who can relate to the veterinary students they meet. Dr. Kristi Yee has been a Nationwide field veterinarian for a while now, and she chose our latest “Three questions for … ” student: Bailey Nelson (2021) of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
I discovered I love the people in this profession just as much as I do the animals. I have met some of the most selfless, genuine people in this career field. People who just want to help no matter what the cost to themselves even though they are placed in a world that can tend to take advantage of their big hearts. Under-appreciated in high-stress environments yet still yearning to save every patient who walks through their door. This profession can take a toll on the best of us, but you’re never truly alone because you make such amazing connections that allow you to reach out in your time of need without judgement.
Most veterinarians’ drive to go to veterinary school stems from wanting to help animals, as did mine, but as I’ve grown in this profession that drive has changed for me. I want to help the people in this profession just as much as the animals. My vision for the future of veterinary medicine is to have a healthier, uplifting work environment where doctors feel they can take time off, spend time with their families, not be on call 24/7, and don’t feel they are in this alone. I would love to see various communities of veterinarians come together to create support systems for those who are feeling compassion fatigue or who experience imposter syndrome. This has influenced how I am preparing to become a doctor by giving me a greater drive to become comfortable with myself as a vet so I can focus on helping others.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I have the biggest travel bug. Whether it’s little trips to Chicago or across the world to Dubai or Ireland, I love seeing other cities and cultures, meeting people, and taking a moment to just pause from this fast pace life style. I have even started to put my phone on airplane mode for any trip to truly disconnect and enjoy the moment. I have never traveled less than once a year in my entire life and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Thank you, Bailey! And thank you, Dr. Kristi Yee!