Three questions for … NCSU’s David Tamas

Whoops! I wasn’t done with my featured veterinary students for the academic year. I thought David Tamas of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine had already been posted by our communications team. Sorry, David, and thanks for your participation!

Can you share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?

I discovered its great diversity, and that as a veterinarian there is much more than just the medicine. In addition to our medical training, through NCSU we have the opportunity to learn about personal wellness. Weekly Tai Chi and yoga classes, access to a licensed psychologist, and “wellness Wednesdays” are all programs to help ensure our personal wellness as we progress through this demanding education. Wellness Wednesday is a student-run initiative that allows us to take a break during classes and play de-stressing games with our fellow classmates.

In a profession where there is constant stress and high expectations put on veterinarians, these types of programs are essential to keeping a healthy work-life balance. There is a big movement for the health, self-awareness, and support networks to enable students and practitioners to live a better quality of life.

By better managing stress and promoting a healthy way of life, we can improve our lives which in turn will allow us to provide the best care for our patients and clients alike.

What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing to become a doctor?

NCSUDavidThe future of veterinary medicine will have an integrative and holistic approach to our conventional Western medical approach. Continuously improving and expanding our understanding of all types of medicine will provide the most comprehensive approach to treating our patients.

I am currently working toward a certification in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and believe that integrating this knowledge with my training at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine will provide me with a well rounded education.

This idea of an integrative approach has sparked my interest in research, especially pain management. Through research we have a basic understanding of how acupuncture works and how a medications alleviate pain. By taking both an Eastern and Western approach, pain can be managed in multiple ways in order to provide the best relief for the patient. I look forward to the advancement and progression of veterinary medicine to provide better quality care to as many animals as possible.

Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?

I love vegetables! Ever since I was a child, I will eat a cucumber or a tomato like an apple. I enjoy cooking new meals and love trying new foods at least once. It is hard as a veterinary student with very limited time and budget to prepare a wholesome meal; however, I understand how important it is to take care of my body. It is so convenient to just stop by a fast food restaurant to grab a meal, but we know our bodies pay for this decision.

Eating healthy, and regularly exercising helps me feel more energized.. Don’t get me wrong I love Cook Out, pulled pork, and fried chicken as much as any other North Carolinian, but I know to eat it sparingly and with a variety of fruits and vegetables as well.