Three questions for … Oregon State’s Raquel Schenone

What talented and multi-dimensional people veterinary students are! Oregon State’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine’s Raquel Schenone, chosen by Nationwide Field Veterinarian Dr. Kristen Britton after  a lecture at the veterinary school, is a gifted musician. Play on Raquel!

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

Veterinary medicine is a complex world, so much more than working in a clinic healing dogs and cats or driving out to farms and doing large animal work. Those things are just as important as anything else we can do as veterinarians, but we really can do anything we want to … own a business, work from home, specialize, study wildlife, live abroad, etc. The sky is the limit.

I recently attended a VBMA conference where I listened to veterinarians from all walks of life. One started out as an equine practitioner and now is heavily involved in chiropractic and acupuncture work with all animals. Another one was on the path to buying a practice, but life got in the way and she discovered her passion for speaking and now travels around the nation spreading her knowledge and experience to the veterinary world. It is incredibly exciting and motivating to see all the creative things we can do once we are veterinarians.

raquel1What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?

I envision veterinary medicine becoming more interactive between patients and practitioners. The expanse of technology out there for us to utilize is vast, and the surface is just being scratched. The new generation of veterinarians are very good at thinking outside the box, which is going to bring about ideas that we can’t even dream up right now.

I am making sure to keep my mind open to all possibilities as I continue throughout my journey. An important and worrying aspect of the future of veterinary medicine is the debt load. We don’t want to make decisions based on money because that is not what we entered this profession for; however, it is impossible not to keep it in mind as we prepare to become doctors. I have always wanted to be my own boss and own a business. That desire is now a necessity as I’ve realized it will be the only way to  conquer the debt I will have acquired from veterinary school. It is my hope that this issue will receive more consideration in the future because it needs to change, and I plan on being a part of that change.

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

I am a musician! My mom noticed when I was about five years old that I could not stop singing to the radio, so she enrolled me in piano lessons for the next five years. I was in choir throughout college and even sang at Carnegie Hall. In college, I taught myself how to play guitar and started writing songs and playing live. When I am not studying, I am learning new songs and trying to keep my voice from getting rusty. I am currently working on a project with a fellow musician and hope to play live again soon. Music is the best stress relief and it truly soothes the soul. It’s a similar feeling to spending time with animals , and I feel very fortunate that music is a part of my life.