Three questions for … Tuskegee’s Carrisa Thomas

Carrisa Tomas, Tuskegee 2021

We’re almost halfway through  the academic year as far as our visits to veterinary schools and colleges go. So far, this year’s group of students we’ve chosen to feature have been inspiring!

Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Tonya Sparks chose Carrisa Thomas, Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of  2021, to feature following her visit.

Will you please share something unexpected you discovered on your path into veterinary medicine?

I’ve learned that the compassion of veterinarians extends beyond that shown to animals. It’s the deep connection between veterinarians and the rest of the world that gives veterinarians the power to be infinitely influential and trusted. I am excited to become a part of an elite bunch of movers and shakers.

Carrisa Thomas, Tuskegee 2021What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine, and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?

The future of veterinary medicine is bright and uncharted. Veterinary professionals must bind together to protect the quality and freedom of practice. With the help of the VBMA, I am learning about healthy business decisions in preparation for practice ownership. There is a call for veterinarians to step into the management role to enhance client satisfaction and excellent patient care. This is a call I intend to answer.

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

After residency, I will attend law school so I may advocate for animal welfare in yet another capacity. Familiarity and training in law will allow me to promote the safety and management of all species no matter my clinical specialty. This freedom will expand my reach to every corner of animal rights and increase my individual impact over ten-fold.

Thank you, Carissa and Dr. Sparks!