We’re not done done with the academic year yet! We still have two more students to feature. Today we’re asking our “Three questions” of Olivia Kaiser, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2022. She was chosen by Dr. Cyndie Courtney, one of our Nationwide field veterinarians.
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered on your path into veterinary medicine?
People almost never end up where they initially thought they were going to be. I have had the opportunity to talk to many professors, researchers, corporate veterinarians, and practicing veterinarians, and a vast majority of them have said that they had a different career path in mind when they originally went through veterinary school.
I have really enjoyed talking to these people because I have realized that there are many students just like me who aren’t exactly sure of where they want to end up after graduation. There are a lot more options open to me with a DVM degree than I had once believed.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing to become a doctor?
One thing that veterinary school has taught me is that our profession is constantly changing, and I think it’s an amazing time to be pursuing this degree. I love learning about the newest technological innovations in veterinary medicine and how they have such a big impact for both animals and humans. This has inspired me to become involved in research through my university.
Even if I do not choose research as my ultimate career path, I think it is important to be exposed to as many aspects of veterinary medicine as possible so that I can be a successful, well-rounded doctor.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I am a first-generation college student! Going through college as a first-generation college student has definitely presented many challenges along the way, but it has also made me into a very self-sufficient person. I think that I am also able to offer a different perspective to a lot of the difficult situations that are presented to us in this profession.
Thank you Olivia and Dr. Courtney!