Three questions for Oklahoma State’s Ellen Nasser (2021)

It’s a wrap! We end this academic year by giving Ellen Nasser, of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Health Sciences, Class of 2021, her turn in the spotlight here. She was chosen by Dr. Emily Tincher of our team of Nationwide field veterinarians.

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

I discovered that the veterinary community is smaller than I had originally perceived. Whether it was professors, practicing veterinarians or even veterinary technicians, I found that many of them had previously worked together or were interconnected in some fashion. Thus, every time I meet someone in the veterinary field I make sure to make a good first impression, as you never know who they might have connections with in this small community.

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

Ellen2Owners turning more to the internet for their pets instead of to their veterinarian. I strongly believe this trend is going to grow even bigger in the future, as more vet information and products continue to appear online. Once I started to hear about this current trend, I realized that when I am out in practice I will need to make sure my clients realize the benefit of bringing their animals to me vs. following what they read on the web.

I think it ultimately ties back to price, experience at the vet, and the value of the visit. With this in mind, I have begun taking electives geared towards practice management, becoming an officer in VBMA, and making short mental notes that I can share with clients once I graduate. I want my future clients to use me as a resource instead of Dr. Google.

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

I competed in a lip sync battle to Avril Lavigne’s, “Sk8ker Boi.” I did not win but I would for sure participate again!

Thank you, Ellen and Dr. Tincher!