One thing I love reading about our feature veterinary students is the passion they feel not only for their profession but also for life itself! Emily Brown (2022) of Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is the latest such example, chosen for our feature treatment by Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Kristen Britton!
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
My journey through veterinary medicine has been incredibly rewarding, and I feel that I am constantly learning new things about the industry and community. One of the most influential things I have learned thus far is just how supportive and collaborative the members of the community are. While attending the National VBMA Conference, I was able to connect with students from both across the United States and internationally, as well as with business professionals who generously helped connect me with people who share my similar interests. Through these introductions I acquired new mentors whose experiences can guide me and better direct my journey as I continue within this field.
What is your vision for the future of veterinary medicine and how does it influence the way you’re preparing?
My vision for veterinary medicine is for it to become an even more communal and collaborative field alongside our human medicine counterparts. I would like to help improve working with human medicine groups so that both veterinary and human medicine can benefit. Although medical advances and treatment techniques have been shared collaboratively between professions, I believe that we can advance the field of medicine for the benefit of every species on this planet in a more rapid manner by harboring a collaborative setting and a more consistent communication line. With this in mind I plan on continuing to hone my communication skills and melding it with my veterinary education to contribute to the advancement of human health. This idea also opens the door to pursuing research to help join the two fields.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
One thing that may surprise my colleagues is that in the future, after achieving my goal to become a boarded surgeon, I would like to travel around the world to provide veterinary care to communities and animals in impoverished nations where veterinary care is either unaffordable or nonexistent.
Thank you, Emily and Dr. Britton!