This week I have two students to feature! The first is Molly Wart (2022) of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She was chosen by Nationwide field veterinarian Dr. Kristi Yee.
Will you please share something unexpected you discovered or learned on your path into veterinary medicine?
I was surprised by how close-knit the veterinary community is. I had learned about how vet med has an impact in so many aspects of people’s lives, from companion animals, to working animals, to food, to public health, so I assumed there was an equally large number of veterinarians working to cover all of these areas.
However, I heard in a VBMA lecture that all of the vets in the United States could fit in University of Michigan’s football stadium at one time! Similarly, when looking for internships for the summer, I kept coming across veterinarians with whom I had mutual friends, or in some cases had even done their rotating internship at practices where I had worked. I think the small size and supportive nature of the veterinary profession really makes it unique.
My vision for the future of veterinary medicine is better opportunities for financial planning for pet owners. Pet owners want to give their pets medical care but are frequently surprised by the cost. As technology advances, the level of care that can be provided continues to rise, but often the cost rises, too. As such, money is often the limiting factor in a pet receiving or not receiving medical care.
It is important to provide more options to help financially prepare owners for larger procedures like a dental or unexpected emergency situations. This might be achieved by insurance or clinic wellness plans. Better financial planning could help create less stressful veterinary visits for owners and a higher standard of care for the animals. I am preparing for this by learning as much as I can about these options as they continue to emerge and thinking about ways that I could help bring those ideas to my practice.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your veterinary colleagues?
I didn’t have a pet growing up. My interest in animals stemmed from pet-sitting for my neighbors, volunteering at the local shelter, and at the zoo. My first and only pets (so far) were two beta fish in high school. I’m hoping to get a dog after veterinary school, and I want to name him Tesla, after the engineer/inventor Nikola Tesla!
Thank you, Molly Wart, and thanks to Dr. Yee for choosing her for the NationwideDVM spotlight!