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The Leadership Program


Sarah Hooper

Sarah HooperBackground:

I am a native Georgian whose interest in veterinary medicine began with the Girl Scouts where I earned the Gold Award which included shadowing a local veterinarian. I went on to work as a kennel assistant and would later ask my veterinary mentor to serve as my undergraduate advisor while attending the University of Georgia. We have extended our mentoring relationship to include my graduate studies.

I chose Avian Biology as my undergraduate major at UGA, because the program offered hands-on learning experiences including a class that introduced us to surgery techniques. The highlight of my undergraduate experience was studying abroad in Costa Rica. Through hard work I gained admission to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary medicine after three years of undergraduate studies and in May, will graduate with a degree in Avian Biology.

Interests:

My spare time is devoted to volunteer work. I have been raising guide dog puppies since high school. When I started college I also became an Area Coordinator (AC) for Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. An AC is a volunteer position in which I recruit Puppy Walkers for Guide Dog Foundation, and provide them support throughout their puppy-raising experiences. As an AC, I also lead monthly instructional and socialization meetings, evaluate the progress of the puppies, and work closely with GDF's Puppy Department staff. My group has grown exponentially and we now have approximately 75 Puppy Walkers with four Co-ACs and a Pre-Puppy Coordinator who helps me lead the group. I serve on the board for Georgia Guide Dog Users and am a sidewalker/horse leader at Butterfly Dreams Therapeutic Riding Facility. I also enjoy a variety of needlearts and hiking.

Career Goal:

The veterinary profession offers a variety of exciting opportunities. I foresee entering academia after completing an internship and residency because I enjoy the teaching experiences I gained through serving as an AC and as Foal Team Captain at the Large Animal Teaching Hospital.