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The Leadership Program


Molly Benner

BennerPicBackground:

I was born in Washington, D.C. a few days after Reagan’s first inaugural address and stuck around through the next two administrations, attending prep school in Bethesda, Maryland. I really enjoyed growing up in the D.C. area because it afforded some fairly unique opportunities, though it has left me with a couple of frustrating sporting allegiances.  I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication.  At the time, I was interested in pursuing a career in sports-writing, which I did for a little while before deciding that I could probably make a more meaningful contribution somewhere else. 

Interests:

Athletics has remained an important part of my life, though, and many of my activities and hobbies revolve around recreational play and following my favorite teams and athletes. I still enjoy writing as a creative outlet, even if my only consistent audience is an over-sized Golden Retriever and two stubborn rabbits.  I became interested in veterinary medicine a number of years ago while working at a clinic in D.C.  I cemented this interest working at another veterinary hospital for a few years while living in Colorado.  I started veterinary school at Louisiana State University two years ago with the intent to practice small animal and exotic medicine, but have become increasingly interested in incorporating a research component into my career plans

Career Goal:

I would like to pursue an internal medicine residency with a research emphasis in immunology.  The joint frustrations of veterinarians and owners over the suffering of our allergy pets left a mark on me during my days in clinics, and I would love to contribute to finding more cost-effective treatment options that don’t rely so heavily on steroids.