2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Molly Benner


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. 


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.