Growing up in Davenport, Iowa, in a house just a short walk from the Mississippi River, my family had a variety of animals that maintained my curiosity in the veterinary profession. Never batting an eye in my pursuits, I attended the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie for my bachelor’s of science in physiology. During my undergraduate years I had wonderful opportunities to experience different facets of the veterinary profession at the Saint Louis Zoo and an emergency small animal veterinary clinic. At UW I also received an EPSCoR research grant, which allowed me the opportunity to pursue my growing interest in research, and was hired as a physiology teaching assistant where I had a chance to nurture my other budding curiosity, teaching. I was graciously admitted to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine with growing interests in the more non-traditional aspects of the profession. Between my first and second years of veterinary school, I accepted a position at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), which elucidated my interest in public policy, a facet of veterinary medicine that combines my interests in research and teaching with a wonderful opportunity to affect change.
I love to be doing things, whether running, hiking, sports, playing my flute and violin, or cooking and baking as a creative outlet after classes. I am currently training for the Tough Mudder, a 7-11 mile running course laden with 13 obstacles. Fun, insane or both? In the kitchen, I enjoy trying new recipes and combining aspects of multiple recipes into unique combinations, which are typically edible. Whatever the activity, I enjoy learning new things, taking on challenges, and putting creative twists on the classics.
My career goals are constantly evolving. Research, teaching and public policy are currently piquing my interest, but I’m still unsure how I would like to pursue these interests upon graduation with my DVM. Currently, I am considering pursuing a PhD or working for the FDA as I earn a MPH. I am excited to see how my summer with the Cornell Leadership Program continues to help me mold and hone my interests