When did you decide to pursue veterinary medicine?
I first decided I wanted to be a veterinarian in elementary school, however at that point, I'm not sure I actually understood what it meant to be a veterinarian.
What did you do to prepare for veterinary school?
As I never had another professional career in mind, I tried my best to balance being a well-rounded student and being focused on veterinary school. I was lucky because my grandfather was a veterinarian, so I got to ride with him at a very young age to race tracks for his equine work. When he stopped working, I started shadowing the veterinarian that bought his practice. At age 16, after I had already been volunteering my time during my summers and on the weekends, I was offered a job at the small animal practice as a veterinary assistant. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have this opportunity as I was allowed to assist with surgeries, monitor anesthesia, assist in office appointments, draw blood, take radiographs, and perform treatments on the animals. I gained so much experience at this job and although I no longer wish to pursue a career in small animal general practice, I am thankful for the insight into the veterinary profession. I also worked to take all of the advanced classes in high school, was active in Odyssey of the Mind, Drama Club, the school musicals, Mock Trail, Band, Chorus, and Tae Kwon Do.