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Dylan grew up in Vermont in the small town of South Hero. His father had a few cows and a small turkey farm, so he was constantly surrounded by animals from the beginning. As a result, Dylan always knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian. Dylan hopes to work in a food animal practice after graduation.110 Articles
Roberta is a native Vermonter who grew up hiking local trails, skiing at the “Beast of the East,” and sailing on Lake Champlain. Although discovering a deep love for music and theater in high school, Roberta was inspired to pursue veterinary medicine by her aunt, who worked as a dairy vet for a decade in rural New York before transitioning to become a small animal practice owner and a Morgan Horse breeder. Currently, Roberta is most interested in small animal and mixed animal practice, although she finds pretty much everything interesting.107 Articles
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Maxbetter has been cultivating his interest in veterinary medicine since a young age. From being read Russian children’s stories about “Doctor Aybolit” by his grandmother, to going with his parents to see horses at a nearby stable as a child, to working at a local small animal hospital, he has thoroughly enjoyed learning about animals over the years.
He studied Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard before beginning veterinary school in 2014. Some of his interests within the profession include One Health and zoological medicine, the latter of which was sparked by a summer internship at the Israeli Wildlife Hospital. Maxbetter also enjoys playing soccer, biking, hiking, writing raps, making music videos, and spending time with his friends and family.80 Articles
Aubrey is originally from southeastern Wisconsin and is currently a fourth-year vet student at UC Davis. Some of her passions include reproductive health, livestock medicine, environmental toxicology, and the intersection of human, environmental and animal health. When she’s not in class or studying, Aubrey enjoys spending as much time outside as possible rock climbing, hiking, biking, and backpacking. She also enjoys cuddling with her cats Henle and Hobbes. Following graduation, she hopes to use her DVM degree to work in public health and food safety both within the United States and abroad.79 Articles
Clara is a fourth-year vet student hoping to work with small animals and exotics when she earns her DVM in May 2018. She has served in various mentorship and leadership roles including President of the Wildlife Disease Association chapter at A&M, and as a VetMed Student Ambassador of the school as well. Clara has also participated in research in a veterinary pathology laboratory.40 Articles
I was born in the year of goat, however, my favorite animal is a cat and my career goal is to be a feline medicine specialist. I also have a keen interest in integrative medicine and just finished a veterinary acupuncturist course in 2016. In regard to my hobbies, I actually enjoy cooking as much as studying. Developing a new recipe makes me feel as accomplished as getting good grades at school. No matter how difficult life or school is, I am always grateful to those kind people I’ve met in the US and I also met my husband here at LSU.39 Articles
Sara grew up in the rural town of Wilmington, Ohio on her family farm. She spent her childhood involved in 4-H, showing animals of all types from horses and pigs to dogs and poultry. After 11 years of competition in dog obedience, agility, quarter horse showing and livestock judging she attended the University of Findlay and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Biology in 2016.
After spending a year at Ohio State University taking graduate courses, Sara will begin classes at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. In addition to obtaining her DVM, she plans to complete her Masters of Public Health. Sara hopes to go into public service focusing on veterinary public health upon graduating.13 Articles
Tyler grew up in southern Quebec on a small beef farm which served as a rescue for the town’s unwanted animals. It was on the farm where her love for animals grew. Quickly she knew that veterinary care was her path in life.
Being accepted at Vanier College in Animal Heath Technology was a dream come true for Tyler. She’s eager to learn about treatments, biology, and apply it to animal care. After graduating Tyler aspires to specialize in large animals but is keeping her mind open to the small animal world.9 Articles
Happily married and a mother of two teenage daughters, Jenifer is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Penn Foster.
Jenifer works full time at an Emergency Veterinary Clinic that supports her drive to continue her education. Her hope is that her additional education from Penn Foster will better enable her to serve her clients and their pets. She is passionate about veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond.
Jenifer is hopeful that blogging about her journey through the veterinary technology program will help others realize it is never too late to act on your dreams and become a certified veterinary professional.7 Articles