Student Stories is a collaboration between The Merck Manuals and real veterinary students. Our team of bloggers offers insights, tips, and a glimpse into what it’s like to experience veterinary school today. Meet our current contributors below. If you are a current pre-vet, first, second, or third-year veterinary student and are interested in becoming one of our bloggers, please visit our Blog For Us page to learn more.
Ben was raised in the great state of Maine. His undergraduate career resulted in a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Vermont and included a semester abroad living in the bush of Botswana, assisting with wildlife research with Round River Conservation Studies. During his third-year of veterinary school at Cornell, Ben ran his third ultramarathon, added a second dog to his dog pack and competed in his first sled dog race. Ben believes that life should not get put on hold during vet school, but that it is a time when we can all grow intellectually as well as spiritually. He will be returning to Maine next year to practice as a mixed animal veterinarian.91 Articles
Paula Simons is a fourth-year international student at Ontario Veterinary College. Before her time at Ontario Veterinary College, she worked in small animal practice. Paula’s veterinary interests include pathology, small ruminant medicine, and community outreach. She lives in Guelph, Ontario but is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In her free time, Paula enjoys photography, volunteering, and hiking with her dog Liberty.50 Articles
Sara is a second-year at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine as a Public/Corporate track and will be obtaining her Masters of Public Health in addition to her DVM. In school, she is very involved as a Student Ambassador, Vice President of her class and is involved in various clubs and organizations. Outside of school, you can find her exercising her wanderlust through hiking, traveling and spending time in the outdoors.22 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.15 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.14 Articles