I am a second year veterinary student at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. I have dreamt of being a veterinarian since I was four years old, when I shined a flashlight through my stuffed animals to "x-ray" them and diagnose their bellyaches. In undergrad, I fell in love with biological research, tracking the growth of our laboratory turtles for two years and presenting my findings annually at the Elmhurst College (my alma mater) research showcase, then moving on to pharmacological research at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine for a summer. In veterinary school, I found a passion for diagnostic imaging and am interested in pursuing this as a specialty after graduating with my DVM; I hope to use this specialty field to aid in the clinical diagnosis of disease as well as to pursue research that would help us detect disease even earlier.
This summer, I am pursuing the unique opportunity presented by RAVS to spend a week providing veterinary care to animals of an underserved region. While the hands-on experience will be valuable, the connections I make with our clients and the difference I will help to make in their lives and in their pets' lives is ever more valuable. Veterinary medicine is sometimes narrowly seen as a field that benefits a small sub-population - pets - but the truth is that, by helping the four-legged members of people's families, we are improving the lives of their humans as well! As more and more people come to regard animals as family and lean on them in times of hardship, providing medical care for animals means that their owners will be happier and healthier themselves too. Providing this kind of help through RAVS means that I can help make a difference - one pet and one owner at a time.
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