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Beyond the DVM: Masters of Business Administration

It’s time for a new series! Many people think that once you go through vet school, pass your boards, and receive your Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) that the only option is to go into private practice and see patients. Fortunately, a DVM opens far more doors than just treating dogs, cats, horses, and cows. Over the next several posts, I’ll talk about some of the opportunities out there for graduate veterinarians beyond private practice. Read the rest of this entry

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Expectations vs Reality: Course Load and Curriculum

I’m starting a new posting series about my expectations of vet school and the reality that I’ve experienced one and half semesters in. As a pre-vet student, I had an idealized version of vet school; I was finished with “extraneous” subjects, like English and macroeconomics, and on to learning about what I loved: veterinary medicine. I would get to spend more time hands-on with animals, learning what I really needed to know to go out and be a veterinarian, not just a student who can regurgitate information. Read the rest of this entry

It’s All About The Animals, Part 1

As I’ve mentioned in past posts (see The End is Only the Beginning Part 1 and The”Perfect” Application”), animal experience is incredibly important in the veterinary application process. This experience allows for applicants to understand an owner’s perspective and to feel more at ease when working around different species. For instance, I have a lot of experience with horses and dogs, but not cats; other people in my class have a TON of dog and cat experience, but don’t feel comfortable around large animals. A lot of this variation is because of our future professional interests: I want to work with horses, while others want to focus on small animals, whether that be in shelter medicine or running a practice.

2012 Wind River Ranch Wranglers (photo: Jenna James)
My 2012 Wrangler Family
(photo: Jenna James)

I got my start in working with horses at the meek age of eight. My family and I were planning a vacation, and my dad goes, “Why don’t we go to Estes Park, Colorado?”. So my mom gets on the computer and starts Googling (keep in mind, this was in 2001 and Google wasn’t as huge as it is today) and finds Wind River Ranch, a Christian Family Guest Ranch, in Estes Park. We spent a wonderful, action-packed week out at “the ranch”, riding horses on trails and in the arena. I was hooked–my dad didn’t know what he had started! For my birthday later in the summer, I asked for horseback riding lessons. We were able to find a local stable that offered lessons, so my brother and I started lessons in October 2001. Over the next few summers, we headed back out to the ranch for more weeks of fun and riding adventures. Read the rest of this entry

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