My name is Stephanie Thi and I am very excited to be a part of NCSU CVM’s class of 2022! I grew up in Bridgeport, West Virginia and attended NCSU for undergrad.
I graduated in the fall of 2017 with a major in Zoology and a minor in Biotechnology. I had originally intended to graduate in 3 years with just my major. However, I found the extra year to gain experience, as well as the extra classes I took for my minor, helped me tremendously in asserting my interests and improving my vet school application. In addition to gaining clinical veterinary and animal experience, I was able to participate in research projects at NIEHS, the Biotechnology Dept., the CVM, and the Poultry Science Dept.
Pre-Vet Club introduced me to other fields of veterinary medicine (large animal, public health, exotics, etc.) and leadership opportunities to help fellow my pre-vets. I was also a VetPAC Intern and an APVMA planning committee member when NCSU hosted in 2017.
Outside of pre-vet life, I was involved in University Housing as an RA for two years, where I was able to learn more about diversity and inclusion. Though there is a common misconception that veterinary medicine is only about the animal, I find it very important to get along with people of a variety of backgrounds and beliefs!
Someday, I hope to ensure the welfare of research animals as a laboratory animal veterinarian.
Shadowing small animal clinic
Working as vet assistant at small animal/exotic clinic
Shadowing equine vet
NCSU Turtle Rescue Team
Working with Merlin’s Kids to train a shelter dog to become a service dog
Duke Lemur Center technician assistant
Animal Phylogeny/Diversity lab
Arthropod Zoo volunteer at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
NC State Dairy Unit
Insect Genome Manipulation lab
NIEHS Internship- Comparative Medicine Branch
NCSU CVM Immunopharmacology Lab research assistant
NCSU Dept. of Poultry Science research assistant
NC Museum of Natural Sciences citizen science volunteer
Zoology with minor in Biotechnology
Honors and Awards
Phi Beta Kappa
NC State University Housing Brick
RA awards- local and NRHH
National Merit Finalist
High school salutatorian
High school Academic teams participation and awards
AP Scholar with Honor
National Honor Society
Undergrad Research Panel Speaker
NCSU VetPAC Intern
NCSU Commencement Marshal
Residence Hall Activities Council
Zoology Club officer
Pre-Vet Club officer
APVMA Symposium planning committee member
Nursing home activities assistant