Even though it doesn’t make for a great story, I’m not sure when I discovered I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I know I’ve always had a curious mind and a love of animals. I grew up training and competing in agility with my Pomeranian, Fizz. My mom is a dog trainer, so I worked closely with her throughout middle school and high school. When I entered college, I had never actually worked in a veterinary clinic before.
My first veterinary experience was an internship at Spay Neuter Charlotte after my freshman year of college, which turned into a paid job after sophomore year. I also worked in a parrot rehabilitation clinic and a mobile mixed animal practice. I started VetPAC internship junior year. This internship opened countless doors for me: I travelled to APVMA at Iowa State University, was connected to several different veterinary and research opportunities, and met some of my closest friends.
I now knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a veterinarian, and with Dr. Trivedi’s help I focused on diversifying myself: I worked at a small animal emergency clinic and a mobile equine veterinarian, I participated in a piglet nutrition study, obtained a lab position in a nutritional biochemistry laboratory, volunteered in a lab at the vet school, and was a teaching assistant for biochemistry and ANS 281. Through these experiences, I developed a passion for research and decided to focus on the area of laboratory animal medicine. In spring of 2015, I was notified that I achieved my goal: I was accepted to North Carolina State University and Virginia-Maryland vet schools. I am now a member of the class of 2019 at NCSU CVM!