“SMUSVM’s Dr. Shields had such a positive impact on me I felt I could pay it forward and be a positive impact on the veterinarians of tomorrow.””
I am a 2011 SMUSVM grad. I always thought I would go into equine medicine, but since graduating I have gone from a high volume spay/neuter clinic to small animal ER. Most recently, I accepted a position at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as the Multidisciplinary Lab Veterinarian/Instructor, where I am in charge of the colony of canine instructors -- the dogs used for live animal clinical skills labs. I also get the opportunity to assist the clinicians in both large and small animal areas of clinical skills. SMUSVM's Dr. Shields had such a positive impact on me I felt I could pay it forward and be a positive impact on the veterinarians of tomorrow. I look forward to what the future holds.
My advice for veterinary students is to always keep an open mind as you truly never know where this career will take you. You will have good days as well as bad, but remember to not let this career define you. You define your career and always follow your heart :) Oh, and you do remember more than you think you do!