Tufts University, Medford MA
B.S. Biology-Psychology 2012
DVM class of 2016
Growing up in the greater Boston area, Tufts was a household name. I aspired to be a veterinarian from an early age, and appreciated the outreach to the community and favorable reputation that Tufts enjoyed in Massachusetts. Visiting the Cummings School campus, I was struck by the warmth and friendliness of every person I came across. I applied to the Early Assurance program my sophomore year; the close-knit community along with the respected academic standards of Tufts made the decision easy for me.
Cummings does a great job connecting students with mentors, both in the clinics and through other programs. I have benefited from the mentorship I received during my summer research project, and have greatly appreciated the personal support I have received from the Deans during challenging times.
I had the good fortune to receive excellent mentorship in the Bridges Lab, conducting research on rodent maternal behavior the summer after my first year of veterinary school. I was interested in the research my facilitator from the Tufts Problem-Based Learning course, Bob Bridges, was working on, and I asked him to be my mentor for my NIH-funded summer research project. While I had previous experience in research, this was my first opportunity to completely oversee my entire summer project. I found that the encouraging mentorship combined with the appropriate autonomy allowed me to thrive and discover my own methods of problem-solving. The subsequent presentations on my research at Tufts’ Student Research Day and outside poster competitions strengthened my confidence in public speaking and research method development, and provided fantastic networking opportunities. The work even led to a publication in Developmental Psychobiology, an important goal for both Dr. Bridges and me.
Additionally, I greatly enjoyed volunteering for Santa Paws, a charity pet photography event during the holidays sponsored by Alpha Psi, the social organization at Tufts. The event raises money for low-cost veterinary care at Tufts at Tech. I had so much fun at the event that I took over coordination for it the following year, and hope to see it become an even bigger event in the years to come. I love how it brings clients, patients, doctors, students, and the whole community together, and allows first and second-year veterinary students to meet clients and their animals. While it was challenging to coordinate an event with so many moving parts, it was incredibly rewarding. Interacting with people and their pets is always a great reminder during the stress of finals of why we entered this profession in the first place.
I will be working for the US Army after graduation, and I know that the independence and leadership skills that I have gained while working on my summer research project, being involved in student leadership in SCAVMA, and organizing events such as Santa Paws will be just as valuable to my future profession as an Army veterinarian as my clinical expertise. I am looking forward to exploring the path to becoming a lab animal clinician for the Army, after gaining fantastic experience at Tufts.
For me, the best way to fight the stress of veterinary school is to go for a run. I rarely let a day go by without getting a run in, and spend quite a few weekends at road races with my dad. In the winter, I’m usually taking advantage of the weather to go snowboarding around New England with friends or family.