Hometown: Bethel, CT
Education: University of Vermont, BS in Animal Science
I was drawn to Cummings School for its strong programs in such areas as international and wildlife medicine, and other, perhaps less traditional, areas of veterinary medicine. Also, I’m a true New Englander and certainly more a country than a city person, so the location was ideal for me.
I think Cummings School has unique strengths in fields that I am most interested in. The faculty has impressed me greatly in how supportive they are and how much they all go out of their way to ensure each student succeeds.
I have become involved in various One Health initiatives on campus. All of my experiences, from the One Health Day to starting a community organic vegetable garden on campus and many others have been matched with equal support and vigor by all of the faculty. Dean Kochevar, in particular, has impressed me as she has been extremely supportive and helpful. I know she is certainly a very busy person, and the fact that she has many times taken the time to personally help me and other students I think is quite amazing.
I am still undecided as to a career, but that excites me as I don’t think that I can really predict how my experiences will influence me in the upcoming years. I am in the international certificate program, and I hope to incorporate international work into my professional life. I am also interested in shelter, conservation, and behavior medicine. I am invested in integrating a One Health approach to medicine as I am equally passionate about the environment and sustainability and in unifying efforts across disciplines. Whatever I pursue, I know that the skills and experiences I gain from my time at Cummings School will help me succeed.