Meera Sriram ’16
Cummings School was a natural progression from my past experiences. I graduated from Northwestern University with a double bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and Political Science in 2012. My concentration was in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology, which has given me a great foundation for comparative medicine. Throughout college, I interned at a local wildlife clinic, volunteered at a city no-kill shelter, and worked as a veterinary technician. I have lots of research experience in both tuberculosis microbiology as well as disease surveillance and reporting at a local health department.
I am currently working at different dairy farms, conducting research on Coxiella burnetii (Q fever) prevalence in raw milk in southern New England. Our goal is to reevaluate public health concerns around raw milk consumption and aid dairy management in improving cow health and biosecurity.
Tufts is unique in that it offers a combined 4-year DVM/MPH program, as well as other dual degree programs (ie. Lab Animal Medicine, Biomedical Sciences etc.), which allows students to enhance their veterinary education with additional skill sets. On the veterinary campus, students are encouraged to engage in hands-on learning, since the school has connections with many nearby offices and clinics. There are also lots of opportunities to conduct research, work directly with faculty, and participate in fellowships or internships. This summer, I interned at a Trauma Research Lab at Mass General Hospital, collaborating with both surgeons and veterinarians.
Given my experiences, my current interests in veterinary medicine include clinical research, large animal medicine, and surgery. With a public health background, I can see myself pursuing One Health objectives in a government research or regulation position in the future. In fact, I would love to join the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service program or complete board certification in Preventive Medicine.