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Stephanie Kozol ’15

Cummings School offers a wide array of elective and selective opportunities that are unique compared to other schools.  Programs are available here to provide hands-on experience in areas of specific interest to individual students. I also really appreciated the fact that Cummings School does not “track” their students. It’s important for students to at least be exposed to various aspects of veterinary medicine before deciding what is of particular interest. Also, the board exam (NAVLE) covers material on essentially every species, so having a good background knowledge base is very helpful.

I’ve feel fortunate to be involved in the ACE program, which introduces the concept of Evidence Based Medicine. This course is invaluable in its ability to teach students how to access, interpret, and then utilize various forms of information. This skill is essential in veterinary medicine, especially as techniques and theories are constantly advancing. ACE gives new clinicians the ability to find information that we haven’t learned yet with experience.

I have also enjoyed being involved in the Veterinary Business Medical Association (VBMA) for the last 3 years, and was the president of the Tufts chapter for 1½ years. This organization has allowed for me to network with practice owners, marketing executives, and regional medical directors of corporate veterinary hospitals, and even work directly with the president of AAHA. During my time as president of Tufts VBMA, we were recognized at the national conference for holding more activities and acquiring more student participation than ever before. This opportunity has allowed me to build my entrepreneurial skills and business acumen to be a better economic asset to potential employers.

Immediately after graduation, I hope to become an associate veterinarian at a small animal general practice hospital. Eventually I would like to own my own clinic using many of the skills I’ve acquired through the VBMA and the DVM program. I’m proud to represent Tufts as the Simmons business aptitude scholarship winner for this year.