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Audrey Koid ’17

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bachelors of Arts, major in Biology, minor in Music
Franklin & Marshall College

The biggest draw of Tufts is definitely its people. Everyone I met during my interview, as well as during school, has been amazing. Rather than the cutthroat, competitive environment that I had experienced at other school interviews, there’s a sense of cooperation at Tufts; everyone is working together to make the quality of life better for the patients. Even among classmates, we’re all looking out for each other and cheering each other on to be the best that we can be. Tufts also cares about the community and its welfare, as is evident in many of its programs like Tufts at Tech, a partnership with Worcester Technical High School that provides low-cost veterinary care to underserved communities.

Before starting vet school at Tufts, my background was mostly in research so I was looking for a school that would allow me to gain more clinical experience. When applying, I was particularly drawn to the ACE program that aims to help students acquire skills required to be an excellent veterinarian, which are not taught in a traditional classroom setting. Since starting school, I’ve learned about even more opportunities such as small animal and large animal tech teams, and wild baby teams, where students can volunteer to help feed a variety of wildlife infants, including rabbits, birds, and possums. And this summer, I am working as a student technician in the Emergency and Critical Care department, where I’m learning a lot from the technicians and other students and doctors on how to provide the best care for very sick and critical patients.

I’m not sure where I will be after graduation, but I know I will be doing work where I’m helping the community—whether working for a rescue or shelter or volunteering at a clinic like Tufts at Tech.

One night, I stayed late past my shift due to a very busy and involved evening at the department. I was helping to triage and move overnight patients to the wards, when the dog on the operating table arrested. Everyone dropped what they were doing to converge around the dog. Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski started performing open-chested CPR, while residents and interns drew up drugs and placed catheters to give fluids and blood. It could have been out of a movie; from the initial crisis to how each member of the team moved together like cogs in a well-oiled machine. In the outer circle, we vet students, too, played a role in the script, scurrying back and forth to fetch instruments and materials. I have never been more thankful for doing the mundane task of checking off items in the crash cart the past mornings, because I didn’t waste a single moment fumbling blindly for suction tubes and drip sets. As a team, we had successfully saved the dog’s life. This experience reminds me of why I applied to vet school in the first place, and keeps me going when school gets rough or when I’m staying home on a Friday night, studying my notes and staring at powerpoint slides.