Texas A&M Vet Students 'Practice' Innovation in Fourth-Year Clinical Rotation
Posted January 09, 2018
Michael George and Aurash Behroozi
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM) veterinary students Michael George and Aurash
Behroozi are taking advantage of the innovative technologies and
learning opportunities presented to them in the areas of radiology
and opthalmology while on their fourth-year clinical rotations at
the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospitals (VMTH).
When George started his journey in a pre-vet program at Tarleton
State University, he never imagined that his love for robotics in
high school would translate into his future career in veterinary
medicine. But instead of a robot remote control in his hands, he
now is looking forward to using a probe to perform ultrasounds on
“If I can have a probe in my hand all day, I’d be
happy,” George said.
A veteran who grew up living all over the world,
George has a special interest in radiology, and particularly
In fact, George hopes to learn how to use ultrasounds
to make more effective choices in treating various animals,
including dolphins and other wildlife. For example, performing an
ultrasound on an animal can give George a better idea of how
serious a disease is.
“Radiology can be used to stage cancers or look for
certain diseases, such as liver or renal disease,” George said.
“Oftentimes, you can make a diagnosis without radiology, but you
wouldn’t know how extensive the disease is. I think radiology is a
really useful tool and it should be used more often to make better
Though George is now confident he is destined to be a
veterinarian, he wasn’t always so sure. After spending a year in
the military, George decided to pursue education to become a
teacher. However, an experience with his friend’s pregnant dog
changed his plan.
“When I first met Blue, she was pregnant and about to
have her first litter of puppies,” George explained. “Dogs usually
don’t like to have strangers around when they’re pregnant, but she
came up and sniffed my hand. We bonded pretty quickly. Then a few
days later, I helped her give birth. After that experience, my
friend suggested I look into veterinary medicine.”
Since then, George has excelled in his studies and is
looking forward to more hands-on learning in his fourth year.
“I want to learn the day-to-day life of a
veterinarian,” George said. “I know the medicine, diseases, and
treatments, but I don’t know how to apply them yet; that’s what I
am really hoping to learn this last year.”
After graduation, George hopes to move north with his
wife, Susan, and his daughter, Sophie. He plans to continue
pursuing radiology and practice in multiple settings, including
clinics and even aquariums.
With his final year ahead of him, he sees the
opportunities as endless.
Keeping His Eye on the Prize
Behroozi has a special interest in small-animal ophthalmology,
despite his curiosity in many other fields, including
“If I could wake up tomorrow and be anything, I’d want to be an
ophthalmologist,” Behroozi said.
Though he is the first in his family to pursue veterinary
medicine, Behroozi is confident and ambitious. He said these strong
qualities stem from his parents who supported him throughout his
“My parents molded their children to be determined individuals,
to never give up, and always try their hardest,” Behroozi said.
Pursuing veterinary school has been Behroozi’s goal since middle
school, when he helped care for a childhood pet with epilepsy.
“It was really hard for me when my dog got epilepsy,” Behroozi
said. “It was traumatic, but I wanted to do something about
The event motivated Behroozi to learn more about animals and how
to help them when they are sick or hurt; this motivation, along
with the support of his family, pushed him to begin veterinary
school early, while he was still pursuing his biomedical sciences
degree from Texas A&M.
Although it may sound like Behroozi is strictly business when it
comes to academics, he said that taking time to destress is
important. In fact, Behroozi admitted that some may think he is a
little “too relaxed” sometimes.
“I’ve seen a lot of students get stressed out with school, but
one of the things I learned in college is that there is so much
information and you can’t learn it all,” Behroozi said. “You have
to manage the stress and take care of yourself.”
When Behroozi is taking a break from the books, he can be found
playing with his miniature Australian Shephard; visiting his
girlfriend, who is a first-year medical student; or playing sports
As Behroozi begins his final year in the DVM program, he looks
forward to learning more about ophthalmology and gaining more
independent-thinking skills. In addition, he hopes to get more
practice and experience in different procedures, such as surgery
and making his own diagnoses.
Though he has dreams of practicing out of state, Behroozi plans
to practice in Houston after veterinary school. No matter where he
goes, Behroozi’s uplifting and confident spirit will guide him
toward achieving his goals.
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Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
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Contact Information: Megan Palsa, Executive Director of
Communications, Media & Public Relations, Texas A&M College
of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science; firstname.lastname@example.org;
979-862-4216; 979-421-3121 (cell)
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