Many Biomedical Science majors, including myself, aspire to
attend graduate school. Some students want to become doctors,
nurses, physical therapists, dentists, or veterinarians (like I
do!). Many grad schools require a minimum number of hours shadowing
in your field of interest, although to stand out as an applicant
many students far exceed the minimum. As a veterinary school
hopeful, for me that meant spending time over winter break
shadowing at the Kendall County Equine Clinic in Boerne, TX with
Dr. Travis Nichols.
I have spent time shadowing in clinics since my junior year in
high school. My parents strongly encouraged me to explore the field
of veterinary medicine to make sure this was what I truly wanted to
do. I love being at the clinic because I never know what will walk
through the door - every day is different and is an opportunity to
learn something new. I have been so fortunate to shadow with Dr.
Nichols - he has an easygoing personality that puts everyone around
him at ease and he loves to teach. One thing that he has emphasized
to me is that the medicine part of being a vet becomes easy;
managing a practice and its employees, handling client expectations
and human emotions on the other hand can be difficult at times.
Through his example, Dr. Nichols has taught me how to treat
everyone with sincerity, respect, and compassion.
I would challenge any students shadowing in their perspective
field to look past the medicine and consider how their mentor
interacts with his/her peers, employees, clients and/or patients.
These relationships define us and make the difference between being
merely good to becoming great.
I want to thank Dr. Nichols and all the amazing staff at the
Kendall County Equine Clinic for being so patient with me and never
tiring of my endless questions.