Marilyn is a third year veterinary student with a passion for
horses and plans to incorporate this love into a career in equine
medicine. She is originally from the the North Dallas area and
attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate education.
In 2006, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
with minors in chemistry and business. Marilyn graduated with
several honors distinctions including University Scholar,
Foundation Scholar, and Honors Fellows Thesis Scholar.
Between undergraduate work and veterinary school, Marilyn spent
time working and traveling the country. She resided for several
years in New York City where she worked in finance as a junior
trader at a hedge fund. She also operated a boutique in-home pet
sitting business in Flower Mound, Texas.
Marilyn has an extensive background of philanthropy. She has
severed on the board of directors of numerous charities, including
Impact Animal Foundation (formerly Woodstock Animal Foundation of
Texas), GALLOP NYC, and Flower Mound Furry Friends Rescue. She has
also served as fundraising director and executive director for
other charitable organizations.
Outside of class, Marilyn enjoys training for triathlons, riding
horses, traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and
family. Marilyn is a passionate horsewoman and has ridden since
childhood. She has trained and competed in Hunters, Jumpers,
Dressage, and Endurance racing. She is also a PATH-certified
therapeutic horseback riding instructor. She currently owns an
Arabian gelding, National Show Horse mare, two adorable Chihuahuas,
and a cat.
Marilyn initially was interested in both human and veterinary
medicine. She spent time shadowing at both types of practices and
found things she loved about each type of medicine. What solidified
her decision to pursue veterinary medicine is that it offers the
unique ability to help and enrich the lives of both humans and
Marilyn’s vet school tips:
- Look around at your classmates; these people will soon become
your family. The friendships developed during vet school will
enrich your life in ways you never thought possible.
- Form study groups with people you get along with. DVM students
spend most of their time either in class or studying, so it’s
critical to surround yourself with people who can help you to
remember to have a little fun, even when school becomes challenging
- DO NOT, under ANY circumstance, forget to take care of
yourself! It is critical that you do something outside of
school and studying to relieve stress. I HIGHLY recommend
making exercise a regular part of your life, as it is good for both
the body and the mind.