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Summer Aspirations

Summer Aspirations A few days ago, six fellow classmates and I gathered to have a catered lunch from a College Station favorite, Blue Baker, with our three faculty mentors. Every now and then we meet to discuss current happenings in the vet school and receive some sage advice about developing our future careers. On this occasion, being mid-semester, spring break and summer plans were big topics of conversation. Most of us are planning on catching up on sleep and TV shows during our Spring Break week, but a few relayed some exciting travel plans for sunny destinations; conversely, I know quite a few students and friends who are choosing snow for their week away. As for me, the mountains will have to wait until summer, when I plan to stop by my parents’ home in Colorado before hopefully heading off to a veterinary student internship! Last summer, I spent the majority of my time at home in Colorado, helping out with my family’s ever-growing ranch of animals an... (Read More)

Broaden Your Horizons

Broaden Your Horizons I want to take this opportunity to tell you all about my first veterinary summer experience.  I chose to apply for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to take part in the Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program.  We were able to choose a research program that one of the faculty members were currently working. I have always been interested in large animal medicine and disease prevention. I grew up on the United States - Mexico border and have witnessed the impact that border inspection has both on the American and Mexican side. I was lucky enough to have found Dr. Charles Long's lab, where they were working on antiviral techniques to prevent vesicular disease. The purpose of this work was to develop a method that stimulates the immune system to be in a poised state, which could block virus invasion. If successful, this new method could provide much needed protection to livestock and th... (Read More)

Glad To Be Home

Glad To Be Home This summer flew by!  After a brief bit of down time following final exams, I packed up a suitcase with 10 weeks worth of supplies and boarded a plane to Ithaca, New York to participate in Cornell University's Leadership Program for Veterinary Students.  Typically veterinary students spend their two free summers working in clinics both to gain practical experience and to remind ourselves of why we spend almost every waking moment pursuing medical knowledge during the fall and spring semesters.  However, after participating in Texas A&M's own Summer Research Program last summer, I knew I wanted to pursue another more untraditional summer experience.  This thought led me to Cornell's program which combines a research experience with an additional focus on the development of leadership skills. As a self professed nerd, I really enjoyed diving into a new lab and learning about a previously unfamiliar topic.  I was assi... (Read More)