Samantha Gerb, Ross University
I've always known that I wanted to be a veterinarian. As I got older and started researching the profession I quickly realized that I had a variety of options with a DVM. When I finally came to veterinary school, at Ross University, I became overwhelmed with the plethora of careers I could have. I knew I wanted to be a vet, but I didn't know what kind. Did I want to be a small animal practicing vet? Go into research? Teach? I was completely lost.
Studying quickly occupied my time and I put career options on the back burner. Then, I got an email encouraging me to attend the 2014 SAVMA Symposium in Colorado. Although at the time I was only in my first semester, I was instantly excited and wanted to go to the symposium. At the time I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I figured it would at least give me a study break and an opportunity to make new friends.
A couple months later I arrived in Colorado, along with roughly 20 other Ross students. We were all excited and freezing. We were talking about what lectures we wanted to attend, what wet labs we signed up for, and how excited we were to there in general. As I got caught up in all the excitement I thought, “here is the perfect place to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life”.
I set out the first day of the symposium to gather as much information as possible from as many different people as possible about all the different careers in veterinary medicine. I talked to veterinarians that owned their own practice, to professionals who worked in the pet insurance industry, and people who were in research and development. I was able to sample a little bit of everything.