University of Missouri C/O 2021

Hey guys! My name is Taylor and I will be starting veterinary school as a first year this fall (just a few days away).

To give a little bit about myself:

I grew up as a child who was very interested in both animals and science. Veterinary medicine was not my first dream job as a kid. Growing up, I wanted to be a marine biologist. My father greatly discouraged this and told me to become a veterinarian instead. It was his insisting that led me to discovering that my dream job could be combined with his idea. And so the dream of aquatic veterinarian was formed.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I spend my time with my pets. I have 1 cat and 2 dogs. Unfortunately I have been unable to take my dogs with me to school so far, so my parents have been taking care of them until I am able to. I am a reader of all types of books and a lover of all things cephalopod. I also spend a lot of my free time knitting and crocheting. I love to make socks! (I know…lots of old lady jokes.)

My path to veterinary school:

I started shadowing a local veterinarian my senior year of high school. I asked several veterinarians about shadowing before asking this one and was turned down at all of them. I had been told by a very wonderful and encouraging man at Mizzou a couple years before, that if I wanted something, to keep going back and questioning them. So I went again to this one last veterinarian I had yet to ask and he gave me a chance. He turned out to be a great mentor and an awesome friend. I would not change the outcome of these events if I could. From this I learned that sometimes both persistence and patience is needed when we are going for something we want. The trick is understanding when and how to apply it.

I continued to gain veterinary experience during college and while in college I worked to gain many hours of research experience. By the time I was ready to apply, the summer before my senior year, I had veterinary experience in large animal, equine, exotic, and small animal. I graduated in May with my Bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology.

I applied to 5 schools; Mizzou, Colorado, Washington State, Kansas State, and Ross. I was initially flat out rejected from Colorado and Washington. Kansas put me on the waitlist for their interviews but then later rejected me. I received an interview from both Mizzou and Ross. I was put on the waitlist for Mizzou, and then later accepted, and was accepted into the Vet Prep Program at Ross. After much thought and consideration about both cost and opportunities, I decided to attend Mizzou.

At the moment, my interests lie in aquatic medication, specifically rehabilitation. I plan on getting as much experience as I can, despite being located in the middle of the United States…aka, not anywhere close to salt water. I’m excited to begin this journey and share it with everyone here!

Taylor

Countdown to Vet School

I’ve been in Colorado since the start of the summer (June 1). I moved back up here after completing my MS at Texas A&M, I subleased through the summer and boarded my horses about 30 minutes North of the school. Right now I’m in between housing as I needed to vacate my sublease before my lease for my new place begins. I’m excited to be all moved into the home where I will spend my first year of veterinary school.

This summer I took a job working at an equestrian barn where we do several summer camps teaching children to ride. I’ve been out in the sun hanging out with horses every day, it’s been great but the anticipation of orientation is definitely setting in; I’m so excited!

I also resumed riding along with one of my favorite veterinarians this summer, Dr. Wheeler. It has been quite the reunion and it has been great hearing him introduce me as a veterinary student! I’ve learned even more this summer from him!

In addition, I’ve also started meeting some classmates as they have been trickling in since the beginning of summer. We have gone out to breweries in Fort Collins and went tubing down the Poudre River. We are all anxiously awaiting the journey ahead!

Until next time!

Erika

Poudre River float!
Poudre River float group!