Hi there, and welcome to my blog! My name is Brooke. I am currently a second-year veterinary student at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. This blog is intended to chronicle the life of a veterinary student throughout the DVM program, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I guess you might like to know a little more about me? Okay then, here it goes. I am 25 years-old, the youngest in my family. I have three older brothers, a sister-in-law, and two baby nieces. Also, the best and most supportive parents in the world. I grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York, but graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience from Florida Atlantic University.
My passion has always been wildlife and wildlife conservation. I’ve known I wanted to work with and save wildlife since the moment I first saw Steve Irwin on screen and learned what wildlife conservation was when I was 5 years-old. After school, I intend to follow those pursuits and work on the borders of human-wildlife conflict and in One Health medicine.
At school, I’m currently a TA for Vet Prep Intro to Microbio and Third Semester’s Virology, as well as the Secretary for the RUSVM Student Chapter of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (Avian Medicine Club, for short). I love being able to help educate others on topics that are particularly near and dear to my heart. I’m also a member of the Zew Exotics and Wildlife (ZEW) Medicine, Aquatic Medicine, and Wildlife Disease Association Clubs on campus.
In addition to veterinary medicine, I love writing for fun, reading, running, yoga, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, binge-watching Disney movies and Parks & Recreation, and baking. My two dogs, Lilo and Star Lord, are my entire world. They are the best dogs in galaxy, and I don’t know how I got so lucky as to be their human.
This blog is for me. Mostly, anyway. It’s meant to be an outlet, but a little more than that. If I wanted just an outlet, I’d stick to my diary. I also want this blog to be a means of connection to other vet students and future vet students. A means of both celebration of successes as well as one of commiseration in the immense stress and pressure of a field where you are responsible for the lives of creatures that cannot tell you what is wrong. Veterinarians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. This blog is meant to show that, as vet students, we are not alone. We are all going through it. Your way of handling it may be different than mine, but maybe we can learn from each other. Help each other.
If you’re a member of the veterinary community, this blog is for you as much as it is for me. Feel free to reach out, I’d love to be a part of a community here!
I hope that answered any questions you were hoping to have answered when you clicked on a page labeled “About Me”! Happy reading!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Any opinions expressed are completely my own, and are not representative of Ross University or any of their affiliations.