Jordan Weintraub: University of Missouri-Columbia c/o 2018.
Veterinary and animal
experience wise, I got most of my experience hours over winter and
summer breaks at small animal hospitals and pet clinics. I had zero
large animal experience when applying. I did a one week program at the University of
Pennsylvania, where I took
classes and a tour of the school and hospital. I also volunteered at
the Adams County SPCA, and had many dog walking jobs while at
Besides veterinary stuff, I was on the Gettysburg College baseball team for two years, and I played just about every intramural sport imaginable. I was a member of both the pre-vet club (not very active though), and CHEERS. I studied abroad in Cairns, Australia, in the fall of my junior year, and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I was in a fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, and I was the historian for about a year. I also had a job on campus where I filmed or kept score of many of the athletic events.
My name is Matthew Brady and I am from Tranquility, NJ. I graduated from Gettysburg in 2011 with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and I currently attend the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. I did not realize I wanted to be a veterinarian until senior year of high school when my chemistry teacher suggested that in lieu of being a dairy farmer. I began working at a small animal clinic in addition to dairy farming and really liked it. During college, I interned for three summers with a dairy vet in addition to working for a mason and at a moving company. At Gettysburg, I was involved in the Pre-Vet club; I was a re-founding brother at the Sigma Chi fraternity; I was a lab TA for Orgo 2, Cell Bio, and Bio 112; I was a lecture TA for Bio 112; I was an RA for two years in sophomore dorms; I did genetic research hair length in Scottish Highland Cattle as my senior thesis. At the U of M, I am involved in the Production Animal Medicine Club and this summer I did research on colostrum management in dairy calves at a dry cow dairy in Wisconsin. I am interested in production medicine, specifically dairy and beef. I spend most of my free time studying, but I try to get in some hunting and fishing when possible. I also love playing with my black lab Molly, spending time with my wife, and working on the house we just bought. I also ran a Tough Mudder with several friends from my vet school class this past spring and am going to do it again this spring.
My name is Kelly McConville. I’m 25 years old and from Damascus, MD. I graduated from Gettysburg College in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. At Gettysburg I was involved in Residence Life, Alpha Phi Omega, research on stress levels in shelter dogs, and of course the Pre-Vet Club. Since as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have worked at a mixed animal practice since my senior year in high school. This is where I fell in love with the idea of becoming a veterinarian and met a great mentor who has helped me along the way. I knew it was important to get a wide variety of experience so I volunteered at the SPCA, the exotic animal rescue nearby, and shadowed a local equine vet. During my summers I worked at NIH in one of their animal research labs and went to Belize to take two animal science classes. Belize was an unforgettable experience, where I had the opportunity to work with exotic animals, and do spays/neuters. Now I’m currently a member of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2013 in Blacksburg, VA. I’m tracking small animal, and am especially interested in clinical pathology, internal medicine, and behavior. At school I’m a class representative for our Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Association and coordinator for our Pet Loss Hotline. I also had the opportunity to travel to Italy on Agricultural tour offered to veterinary students. I spend most of my free time studying, but I know it will be worth it in the end. I have an adorable, toy poodle named Abe (I got him in Gettysburg!) that helps me study!
My name is Autumn Hynson. I’m from Reisterstown, MD and graduated Gettysburg College in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I am currently a member of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015. Unlike most others, I did not decide I wanted to be a veterinarian until the end of my freshman year of college. My mother is a small animal veterinarian and after going to work with her and getting hands-on experience I realized I really enjoyed veterinary medicine because of the variety of work you get to do. Not only do you get to work with many different species, but you get to do ophthalmology, dermatology, surgery, cardiology, internal medicine, and more just by being a veterinarian. Additionally, you can specialize if you really like working in just one of those fields. I joined the Pre-Veterinary Club at Gettysburg at the end of my freshman year and held the positions of treasurer my junior year and president my senior year. Also while at Gettysburg I did research on the effects of 2 types of surgery on the stress level of dogs, was a Peer Learning Associate for Biology 101, was a campus host, tutored at El Centro, and was involved in APO. During my summers I worked as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital, participated in an externship through the Center for Career Development at an equine referral center, did an externship in laboratory animal medicine, and was a canine swim therapy assistant. At VMRCVM, I am involved in many different clubs including the Food Animal Practitioners Club, Virginia Tech Helping P.A.W.S., and the Student Chapters of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Maryland Veterinary Medical Association and am currently tracking small animal. During my free time (and as study breaks) I like to run and bake. As of right now I want to go into private practice when I graduate, but I’ve only finished my first year so that may change!