Gettysburg College Pre-Veterinary Club

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Melissa Rich: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine c/o 2018
Hello! My name is Melissa Rich and I am from Silver Run, MD. That is, a town so small it isn't on the map. I am a Gettysburg College Class of 2014'er; Biology major with an English minor. I participated in marching band and symphony band during my time at Gburg, and was also president of the pre-vet club for 3 years. I didn't start with veterinary medicine until my first year at Gettysburg. I had joined the pre-vet club and the other students really encouraged me to shadow if I was interested. Once I did, I was hooked! I commuted to Gettysburg and so was in a unique position in that the local veterinarians were the same ones that I spent my time shadowing with.This allowed me to foster some relationships between the club and those veterinarians. From the Summer of my first year on, pretty much all of my free time was spent shadowing local veterinarians. I started with Windsor Veterinary Service (equine) over the Summer, then, during my sophomore year I shadowed twice a week at Littlestown Veterinary Clinic (about 15 minutes from campus). Following that I spent part of a Summer at Carolina Tiger Rescue in Greensboro, NC, where we have an alumni connection; shadowed a diary veterinarian (Piney Creek Veterinary Services); spent Friday nights in the local Animal Emergency Hospital (Central Carroll Animal Emergency); and got a job working on a community-supported agriculture farm where I got hands on experiences with cattle, swine, sheep and poultry. My senior year I got involved in research focusing on dog vocalization and behavior, and studied the effects of a pesticide on chick embryonic development for a capstone course.  Being part of the pre-veterinary club here at Gettysburg was one of the best decision that I made, and allowed me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and attend awesome events like the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association's National Symposium in Florida! I am a part of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine c/o 2018, where I will be studying food animal and equine. In my spare time I play with my menagerie of animals, enjoy painting and spending time with my fiance.

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 Gettysburg. 

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. 

Matthew Brady: University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine 
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.
Kelly McConville: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine c/o 2013
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!
Brittany Evans: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine c/o 2015
Hi everyone! My name is Brittany Evans and I am originally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I currently attend Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and I will graduate in May 2015. I have had pets my entire life, and I now have a domestic short hair cat named Bubbles and a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlotte. Like most veterinary students, I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. For me, it was the only career option. I began volunteering at my local small animal hospital when I was fourteen and continued until I graduated high school. During college, I expanded my experience by working at UPENN’s New Bolton Center in the summer, where I participated in a research study on dairy cows. At New Bolton, I also worked at a reproduction barn and helped set up labs for the veterinary students and participated in equine embryo transfers.
I graduated from Gettysburg College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Neuroscience. At Gettysburg, I worked for Admissions as a tour guide and a Day Visit Coordinator. My extracurricular activities included Women’s Rugby and APO. I traveled to Kruger National Park in South Africa during the summer after my sophomore year where I studied the foraging behavior of Epauletted Fruit bats for my biology capstone project. I, along with Kimberly Bowe, founded the Gettysburg Pre-Veterinary Club in 2008. Kim and I really wanted to create a club that helped mentor incoming freshmen who had an interest in Veterinary medicine. Our mission for the club was to provide advice for appropriate course selection as well as arranging relevant field trips and speakers and to help students find internships and externships. I held the presidency office from 2009-2010. I am thrilled with how much the club has grown!
After graduating Gettysburg College in 2010, I attended St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, British West Indies, where I completed my first year of veterinary school. However, after living out of the country for a year, I decided that I wanted to complete my education state-side, so I transferred to Oklahoma State University. I am very happy that I was able to transfer and have really enjoyed Oklahoma since arriving in January 2012. At Oklahoma State, I was just elected the Hill’s Pet Food Student Representative for my class and I am also secretary of AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners Club). I am a member of SCAVMA (Student Chapter of the Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners Club). After graduation I plan on pursuing Equine Theriogenology or Small Animal Orthopedics. My best advice for pre-vet students is to get as much experience while in high school and college as you can in as many different fields as possible. Also, get to know your professors well, as this can lead to a great recommendation letter. Finally, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get into a U.S. veterinary school on your first try, both Caribbean schools are viable options, as both are now fully accredited with the AVMA.
Autumn Hynson: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine c/o 2015
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!