'13, BS, Biology
Student pursuing her DVM
Melissa's work has taken her from a small animal practice, to Holly Farms Animal Care Center, and most recently, the Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center. Melissa enjoys her work, which includes educating clients, monitoring anesthesia for surgery, taking radiographs, drawing blood, running blood work, placing catheters, calculating medication dosages, and administering the medications. She decided to become a veterinarian for a simple reason: "Because I love animals and I love to work with people and educate them about their pets.
"Becoming a veterinarian was something that I wanted to do from early on in my life; however, it wasn't until I worked in a clinic as a technician that I actually started the educational process."
With each veterinarian school setting its own entrance requirements, Melissa focused her sights on The Ohio State University (OSU), where she has recently been accepted. While the school doesn't require a bachelor's degree, she wanted to take as many liberal studies and science courses as possible to prepare her for the GRE. She is most grateful to Professor of Chemistry Sister Barbara Stallman, PhD, OSF, who played a pivotal role in her applying to and being accepted in OSU's veterinary medicine program.
However, she says, "All of the instructors were great. Everyone was helpful and truly wanted their students to succeed, answering questions and providing career and professional advice."
Her goal to own her own private practice for small animals is within reach. After she completes her doctoral studies, she will then either intern or work in a clinic. "My entire family is so supportive of me which has helped me a lot in my years at Lourdes. They have cheered me on with encouraging words while I worked full time and pursued my educational goals."
Oh yes, and of course, she credits her pets — Peggy, Capri and Oz — two poodles and a Siamese cat. She adds with a laugh, "They are definitely great stress relievers!"