Faculty Q+A - Shared screen with speaker view
Shaeleigh Wuollet
Are work-study opportunities available at the Wildlife Clinic?
Brianna Krebs (she/her)
How can a student incorporate research experiences into their veterinary career?
Tufts- Ford Barnet
What other topics would you like to hear about tonight?
Maya Reynoso Williams
From either personal experience or knowledge about the veterinary field, how easy/difficult is it to switch between fields/specialties once you are a practicing vet?
Chase Reinert
Is the summer undergraduate volunteer program going to be offered this summer?
Paige Walker
How are the signature opportunities worked into the curriculum? I am interested in the WCM opportunity.
Maddie Dupre
What is the best way for new students to get in contact about opportunities to get involved with working in the hospitals during first year?
Madison Kasbaum
Professor Runstadler: I’ve seen some articles on the Tufts website that you have researched correlations between small animals and COVID-19, have you researched correlation between the virus and other animals?
Sophie Zhao
Are opportunities with the New England Aquarium accessible?
Abigail T. Kaplan
What other opportunities are available for veterinary students during the summer?
Leah Fine
Are One Health/conservation medicine opportunities housed in infectious disease/global health? Are there opportunities/experiences available to students interested in zoo medicine?
Jenna Raffael
Is it required to choose your area of interest prior to starting your first year? (ex large or small animal or wildlife)
Delia Badger
What is the typical balance between hands-on learning vs more traditional book work throughout the school year?
Madison Slane
When can students start getting involved in the small animal ER and Large Animal ambulatory service?
Olivia Williamson
Do most faculty members do some amount of research?
Maya Reynoso Williams
Why did you choose to work at Tufts?
Shaeleigh Wuollet
What advice do you have for students regarding school/life balance?
Julia Tawil
What types of opportunities in shelter medicine does Tufts offer?
Yeon, Jeong
In what year do students get to have a real hands-on experience with patients?
Brianna Krebs (she/her)
Thank you all so much, all of those answers were extremely helpful
Nick Frank (he/him/his)
Here are the titles of presentations that were given at the 2020 Student Research Day
Olivia Williamson
How have you taught students to interact with and communicate effectively with pet owners during these curb-side-times?
Nick Frank (he/him/his)
One of the most amazing aspects of our profession is the ability to change career paths for your whole life!
Madison Kasbaum
The list of presentation titles is very interesting, thank you
Maya Reynoso Williams
In your personal opinion what is one of the most difficult parts about being a vet, and what about the profession makes it worth it to endure that challenge?
Abigail T. Kaplan
What advice would you give to your younger, pre-veterinary self?
Jonathan Runstadler
To the research discussion I’ll add two of our programs - International Veterinary Medicine and the Masters in Public Health that students do a project, usually involving some research as a part of completing those programs in combination with their DVM.
Tufts- Ford Barnet
Clubs range from lifestyle oriented to veterinary specialties. Many clubs offer wets labs and field trips. https://sites.tufts.edu/savma/about-us/student-organizations/
Madison Kasbaum
thank you!
Nick Frank (he/him/his)
Abigail - in case we don’t get to your question, I would tell myself to 1) get the most out of my undergrad experience because the courses and experiences have a huge amount of inherent value, 2) to explore veterinary medicine by spending time within the veterinary profession in whatever field you have access to. We think of practices and that is good, but you can work with vets in research, biomedical industries, public health, public policy…it does not matter because the main point is that you are exploring the profession you hope to enter, and 3) begin the practice of organizing your time and finding ways to balance work and play so that you can begin an approach to your own wellbeing that you can carry through to vet school
Madison Kasbaum
Dr. Tseng: I’ve read that you started SEANET, what seabirds do you typically monitor? How do you go about monitoring them?
Abigail T. Kaplan
Thank you so much for your response, I really appreciate your advice!
Flo Tseng (she series)
Hi Madison - thanks for your question. SEANET is actually not an active program right now but, in the past, we had citizen scientists patrolling assigned beaches looking for dead seabirds and submitting different kinds of data about those findings. It was a means to first establish a baseline of the sorts of seabirds one might see on a regular basis but then also be able to document mortality incidents in there are spikes in certain dead seabirds. Some of the more common seabirds we see a different gull species, auk species such as common murres, shearwaters, fulmars, and others.
Madison Kasbaum
Sad that it is not currently active, but that's very interesting especially since there is a large range of seabird species you study. Thank you for the response!
Paige Walker
I wasn’t able to attend the first two so I watched those
Maya Reynoso Williams
I watched sessions from last summer before I knew about the summer series!
Noëlle Tubbs
I had to miss the first 3 live, but I’ve been attending since the last one
Abigail T. Kaplan
I also watched earlier sessions, they are all very helpful!
Maya Reynoso Williams
Also I believe there is a place in the recording where you can see what is said in the chat
Tufts- Ford Barnet
Thank you Maya. I didn't know that.
Tufts- Ford Barnet
Is that true of the recordings that we put up?
Madison Kasbaum
I apologize, I have to leave early today. I will have to watch the last few minutes of the video recording today. Thank you to all the faculty for the advice, responses, and information!
Maya Reynoso Williams
Yes from what I remember I’ve been able to see the public chat for all of the recordings that are posted so far.
Nick Frank (he/him/his)
Maya - you have asked a complex question. The most difficult parts of being a vet vary across different people. One of the harder parts is the strain of having the responsibility for the lives of animals and the way that owners depend on us. When you lose patients or when there is more that can be done, but you cannot go on. Or when clients are upset. For new graduates, student debt is also a strain. With all that said, the amazing ability to be a healer, the way that veterinary medicine allows you to explore your curiosity, the challenges of cases, the role you play in the community, and the opportunities to work with animals and humans, and help both. I think we are better at recognizing the strains now and balancing jobs so that you might work 3 days in one job and volunteer in another, or you can change jobs over time as your life changes. I have NEVER once doubted that I chose the right profession for me. Great (and difficult) question!
Elizabeth A Rozanski
Also remember work-life balance doesn’t mean every day in a professional career! You want good weeks and months, but recognize that an occasional long day may be required..
Shaeleigh Wuollet
Thank you for your responses. I can't wait to hear more from Tufts!
Elizabeth A Rozanski
good luck everyone!
Flo Tseng (she series)
It was great seeing all of you! Best of luck!
Kayla Medeiros
Thank you so much to the faculty and Ford for taking the time to speak with us, it was so helpful!
Nick Frank (he/him/his)
Yes, best of luck to all of you. Have a good evening.
Giang Hoang
Thank you very much for sharing your stories and wisdom! It was so helpful and inspiring!
Abigail T. Kaplan
Thank you all for your thoughtful answers!
Maya Reynoso Williams
Thank you all so much! This was a great panel
Emily Lentz
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. This was such a valuable session, I really appreciate it!
Madison Slane
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us!
Rachel Formaker
Thank you for today! So wonderful hearing from you all!
Delia Badger
Thank you all! It got me very excited for the next few years!
Jonathan Runstadler
Thanks for coming, All. Good luck.
Jenna Raffael
Thank you all so much!
Sophie Zhao
Thank you
Katie Wall
Thank you for speaking with us!
Paige Walker
Thank you all very much!
Karisa Quimby
Thank you faculty! And good luck to everyone with applications!
Noëlle Tubbs
Thank you everyone!