Throughout the summer you may have seen one of our “summer help” employees running around the clinic. Brianna, Maddy and Kaylin all spent their summers working for Anoka Equine in preparation for veterinary school. Their jobs entitled many different activities including: caring for hospitalized patients, cleaning up the barn, assisting with appointments, and much more! All three girls have intentions of going to vet school in their future. Maddy and Brianna have been accepted to the University of Minnesota and will be attending their first semester of vet school this fall, while Kaylin will soon be submitting her application to begin vet school in fall 2016.
Brianna recently graduated from the University of Minnesota earning a degree in Animal Science. She will be embarking on a new adventure as she starts her first year of veterinary school this fall at Minnesota. Her love for animals and interest in veterinary medicine started at a very young age when the local vet would come treat the numerous animals on her parent’s hobby farm. She grew up riding multiple disciplines and caring for her horses in her own backyard. “My experience this summer with Anoka Equine has been simply amazing! The friendly clients, knowledgeable technicians, and excellent doctors all contribute to a perfect learning environment. From farm calls to surgeries, lameness exams to pregnancy checks, giving medications and running blood work, it’s never a dull day here at Anoka! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the team and learn about what running a busy equine hospital entails. The vast exposure to equine medicine I have experienced this summer has confirmed this is the area of veterinary medicine I want to focus in!”
This is Maddy’s third summer working for Anoka Equine. She has always been a horse person and grew up riding and caring for her own horses. After her freshman year of undergrad, she found an internship with the clinic and has been a part of the Anoka Equine team ever since. She will be starting vet school in the fall and will be specializing in equine. Maddy has specific interests in surgery and equine sports medicine. “Before starting at Anoka Equine, I knew I wanted to become an equine veterinarian from working with my own horses growing up. Working at Anoka has fueled that passion and reassured that this is the right career path for me. Thanks to my wonderful coworkers, I have learned so much about veterinary medicine and what it takes to be successful in this career. Everyone has been so willing to take time to explain things and to allow me to be involved with every aspect of the clinic. Working with various patients and clients from day to day has been so rewarding and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this top notch clinic and people who work there. Moving forward into vet school, I am so grateful to have an immense variety of experiences and skills that I have gained here and the wonderful connections that evolved along the way!”
Kaylin will be entering her senior year as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota Crookston this fall. She will be earning a degree in Equine Science this spring with hopes to continue on to veterinary school fall of 2016. Her list of prospective vet schools include University of Minnesota, Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, Washington State University and Oregon State University. “After spending a day shadowing the veterinarians and technicians at Anoka Equine this winter, I knew this would be the perfect place to spend my summer in order to complete my undergraduate internship. The staff has given me so many opportunities to learn and grow as a student, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. Working at Anoka Equine has not only given me the chance to learn a tremendous amount about equine medicine, it has given me even more passion for veterinary medicine.”