I have a confession to make.
They say “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Well, when I started my job as Director of Alumni Relations at Penn Vet, I knew a lot about the field of alumni relations and I thought I knew a lot about veterinary medicine. After a few months on the job, I realized I had no idea.
What our alumni do for animals, both large and small, as well as for human beings, our food system, medical research, government regulation, and the future of all living things is nothing short of amazing. So I said to myself…“What can I do to learn more about what our alumni do every day? What can I do to share with current veterinary students the work of our alumni? What can I do to tell the stories of some of the most amazing alumni I have ever met?”
From these questions came the birth of the “Day in the Life of a Penn Vet Alum” project. As I embark on this exciting journey, I go with an open mind. All I know is that it is going to be an adventure of learning and exploration, and I just hope I do the stories justice. I am open to any and all opportunities, knowing that even if I follow alumni doing similar work, it won’t matter – each and every story will be unique.
And hence, my first unique Day in the Life adventure began on May 2, 2013…
Day in the Life -- On May 2, 2013, I visited Nate Harvey, V'03, at his large animal hospital, the Quakertown Veterinary Clinic in Quakertown, PA, so I could better understand what it means to be a large animal veterinarian. Here's what I learned...