B.S., Animal Science, University of Kentucky
“ I enjoy that we are taught from the start to look at our fellow students as our support system rather than competition. Knowing how versatile, talented, and supportive my class is entering vet school lowers the intimidation factor immensely. ”Jessica Watt
Veterinary Student, Class of 2024
Tell us about your path towards medicine.
I have wanted to be a vet ever since I was a little girl. My family helped fuel this passion with our family pets and our love for the outdoors. From raising tadpoles to frogs, great memories with our pups, to bringing home several critters my mother was ecstatic to meet, my family and I were constantly surrounded by animals. My original desire to be a vet was strictly based on thinking animals were cool, cute, etc. It wasn’t until later in life when I began to see how versatile and valuable animals are to everyday activities and breakthroughs. With the introduction of animal sports, xenotransplantation, support animals, K9 units, and companionship animals, it can be seen that throughout human history animals have continuously been improving our quality of life. With this knowledge, I want to ensure animals are enjoying the highest quality life they can as well. Having the job of keeping these animals that clients consider family happy and healthy is a dream that I am so lucky to be pursuing.
What made you choose Midwestern University?
Midwestern presents a very positive and supportive environment which I believe is exactly what vet students need. After years of competing with each other for seats and trying to squeeze as many experiences and good grades onto our application as possible, Midwestern is a breath of fresh air knowing that we made it. I enjoy that we are taught from the start to look at our fellow students as our support system rather than competition. Knowing how versatile, talented, and supportive my class is entering vet school lowers the intimidation factor immensely. Also, if given the choice, who the heck wouldn’t want to go to school here and live in this beautiful area?
What are you most excited about going forward?
I am looking forward to our White Coat Ceremony. While it is postponed, I am happy that the staff has decided to wait until we can have the ceremony in person with our families and loved ones. It's a sentimental ceremony that I’m excited to enjoy with my classmates.
Jessica Watt is a Class of 2024 student from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale.