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Grad one year out pursues shelter medicine

As a first-year student veterinarian at the Ontario Veterinary College, Jodi Boyd had no intention of pursuing shelter medicine.

“I had a one track mind that I would go into small animal private practice. But I got bit hard by the shelter medicine bug,” says Boyd, OVC 2015. She completed a Shelter Medicine Internship at Cornell University before taking on a staff veterinarian role with the Houston SPCA.

Every day in shelter medicine is a mix of animal care, small animal herd health, wellness protocols, infectious disease management, surgery (especially high quality, high volume spay neuter), behaviour and enrichment program planning, investigations, epidemiology, public health and public relations, she says.

“I never know what the day might throw my way, but every day is fulfilling and I know I’ve made a difference.”

The Ontario Veterinary College provided her with a variety of opportunities to develop her own passions within veterinary medicine. “Some of this learning came through unique clinical rotations, like EcoHealth or Technology and Entrepreneurship in Veterinary Medicine, that broke the typical clinical mold and forced hands-on, in-the-field, creative thinking outside of traditional curriculum.”

“My advice to new graduates is simple: only accept what you want, but be open to new things,” she says. “On job interviews, ask a ton of questions, especially the hard ones to ensure the job has what you’re looking for.”

Boyd sought daily variety, chances to challenge herself and open communication in a fast-paced, supportive environment.

“My experiences have been incredibly positive because of this.”

As seen in the Fall 2016 issue of The Crest. Read the entire issue on the OVCAA webpage.

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