DVM Networking Session June 21 - Crisitan Mastrangelo

            The Summer Core Program has provided me with a multitude of opportunities to learn about the various career paths that exist within veterinary medicine and the substantial research activities that take place in the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). In addition, the Summer Core Program has prompted me to perform meaningful reflections on what is most important to me both professionally and personally. Of the many events that were hosted by the Summer Core Program, I found the “DVM Networking Sessions” to be the most beneficial to me.

        For the second “DVM Networking Session” we received presentations from five different veterinarians: Dr. Dan Shock, Dr. Evelin Molnar, Dr. Tyler O’Neil, Dr. Paige Golden, and  Dr. Shawn MacKenzie. Each of them offered fantastic insight into the field of veterinary medicine, the circuitous path one’s career may take, and valuable advice about what has helped them succeed in their distinct paths. The discussion that most deeply resonated with me was Dr. Molnar’s. Dr. Molnar is a technical service veterinarian at Zoetis, however, her path has not been a direct one and her professional goals evolved as she advanced in her career.

        After graduating from veterinary school Dr. Molnar began her career as a small animal practitioner in a Toronto animal hospital. It was in this position that she became enamoured with fast-paced work and a busy schedule. Thus, leading her to pursue a surgical position in several emergency clinics across the province. Dr. Molnar described this job as “a constant learning opportunity, where no day is the same, and you are constantly being challenged”. After 14 years of this exciting job, Dr. Molnar decided she needed something less intense and decided to become a sales representative for Zoetis. It is at Zoetis where Dr. Molnar applies her first-hand knowledge of veterinary medicine to support veterinarians in the field by supplying them with knowledge on medical products in a practical way that would never be understood by what is on the label.

Dr. Molnar’s discussion especially resonated with me because I hope to follow a similar path to hers. I am an aspiring large animal veterinarian. I hope to one day graduate from veterinary school and then work as a veterinarian in clinical practice. While working in clinical practice I wish to gain insight into the common dilemmas of animals, veterinarians, and farmers and eventually move into government or industry where I can apply my knowledge to resolve some of these issues. My interests are also very expansive and include animal welfare with an emphasis on nutrition, surgery, and zoonotic diseases. I wish to further my education after veterinary school within these respective paths and learn as much as I can in the field. Dr. Molnar’s closing remarks and advice, “veterinary medicine is not one career, it allows you to do many things along the way, so be open and interested”, affirmed my willingness to explore all of these topics and showed me that you never have to stick to one path but should be open to all opportunities.