Tipsarp Kittisiam, also known as Minnie, was born in Nonthaburi, Thailand. In 2019, she received her D.V.M. from Kasetsart University, Thailand. Her interest in the spread of zoonotic diseases motivated her to obtain an M.Sc. (in Veterinary Epidemiology) from the same university. In 2021, she was awarded the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) and was invited to conduct part of her master’s research at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, PEI. She has since fallen in love with Canada and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, ON, under the supervision of Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton.
Researchers from the Atlantic Veterinary College and the Ontario Veterinary College are conducting a mixed-methods research to explore the experiences of Canadian veterinarians transitioning from veterinary school to working as a practitioner. This research is focused on the positive experiences as well as challenges encountered during this time. Results from this study will inform the development of a mental health training tool that will be further developed in late 2023.