Young Alum of the Month: Chelsea Wolf

Chelsea Wolf
Title and Company: 
Veterinary Medicine Student at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. I will be graduating May 2016 and can not wait!
Lakeville, MN
Major and Graduation Date: 
Animal Ecology, May 2011
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

As a veterinary student, there is an intimidating amount of information to learn in this field.  The first two years of veterinary school consisted mostly of bookwork with some clinical experience mixed in.  As a third-year student, I have two-week clinical rotations throughout the entire school year.  This means A LOT of traveling, which I really enjoy.  Since August, I have traveled around California, Oregon, and Nebraska learning wildlife medicine, large animal and food animal medicine, anatomic pathology, small animal emergency, general practice, advanced imaging, zoological medicine, laboratory medicine, surgery and anesthesia.  To finish up my third year I will be studying global and public health medicine.  Then my fourth year, I will have four-week rotations in disciplines of medicine of my own interest all around the country and hopefully overseas!  Once I graduate, I hope to work in the conservation medicine field.

What you like most about your job/position: 

Now that bookwork is not the majority of my schedule, having hands-on experience with my rotations and studying medicine in a clinical way has made me even more enthusiastic about becoming a veterinarian.  Learning medicine for so many different species is extremely tough, but very rewarding. I really enjoy the aspect of being outside with field medicine and that every day is different.  I also like interacting with clients in small animal medicine.  Another aspect of veterinary medicine I really enjoy is the endless opportunities available for me with this degree.  I can find work in a variety of fields: USDA food animal medicine, Fish and Wildlife services, epidemiology, CDC, conservation medicine, exotics, large, and small animal medicine to name a few.  It is really exciting to think I will be capable of working in various areas of veterinary medicine with the set of skills I am learning in school.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Enjoy the valuable opportunities that ISU provides the students and soak up all the experiences as you can.  Keep your options open; you never know what may come your way!  ISU has an amazing College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with such a great variety of opportunities for extracurricular activities.  I definitely recommend participating in the National Student Exchange Program or traveling abroad.  I took part in the National Student Exchange Program at Oregon State University within the Forestry Department.

Favorite ISU class?
My favorite class was ‘Controversies in Natural Resource Management.’  I really enjoyed participating in the discussions with my classmates and learning all angles of a specific controversy.  The information I learned in that class was not something I could just read from a book.