AABP Students

Bobbi Ann) My name is Bobbi Ann Shanks and I am a current third year veterinary student at Kansas State University in the College of Vet Med. And I am originally from Columbus, Kansas, which is in the southeast corner of the state. I’ve always been a K-State fan growing up. We’ve had a lot of family go through here both through undergrad and through Vet Med as well. So, it’s a great school. They have a really great cattle background. And they have great, great faculty up here and so that was kind of the reason that pulled me in and the reason that I stayed with my Kansas roots and have been up here for seven years now. (Taylor) I’m Taylor Nikkel and I’m a second year here at the Kansas State University College of Vet Med. I only did part of my undergrad here at Kansas State. I did two years at Cloud County Community College before transferring here to Kansas State to do my undergrad. I did a year of undergrad here before I got in to the Vet Med program. And I am the fundraiser chair for the student chapter of AABP. (Bobbi Ann) So our student AABP chapter is really involved here at K-State. We do a lot of different activities throughout the year for our students. (Taylor) We do a lot of wet labs, which are al ot of hands-on activities here. We normally have a necropsy lab where we bring in animals that have issues and we try to run diagnostics on them and figure out exactly what is wrong. I guess that is kind of a hands-on experience on how to actually do a correct necropsy and what clinicians want here at the college and how to do it out in the practice later on. It also teaches us the diagnostic tools that we run. And it gives us kind of an early transition on how to read those, how to go about those and what the next step would be. (Bobbi Ann) And then we bring in some really good speakers from across the country and from within the state, that can…we hopefully give a wider view of actual practical experience for when we get out and get ready to either apply for positions whether we’re looking to buy into practices and just for some more technical skills that we might not be able to get here, just based on time. And so hopefully we get a wide variety of experiences while we’re here. (Taylor) That’s something that’s really important because even though you’re in the student chapter of AABP and you’re in the club, not everybody has that experience and background of actually before going out and talking to producers and know how to communicate with them. And by having that extra little time to learn how to do that and how to go and communicate with other clients is very important, especially in the ag industry. A lot of people don’t know how to communicate very well. And that’s one of the most important things about being a veterinarian is being able to communicate with your clients. (Bobbi Ann) After graduation my goal would be to become employed in a clinic that does a lot of primarily cow/calf work. That’s a lot of my background and I really enjoy it. I have done some stocker work recently as well, and enjoy that as well. But it’s…a cow/calf would be the ultimate goal. Possibly a mixed practice if that’s the situation that arises. Anything that I could really do some large animal and some field service work would be great. (Taylor) Once I graduate with my veterinary degree, I would like to work in a mixed animal practice. I really enjoy working on cattle. It’s one of my favorite things. But I also enjoy the smaller animals as well and so I feel like a mixed practice would be able to fulfill both those.

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