My name is Dani and I’m from the state of Utah. Utah is a desert, but I lived in the north where there were plenty of mountains to go around. I grew up in a beautiful place where the we joke about the small village life, but I loved it. I was raised on a small hobby farm with a couple jersey cattle, horses, chickens, and pigs. Growing up on a farm taught me a respect for animals and what they require. It is lots of hard work and time put in to raise these animals and give them a good life. This started me on the path to veterinary medicine as I found my love for animals and later down the road my love for science and medicine.
When I was in high school, I decided to make sure my dreams matched reality. I started volunteering in a vet clinic and watching the doctors closely for the good and the bad in the job. I made sure to ask questions, so I understood what was going on and what the job entailed. This proved Vet medicine was for me and I jumped in head first in the process.
After high school I got a job working in a clinic while doing my first degree. I would choose to be at work rather than school because that is where I learned best. I learned so much and loved every minute! I applied to vet school in my junior year and didn’t get in. I finished my and applied again only to be denied once again. Getting told no a second year in a row was difficult. I had to figure out what I was going to do for a year before I could apply again.
What I ended up doing was going on a mission for my church for 18 months. I lived in Germany for this time and reapplied when I came home for the coming year. I got accepted to two universities and got to choose where I wanted to go, which after being rejected I didn’t think I would have a choice!! I was stoked and made my way to Edinburgh University in Scotland to fulfil my dreams of becoming a vet. I haven’t looked back and have found fulfilment in this journey.
I love trying new things and traveling to new places. I have found some great opportunities around the world working with animals and giving back. It has helped me grow as a person as well as a vet and I would recommend gaining as much experience as you possibly can as you go through your studies.
Now I am a 4th year and so excited to be starting final year soon. My focus is to get as much experience in all the areas with an emphasis on small animals and diagnostic imaging. I can’t wait until I am graduated and practicing as it seems so long ago since I started this journey to becoming a vet.