Jennifer Ozgur ‘13July 5, 2016
Culinary Arts Alumnus Featured in Oklahoma MagazineAugust 1, 2016
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Bachelors of Science in Animal Science, Class of ‘15
Where You'll Find Her Now
I currently work full time at Latham Animal Hospital which is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited small animal privately owned practice located in Latham, New York. I am a Veterinary Assistant and have also been trained to work as a receptionist as well. Some of the general duties I have as a Veterinary Assistant include supporting veterinarians and technicians in daily tasks by restraining/handling patients, filling medications, cleaning/maintaining equipment, feeding/exercising patients, and checking patients in before exams.
I got accepted to veterinary school and will be attending The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine starting this August for the next four years. I am so excited to be taking this next step in my education toward my career goal of becoming a rural mixed animal veterinarian and then a professor later on in my career.
“SUNY Cobleskill is a great place to discover who you really are and what you are capable of."
Applying Past Knowledge to the Present
Since high school, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I got to Cobleskill, I knew that I needed to figure out how I was going to make my dream a reality. Many of the courses I took were hands on and very fun. I learn best by doing things myself, so the curriculum really helped to reassure me that I was going into the right field.
Animal Pathology, a lecture and lab class taught by Dr. Lynn Geoffroy, is one class that really stands out in my mind. The structure of the lecture was presented in such a way that we knew exactly what to expect each week for our work load, which was split between vocabulary homework, case studies, and in-class quizzes. The case studies we did each week helped us get into the mindset of how a veterinarian would think: taking down a history on the animal, diagnosing it from a list of possible diseases, and what our plan would be with how we would treat the animal.
It relates to what I am doing now because sometimes animals come into the hospital where the doctor suspects a zoonotic or contagious disease and we have to follow specific protocols to protect ourselves and/or other animals from possibly catching the disease. I have also seen many of the lesions and diseases I learned about in class while working at the vet hospital. This class was very helpful and has a lot to do with what I will be doing as a veterinarian because I will be the one who will be diagnosing my patients with certain diseases.
I became a Resident Assistant my sophomore year and became a Senior Resident Assistant my last two semesters. I didn’t think there would be so many comparisons between my RA experiences and the veterinary field, but I have found there are many such as documenting a lot of what I do/say/see and communicating effectively with staff members and clients. The Student Success Center helped me create many resumes and cover letters which led to amazing summer experiences. They also helped me plan for taking the GRE and looked over my veterinary school applications. The professors at SUNY Cobleskill were so supportive of my academic goals and were often available for advice and help with questions.
I was also a part of the Honors Program which allowed me to complete special projects in areas of study I was very interested in. These are just a few of the ways SUNY Cobleskill helped me get to where I am today and I am so thankful for each and every one of them.
Students, Take Note
Try something new and venture outside your comfort zone. Take a class just because it looks fun and you know nothing about that particular subject. SUNY Cobleskill really lives up to its “Real Life. Real Learning” motto. We have so many hands on classes that sometimes going to class doesn’t even feel like class because it’s so fun. Reach out to those you look up to, whether it is a professor, a friend, or another student you don’t know well. Chances are they can give you advice and help you. Ultimately, what you put into your college experience is what you will get out of it. SUNY Cobleskill is a great place to discover who you really are and what you are capable of!