and veterinary medicine, which many of them were surprised to hear about. I studied with Kareem at Java Monkey, an awesome cafe/wine and beer bar in downtown Decatur. He gave me a driving tour around all of Atlanta's multiple downtown areas, and we went to the Black Horse Tavern, my now-favorite bar (and everyone who knows me knows how much bars are totally not my scene), which has a basement for live-band karaoke! Next time I go, I'm totally going to be prepared to sing! I also got to visit my friend Priya, a vet student at UGA! She and her mom, who I also spent time with in Washington, drove down from Athens, GA and we had dinner together at Krog Street Market, which is a super toned-down and upscale version of LA's Grand Central Market. It was so cool to see her again and catch up. She let me know she's going to do a wildlife medicine externship at UC Davis next year. Hopefully I'll have a spare room to host her in by then! I also got to spend a bit of time with the other UCD vet students who were on the trip (mostly 2nd years), most of who I knew by face and through activities at school, but it was great to get to know them better.
At the CDC, I was really excited to hear about all the things their employed veterinarians' have done in their lifetimes-- they have been involved with a huge variety of wildlife and diseases and have traveled to many countries. There were many speakers from many types of public health government veterinarians-- food safety, environment/ecology, research, epidemiology, even border control! I am attracted to veterinary medicine because of the diversity in the day to day job and with our diverse array of patients, and I am even more now attracted to the public health aspect which adds another element of diversity in the veterinary career. Attending CDC Vet Student Day confirmed my interest in public health for me. I am excited to know about the Epi Elective externship at the CDC and hope to be selected for it when I am a fourth year. I used to be on the fence whether or not to pursue an MPH or MPVM, and I feel much more inclined to go for it now... Maybe I can do one through UC Davis so I can do a research project with SeaDoc! My idea of my ideal career is to be able to use my veterinary education to influence the world and society as a whole, and I have come to the conclusion that I can be most effective in a role with emphasis on public health. I am so thankful for the funding donated by a very generous person in the vet school, which made this trip possible for me and the other UCDSVM attendees!