I am learning so much about how far my DVM can take me. I have always known that I would be a nontraditional veterinarian. I’ve been worried that I might be limited in my options for this reason. This externship has taught me that I couldn’t be more wrong.
This week, I went to the Department of State and spoke with DVM and AAAS Fellow, Dr. Erin Casey. She is really getting the most out of her degree. Before becoming a fellow, Dr. Casey worked in private practice so she has experience in both camps of veterinary medicine. Her work at the Department of State sounds fascinating. She is making a real impact on the world. She is a Program Officer with the Cooperative Threat Reduction Biosecurity Engagement Program. The name alone sounds pretty awesome! Her office works mainly with biosecurity and disease surveillance. If you want more information about her fellowship, she recently did an interview for the AVMA Advocate. She was kind enough to show Alex and I the Department of State and we even got to eat in the executive dining room.
If meeting with Dr. Casey wasn’t enough of reason to feel like my career opportunities are endless, I also got to speak with Dr. Michael Gilsdorf, the Executive Vice President for National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV). He worked with APHIS for many years before coming to work for NAFV. He spoke about all the different careers veterinarians currently have within the federal government. USDA/APHIS, FSIS, CDC, NIH, and USAID are just a few of the areas where veterinarians are working.
There is a lot of talk about how the market is flooded with veterinarians. Maybe in certain areas there are too many of us but there are many other areas that need us! The list of places that see the value of veterinarians is growing everyday. This time in our profession is exciting. I have never been more proud to be apart of such an eclectic and resourceful group.