Chaney Tambling ’14, biology/pre-veterinary medicine and Spanish for professional use; graduate student at the University of Illinois– Champaign-Urbana School of Veterinary Medicine
"I chose Augustana because of its pre-vet program, but it also gave me the opportunity to play both basketball and softball at the varsity level. I’m in the place I wanted to be at this point in time: ready to head to vet school and pursue my dreams of becoming a vet, but I’ve also learned so much more about myself and life than I ever planned or thought I could while at college."
Hannah Hart '13, biology major with pre-veterinary medicine emphasis; attends University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
"I liked that the school had such a high acceptance rate into vet school. After talking with an admissions representative at a college fair in Minneapolis, I decided to visit. I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of everyone I met, and I was very impressed with the Science Building (now Hanson Hall). I got a sense that I would be well-prepared for vet school if I attended Augustana, and I felt that I would have a fantastic support system on my way there.
Attending vet school was always the goal, but I don't think I realized how much I would grow personally and academically in my four years at Augustana. There are so many resources on campus to help students get where they want to go, and I found myself surrounded by the most amazing, driven, talented and passionate students, faculty and staff. I know that they played a big part in my development into a more confident individual and a more able scientist. I didn't imagine that I would achieve such growth when I started my undergraduate career."
Dawn Kernich '12, biology major with pre-veterinary emphasis; works for World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri
"The pre-vet program at Augie helped me to get involved with animals without having to actually become a veterinarian. I love working with animals but I didn't want to be the "bad guy" all the time. Now, I educate others about the importance of animal conservation, especially birds of prey, while holding a particular bird that I have bonded with."
Scott Wood ’11, biology/pre-veterinary medicine; graduate student at the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri
"I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember, so I am definitely where I hoped I would be. [At Augustana] I learned I am actually more confident than I often give myself credit for, and I’m very capable of adapting to completely different situations. With the liberal arts education, I had to take many classes on different subjects with very different teaching styles. I was forced to tweak my study habits accordingly, and was able to do so successfully.
I had too many peak experiences to name just one. I played a concert in Lucca, Italy, with the Symphonic Band and moved the audience to tears; I saw a live birth of twin calves during a job-shadowing experience my advisor helped set up; and I was finally able to match my 8K times from my first cross-country season after two years of injuries. You could say my entire time at Augustana was a peak experience."