Student Spotlight: Travis Kuhlman
When you meet Travis Kuhlman, one thing stands out – his genuine spirit. It’s no wonder this Semester Seven Rossie was recently commended by his classmates for making a positive impact on everyone he meets. We caught up with this Pittsburg native and he shared his journey to Ross Vet, his go-to places on the island, and his plans after graduation!
Your Journey Before You Came to Ross Vet
Before coming to Ross Vet, I graduated from Washington College in Maryland and enlisted in the Peace Corps immediately after graduating. I lived and worked in Nicaragua (Estelí region) for two+ years in the agriculture fields and focused on animals. I vaccinated chickens, cattle, and gave iron supplements to pigs. I provided a cheap, humane, and effective project to castrate pigs. I gave lessons on proper nutrition, and even brought in a veterinarian to provide physical examinations to a herd of cattle. I also built fuel-efficient ovens, planted gardens, and taught community members how to formulate homemade insect repellants. I whole-heartedly believe my experience in Nicaragua is what made me a viable candidate at Ross Vet.
One of the many things I love about this University is the friends I've made here, and who have helped me improve myself and learn. I appreciate the professors who take the time to make their classes engaging and put in the time to check-in on the wellbeing of the students. And my peers are a constant source of experience, intelligence, and practical knowledge.
I’d encourage other Rossies to surround yourself with good people to help you succeed in the program. Find a group of people that keep you going. It's easy to make excuses and procrastinate when others aren’t counting on you. It's harder when you realize there are others who you study with, encourage, quiz, practice, and share notes with relying on you just as much as you depend on them. Follow their example and improve yourself.
Favorite Course of Study in the Program
I enjoyed Parasitology in the second semester. Dr. Ketzis and the other professors dedicated a lot of time to teaching us the material in a way that was both interesting and informative.
Favorite Spot on the Island
I enjoy the view at the top of the volcano hike on Mount Liamigua. I also enjoy taking a moment to relax at the end of the semester one of the many beaches on the island.
Plans After Graduation
I would like to work in a rural practice. I feel like there's a great need for people in that field.
Travis enjoys writing and has published two novels! His works were featured in one horror anthology, a science-fiction magazine, and narrated online.