Last month, more than 400 Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine students were honored in our graduation ceremony. One of those students was Kimmy Reid, or should we say Dr. Kimmy Reid! She graduated at the top of her class and received several awards during her time at RUSVM.
We sat down with Dr. Reid to learn more about her journey toward becoming a veterinarian, and her plans for the future.
What inspired your interest in veterinary medicine?
My interest in veterinary medicine began when I was a child. I have always loved animals, but when I started my first job at a local clinic I realized I loved interacting with the clients and their pets.
Why did you choose RUSVM?
I chose RUSVM because of how adaptable their graduates seem to be. Before applying to veterinary school I worked at several clinics, and all of the Ross graduates I worked with were by far the most professional and creative doctors. I spoke with one of them about their education, and they encouraged me to look into RUSVM. Best decision I’ve ever made!
How did you decide on a focus in small animal medicine?
Although I love all animals, small animal general practice has always been my favorite. In particular, I have a strong interest in feline medicine and small animal acupuncture. Large animal medicine is a lot of fun as well, but owners seem to have a keen sense of smell for people who don’t have abundant experience in this area of medicine!
My favorite aspects about general practice are the close relationships you build with the local community’s clientele and the creativity you get to use with different financial situations and cases. I may choose to further my education in the future, however I plan to enjoy general practice for now! I’ve scored an awesome job at a veterinary clinic in Dallas, Texas starting this month, I’m so excited to learn from such an amazing staff.
You aren’t from Texas, so what made you move to Dallas for your career?
I was very open to moving anywhere in the United States to start my career. I chose Dallas because I found my dream job! The staff is kind and has a great sense of humor. They have several doctors that have been practicing for years that can provide me with the mentorship I’m looking for.
What advice do you have for future veterinary students?
I think the best advice I can give is to remember why you began this journey. I think many times, we get so caught up in all the school has to offer that we forget our end goal. Set attainable goals when it comes to studying for each exam. Ensure that you eat well, make time to exercise and don’t forget to take care of yourself mentally.