7th Semester Spotlight: Jasmine Gibbs
We spoke with 7th semester RUSVM student Jasmine Gibbs about her role models, favorite parts of St. Kitts and goals for the future.
Where are you from? Where's home?
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Where did you go to undergrad and what degree did you earn?
I earned my B.S. in biology from the University of West Georgia.
What made you choose RUSVM?
I learned about Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine at a meet and greet event in Atlanta. From that day, I knew that RUSVM was the place for me. It was a new start, with new people, a chance to explore a new country, and of course, the start of my veterinarian education.
What has been your favorite part about living on St. Kitts?
The amazing scenery! Not many students are able to take a study break, walk outside, and see the beauty of a neighboring island and the stunning ocean sunsets.
What advice do you have for students coming to RUSVM and St. Kitts?
Form your own opinion about the island. Don't let others deter you from the adventures that are waiting. You may only have 2.5 years to live on an island. Make them the most memorable years that you can!
After being at RUSVM for 6+ semesters, what fact about yourself would your colleagues be surprised to learn?
I'm a violinist and have been playing since I was 11. I was part of a concert orchestra for 7 years.
Where are you going for clinicals?
University of Florida
What is your ultimate career goal?
I want to work at a hospital that focuses on small animal medicine and exotics. Eventually I want to open my own mobile spay and neuter clinic, catering to clients that are not able to come to a hospital. Another dream is to collaborate with a nonprofit organization like 4 Paws for Ability, providing service to the animals that help children with autism.
Who is your professional role model?
Dr. Sherri Bradley from my hometown. Dr. Bradley hired me when I was only 16 and has witnessed my transformation into a 25-year-old woman who will soon be earning her DVM. Like me, Dr. Bradley started off working at that same hospital when she was 15. She recently purchased that hospital! She inspires my dream of becoming a veterinarian and business owner.
What has been your favorite course?
Small Animal Surgery -- it reiterates past subjects such as physiology and anatomy combined with new hands-on techniques that I will need to know in the future.
What extracurricular activities have you been involved in at RUSVM?
I've been involved in the Pathology Club, Small Ruminant Club, ZEW Club, VBMA, VOICE and the Diversity Committee. I've been the president of VOICE for the past year.
If you could thank one person for all you have achieved so far, who would that be and why?
I have so many people that I could thank for getting me this far; however, it would definitely be my mom. My mom has been my number one supporter. She has never doubted my dream or questioned my decisions.