Having known she wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember, Micaela LoConte ’16 will begin working toward her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. The prestigious and highly-competitive program is consistently ranked one of the top veterinary schools in the world.
“My experiences throughout my life as well as my time at HWS have only enhanced my love and appreciation for the profession,” LoConte says. “I’m very excited to learn more about the profession and increase my knowledge of animals.”
The four-year program gives students the opportunity to learn “in context,” as they begin working with animals during their first week of classes. LoConte says she’s most excited for the hands-on experience the program will provide. “I love working with animals and their owners because of the special bond that you can create,” she explains.
Although not certain which specialty she will choose, LoConte says she’s looking forward to exploring her options. The program allows students to specialize in everything from small animal medicine to diagnostic imaging, dermatology, oncology and cardiology.
At HWS, LoConte participated in an internship with a veterinary clinic in Seneca Falls, which allowed her to work with animals in a clinical setting for the first time. The experience, she says, solidified her desire to become a veterinarian and was instrumental in teaching her the basics of veterinary medicine.
On campus, she is a teaching fellow for the Chemistry Department, a student-researcher in Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kristin Slade’s lab, and a member of the Woodwind Ensemble and the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium.
“I have had so much support during my time at HWS from various faculty and advisers, I cannot thank them enough for seeing me through this process and helping me every step of the way,” says LoConte.