Evelyn Anna Hill
I graduated from Emory & Henry in 2014 with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry and am currently a third year vet student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrogate, TN. Although much of my time is spent in the classroom learning the fundamentals (everything from anatomy and physiology to medical and surgical techniques) for a variety of animal species, much of my curriculum is hands-on through the labs in my clinical and professional skills courses. Starting at the beginning of first semester I was learning how to do physical exams on both large and small animal patients. During that time, we also began working on our motor skills, doing things like stacking beads and tying knots with surgical instruments to work on dexterity and motor skills. This past (fifth) semester, I have been able to put all those skills and knowledge into practice, performing full physical exams, determining anesthetic protocols, and completing surgeries on our partnering shelter animals that have gone on to be adopted. I have also gotten to work with our larger resident teaching animals, doing things such as performing lameness and neurologic exams on horses and pregnancy checks in our herd of Jersey cows. Many people don’t realize that all veterinarians learn about and are knowledgeable about all kinds of animals, regardless of what species they intend on working with.
This summer (2017), I worked on a research project through the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA), based here at LMU-CVM, which examined the role of One Health in in rural Appalachia, specifically eastern Kentucky. Part of LMU-CVM’s mission statement includes service to the Appalachian region, something I can really appreciate as a graduate of Emory & Henry where service to community is so heavily emphasized. I don’t have any specific plans for after graduation at the moment but I would love to stay in rural Appalachia and practice mixed animal medicine. I am looking forward to completing my didactic learning here on campus and starting my fourth year full of clinical rotations at veterinary clinics across the country. I’m excited to be closer to my childhood dream of being a veterinarian and using my knowledge and skills to serve my community.
Part of [my graduate program’s] mission statement includes service to the Appalachian region, something I can really appreciate as a graduate of Emory & Henry where service to community is so heavily emphasized.