The road to becoming a veterinarian is not an easy one, and Animal Planet is taking viewers behind the scenes at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). After four tough years of intensive training and study, six students are about to embark on the final leg of their studies as they head toward graduation. Penn Vet recently posted a trailer for the new series on their Twitter page, along with a comment that says, “We’re going back to school and enrolling at @pennvet. Don’t miss #LifeatVetU October 1 at 10/9c.”
— AnimalPlanet (@AnimalPlanet) September 13, 2016
In this six-part series, Life at Vet U provides an exclusive look at what it takes to make it in the highly competitive world at the school’s two internationally renowned teaching hospitals. The Wrap shared that Ryan Hospital provides services for companion animals, and New Bolton Center is a hospital for large animals. Both schools provide the students with plenty of training and hands-on experience that they will need once they graduate and move on to their own practices.
Broadway World noted that each Life at Vet U student is provided with the best in veterinary education, research, and clinical care training. Penn Vet challenges each student with daily high-stress and fast-paced situations, and they also receive rigorous training and important feedback from some of the top pioneers in veterinary medicine. To make sure each student is fully prepared, the school is equipped with some of the most advanced cutting-edge technology available.
From dogs and cats to horses, cows, and even zebras, Life at Vet U students are constantly challenged to be ready for anything that comes through the door. The school sees approximately 40,000 cases a year, and on any given day, students could get plenty of hands-on experience while performing all types of procedures, including routine checkups, surgeries, or spaying and neutering pets.
Twenty-seven-year-old Lindsay Gallagher is one of the students featured on Life at Vet U, and she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after volunteering at an animal shelter during her undergraduate years at Georgetown University. According to Animal Planet’s Life At Vet U bio page, Penn Vet was the perfect fit for Lindsay because of its strong Veterinary Business Management Association, behavior department, and proximity to her family in South Jersey.
— Penn Vet (@pennvet) September 9, 2016
Melanie Lang is 35-years-old, and she hails from the southeastern Pittsburgh suburb of Munhall. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature and working in the business world for six years, she decided it was time for her life to take a different path. This Life at Vet U student then quit her job, moved to Philadelphia, and enrolled at Penn Vet.
Twenty-six-year-old Max Emanuel is a fourth year Life at Vet U student from southwestern Connecticut. While on vacation with his grandparents in Africa, Max developed a strong bond with animals. During his first year at Penn Vet, he met fellow classmate Melissa Milligan, and they share a one-bedroom apartment. As they go through this experience together, they often push and support each other to become better vets.
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Life at Vet U also follows Morgan Taylor, a 25-year-old vet student from northeast New Jersey. She would like to become a racetrack veterinarian in southern California. As an equine student, Morgan is very aware of how competitive her field can be, and she works hard to absorb and retain all the information and training she can while attending Penn Vet.
Clint Kuban is a 28-year-old veterinary student from southwest Connecticut, and he is specializing in emergency and rehab care. Clint graduated from the University of Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and he has a minor in Criminal Justice. He also completed a Post-Bac, Pre-Med program at the University of Hartford prior to applying to Penn Vet. Clint lost his father to pancreatic cancer during his third year at Penn Vet, and he is determined to graduate. Life at Vet U shares that he has dedicated his final year to his father.
Rounding out the six students featured on the show, 28-year-old Rebecca Bernstein was born in Manhattan, but raised in South Florida. She completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois as a business major. Life at Vet U reveals that with only six months left before graduation, a job lined up, and her future looking secure, Rebecca abruptly altered her course in life when she decided that her true passion was to become a veterinarian instead.
As graduation day approaches for the Life at Vet U students, they are preparing for what could be the most important day of their careers. Match Day will determine if they have been placed in a coveted internship at the hospital of their dreams, or the day will reveal that they will have to scramble to find a place to begin their burgeoning careers.
Will you be watching this new series? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. Life at Vet U premieres on Saturday, October 1 at 10 p.m. ET on Animal Planet.
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