Student Spotlight

Bobbi ShanksBobbi Shanks

Hometown: Columbus, Kansas

What year are you? 3rd year

What is your degree program and anticipated graduation date?  Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, May 2017

Leadership activities: President, Student Chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners

What’s the best learning experience you’ve had so far at KSU CVM? One of the best learning experiences has involved an annual necropsy wetlab that the Bovine club puts on. We are able to perform necropsies on several feedlot calves with the assistance of clinicians. It’s an experience that has allowed for practical application of what I had been taught in classes such as anatomy, physiology, and pathology. This wetlab allows also us to take samples for culture and sensitivity tests, which is a good review of pharmacology and food animal classes.

What would you tell your undergrad or first-year self if you could share one piece of advice?  If I could tell my first-year self one piece of advice, it would be to attend more meetings and speakers over topics that aren’t directly related to food animal medicine.  I’ve learned rather recently how medicine of other species or production systems can be applied to beef cattle.