Student Spotlight

Maxwell BealMaxwell Beal

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

What is your degree program and anticipated graduation date?  Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, May 2018

Leadership activities: Treasurer, Student Chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners; Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) Outreach Chair, Student Chapter of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (SCAASV) President

What’s the best learning experience you’ve had so far at KSU CVM? Outside of the normal curriculum, which I find to be very engaging and fascinating, I’d say that my hands on activities here at KSU have helped hone my practical skills. Among these are cattle handling, dystocia/obstetrics work, calving, necropsies and diagnostics, swine and bovine AI, and swine blood collection. All of this has come through my participation in clubs and different labs, which is perhaps the most valuable way to spend my extra time.

What would you tell your undergrad or first-year self if you could share one piece of advice?  Keep your options open. It’s easy to get tunnel vision on one thing here in veterinary school. I would caution you against being too narrow, get out there and learn as much as you can. I wish I would’ve done more of that in undergraduate. Taking opportunities to learn something new is the best way to figure out what you do and don’t want to do. Doing this in veterinary school has led me to my hopeful career of a food animal predominant mixed animal veterinarian, so I really think not having blinders on to other aspects of your career choices is key in finding what you really want in life.