Student Spotlight

Savannah Isley

Hometown: Bird City, KansasSavannah Isely

What year are you? 3rd year

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

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

What’s the best learning experience you’ve had so far at KSU CVM? I love the experiences where students such as myself get to incorporate the class work with hands-on application of concepts. Specifically the large animal experiences have been the best ones for me, such as the equine castration in our junior surgery laboratory, and the wetlabs that the Bovine Club hosts like the bovine necropsy wetlab and the bovine OB/dystocia wetlab.

What would you tell your undergrad or first-year self if you could share one piece of advice?  The best advice I could give would be to take all the hands-on and practical experience possible, especially in the summers between school years. That experience will make what you learn in classes more relevant and applicable, and therefore you will get more out of the time spent in the classroom. I spent my entire summer between second and third year working at a ranch with on-site veterinarians, and it helped me know that I was headed in the correct direction with my career and renewed my enthusiasm for this profession.