I am both honored and excited to serve as the next TUVAA President. 2018 marks our alma mater's 40th anniversary and if you have not yet seen the impressive renovations of the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals and the new Equine Sports Medicine Complex then it’s time for a road trip! Though much has changed, some things have also stayed the same--first year students are still sweating over their impending anatomy final with Dr. Kumar, second years are wading through their clinical pathology, third years cannot wait to get their white coats, and fourth years have just taken boards and will soon be awaiting the fate of match day or looking for their first job as a new DVM.
Though I know many of you, there are many I look forward to meeting at future events. To get the conversation started, I’ll tell you a bit about myself. Following graduation from Cummings School and a small animal rotating internship at New England Animal Medical Center, I pursued my lifelong interest in international work and traveled to Panama, the Caribbean and Mauritius assisting with canine and feline population management. During those journeys, I reached the conclusion that we make an impact where we are-- that it is the consistency and long-term dedication to an effort which makes it a success.
While I have returned to the Boston metro area where I work as a General Practitioner, my interest in community service, both locally and abroad, is only increasing with time. As the new leader of our TUVAA, my goal is to highlight the good work you are doing in your communities, to draw attention to the needs our colleagues and future colleagues may have, and to build upon the efforts and ideas of others....all in an effort to become a stronger community together. Therefore, I want to hear from you if you have something to share, a perspective to give, an idea or vision to contemplate. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time is flying and changes continue for TUVAA as well. The Alumni committee has evolved into a new structure consisting of three teams: 1) Mentorship, 2) Community Service and 3) Career Development. At each TUVAA meeting (which you are encouraged to attend!) the team leaders discuss their current activities, future goals, and discuss challenges in reaching those goals.
The Mentorship Team is investigating ways in which to match students with members of our alumni community. Do you have an interest in giving a half hour or two to that struggling third year student trying to find their path? Email email@example.com.
The Community Service team has been working to make community service opportunities more accessible in the hopes of getting you, our talented alumni, to get involved however you can. Do you know of any great community service activities that are not on this list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Career Development team has been active in reviewing resumes and internship/resident applications for our students and has also been providing "career chats" throughout the semesters. Career Chats are casual platforms in which students can explore diverse fields of our profession by chatting with an assortment of veterinarians. These events are fun, and fresh faces at these events are always welcome! If you want to volunteer for a career chat, email email@example.com.
TUVAA is a collaborative effort and we need YOU, our valued fellow alumni, and we hope you’ll find a way to participate no matter where you are in the world or where you are in your career.
Whether you graduated one year ago or 35 years ago, and whether you’re facing financial debt or you own 10 hospitals, we value what each of you contributes to our alumni community, and we look forward to hearing from you and seeing your faces in the coming year!