Internship Spotlight: Reannan

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:18pm

Reannan B.

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Graduation Year: May 2018
Major: Currently Open Major (Considering Biology with a Pre-veterinary track)
Minor/Certificate: Writing Certificate
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Hobbies: Netflix, listening to music, working with animals

Internship: Medical Intern at Animal Rescue League of Iowa

What are your internship duties?

  • Help with medicating/treating sick animals
  • Assist with final exams for the animals
  • Shadow and assist medical techs with their usual duties
  • Collect and analyze urine and fecal samples

What are you most excited about for your internship?

  • I am most excited to get hands-on experience so that I can confirm that this is what I want to do after I graduate from the University of Iowa. Since veterinarian medicine is a pre-professional program, I will be only taking the prerequisites during my undergraduate years so this hands-on experience is absolutely crucial. Additionally, I am excited to help treat all different kinds of animals and hopefully even see them be adopted into loving homes.

What has been your biggest challenge thus far?

  • So far, the biggest challenge has just been adjusting into the fast pace work environment. I have often been pulled in multiple directions and needed in numerous places at the same time. However, this usually leads to a rather exciting, satisfying, and eventful day!

What has this experience taught you for your future career?

  • Interning at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa has taught me that being a veterinarian can be rather stressful at times, especially while being at a large shelter. I have learned that you have to have a genuine passion for taking care of animals if you want to enter this field. Your whole heart has to be in it because not every day is going to be a good day.

What advice would you give to other students seeking a summer internship?

  • My biggest piece of advice is for anyone to take full advantage of every internship opportunity that comes your way. It is also important to remember to not get discouraged if the first interview or application doesn’t go your way. I applied for other positions before I received my current position. It has made the internship experience that much more rewarding.

Edited by: Jamie Gurgul, Student Blogger