Kathryn Saltzman Student Profile

Kathryn Saltzman

Education:

  • B.S. in Pathobiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology Minor; University of Connecticut, 2011

Student Groups at Tufts:

  • Tufts Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • Pet Loss Support Hotline
  • Shelter Medicine Club
  • Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • Veterinary Business Management Association

Choosing the Cummings School:

During the process of applying to veterinary school, I visited numerous campuses all across the country. As soon as I set foot on the Tufts campus, I knew I was home. I was greeted with welcoming arms and warm smiles from the faculty, staff, and students. The faculty and staff went above and beyond to answer my questions not only during my campus visits but also in response to my phone calls and e-mails. Additionally, the campus is quiet and in a peaceful, rural setting which reminded me very much of the environment that I became familiar with while attending the University of Connecticut.

Before Entering Veterinary School:

I graduated in December of 2011. During the time off from school, I worked seven days per week. I continued to work at a predominantly small animal hospital on the Connecticut shoreline, where I have been a technician for eight years. In addition, I lived and worked at a horse farm and served as the assistant manager while the owner was out of state for field trials. These experiences helped to shape where I believe I would like to take my veterinary career.

Career Path:

Since a young age, I have been interested in working with small animals. During the course of my undergraduate career, I gained experience working with horses; but, it was my most recent period of living and working on a horse farm that piqued my interest, and made me consider broadening my scope and becoming an equine practitioner. I am also interested in small ruminants from my work at nearby farms and with those that have come into the hospital…so, my interests are fairly broad and I am keeping an open mind for the opportunities that present themselves while I am at Tufts!

The Year Ahead:

One of the reasons that I was so interested in the Tufts curriculum is the hands-on experience with animals that students get starting from day one. Our clinical skills course allows first year students to be in contact with numerous species of animals, and we are training dogs in our Human-Animal Relationships course! I am looking forward to being able to work more with the animals as the year goes on.

Favorite Vet School Experience So Far:

During our first clinical skills class of the semester, we were brought to the horse barn where students who had familiarity working with horses were asked to instruct the other students on methods of proper horse handling. I felt like I was really in my element, doing what I truly love, and I was excited to teach others and hoped that my enthusiasm would promote the same passion in them! By the next week, I was officially a teaching assistant (TA) for the equine portion of the clinical skills course. I am excited to share my experience with others as the year goes on.

Favorite Thing About Campus:

The campus at Tufts really sets it apart from other veterinary schools. It is separated from the main Tufts campus, which I believe is beneficial to veterinary students for many reasons. It allows for a more rural feel, away from the fray that often comes in a city and provides ideal access to and housing for livestock animals. Also, since it is not on the main Tufts campus, it is away from many of the “distractors” that come along with a larger campus (i.e. sporting events, etc.) which makes for an environment that is more conducive to studying and better managing the course load that comes with being a veterinary student.