Katherine Wheeler Student Profile

Katherine Wheeler


  • Bachelor of Arts, Independent Major: Communities in Development, Colorado College, 2006
  • Certificate Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies, Tufts University, 2013

Student Groups:

  • Tufts Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Choosing the Cummings School:

I was initially drawn to Tufts for the school’s reputation as having a supportive and welcoming community. Working and living in Boston during the years before I applied, I regularly worked alongside Tufts Vet alumni who invariably spoke about the school’s accessible professors and supportive student body. In addition, coming from a nontraditional academic and professional background in international development, I was pleased that Tufts was not only enthusiastic about my previous experience but, in fact, encouraging of it through the school’s unique opportunities in international veterinary medicine.

Before Entering Veterinary School:

Prior to my decision to go to veterinary school, I worked in international development for 5 years in places such as the Galapagos Islands, Chile, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam, the Republic of Georgia, and Jordan.

Career Path:

I am still keeping an open mind about what it is I will do with my DVM degree. While I do believe that I want to practice as a clinician, I have not yet decided on a particular specialty or species. In addition, I am excited to continue to explore the overlap between veterinary medicine and my previous career in international development.

The Year Ahead:

I am looking forward to working hands-on with the animals in clinical skills and applying my growing practical knowledge to problem-based learning cases.

Favorite Vet School Experience So Far:

My favorite vet school experience so far occurred immediately after my class survived our first, 5-hour anatomy exam. We emerged from the exam and were surprised with a congratulatory party complete with gifts from the class ahead of us. It is exactly this type of support from peers that drew me to Tufts and it is encouraging to be reminded of it in a moment when it would have been so easy to be overwhelmed by the academic rigor.

Favorite Thing About Campus:

From club meetings, to pathology rounds, to impromptu bocce ball games, there is always something to do on campus. Even when I am too busy to participate, it is always nice to know that the study break is there should I need it.