Mirando Gallo Student Profile

Mirando Gallo

Education:

  • B.S. in Neuroscience and Russian Studies, Bates College, 2009

Student Groups at Tufts:

  • Tufts Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Veterinary Education Review Committee
  • Student Chapter of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, Co-Secretary
  • Wildlife, Aquatic, Zoo Animal, and Exotic Medicine Organization
  • Pathology Club
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners

Choosing the Cummings School:

I didn’t graduate from college knowing I wanted to be a veterinarian, so I was thrilled when the admissions office, rather than being concerned with my late start, was excited about my unique path to veterinary school. Among other things, it’s that dedication to the individual student with his/her specific set of interests, experiences, strengths, and even weaknesses, which made Tufts the obvious choice for me. I was particularly drawn to the distinctive Laboratory Animal Medicine master’s dual degree program.

Before Entering Veterinary School:

After graduating from Bates, I worked in a behavioral neurobiology lab in Boston. It was in this setting, working with a clinical lab animal vet that I learned first hand about the integral role a veterinarian can play in medical research advancement. Having always thought I would be a scientist, I was excited, yet surprised, to discover that my experience and skills best lent themselves to a career in laboratory animal medicine.

Career Path:

I hope to contribute to the continual improvement of research practices and, ultimately, outcomes, with my DVM training. I think it is possible to improve the quality of study design, execution, and results interpretation using knowledge of animal physiology and behavior. As a veterinarian, I hope to use my expertise to help advance positive research outcomes in both human and animal health.

The Year Ahead:

I cannot wait for my second-year Ambulatory rotation, where I hope to get a better sense of the local farming and agriculture landscape. I am, of course, eagerly awaiting more of the hands-on experience that is sure to come with accompanying the large animal practitioners. Driving in a truck from farm to farm on an autumn day in New England: what’s not to be excited about?

Favorite Vet School Experience So Far:

I have gotten most of my clinical experience here in vet school, so basically every practical experience we’ve had has been a highlight for me. A specific event that stands out for me was my successful venipuncture in a 500-pound sow. It was one of those precious moments where all the anatomy studying paid off by helping me to feel confident in trying a new skill.

Favorite Thing About Campus:

I think having a separate veterinary campus has allowed for a robust development of community. That the small and large animal hospitals, research buildings, farm, and classrooms are in such close proximity encourages interaction between the different veterinary disciplines. This fosters a truly intellectually challenging environment. I love that you can bump into your Clinical Skills instructor at a lunchtime talk, or a wildlife clinician at pathology rounds, or your classmates out walking the teaching beagles. On a campus like ours it’s possible to settle into your own niche while also trying new things.