Abril Cassol, VG23

Abril (Abby) Cassol, VG23



B.S Clinical Laboratory Science, University of Texas at El Paso, 2012

Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?

Hi! My name is Abril, but I also go by Abby; I'm originally from México. I attended The University of Texas at El Paso and graduated in 2012. B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science. I'm a board-certified ASCP Medical Technologist working in Tufts Medicine as a Clinical Microbiologist. I’ve worked in both clinical and pharmaceutical settings in the past. I moved from Texas to Massachusetts over a year ago, and I've been actively seeking a graduate program with a concentration in infectious disease. My first exposure to the field was during a public health class at Vestfold University in Norway, followed by the hospital Infectious Disease & Antimicrobial team meetings. This increased my interest in the field hence my decision to join the program. I chose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine because, as a part of the institution, I genuinely believe in the quality of its education. The MS-IDGH holistic approach to the program and its concentration on animal disease also played a significant role in my decision.

We share our home with our four dogs (all shapes and sizes) and our cat; they make sure to keep us busy. I love hiking and exploring new places, as well as traveling. I'm also in the process of remembering how to roller skate, and I hope to join a local roller derby team someday.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

My goal for the future is to pursue higher education, hopefully, a DVM program.