Seth Williams is a third year veterinary student at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine with the goal of becoming a small animal practitioner. His path to a career in veterinary medicine was somewhat unorthodox. He began his undergraduate career as both a music and biology major with the hopes of going to medical school. But after several twists and turns in honing his passions and interests, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami where he studied music business and entertainment industries, marketing, and business administration.
After a successful four-year career in event production, Seth realized his long-term professional goals could all be fulfilled in a single career: veterinary medicine. For him, veterinary medicine provides the framework to simultaneously practice medicine, work with the animals he loves, build personal relationships, and make a lasting impact on the community. He especially hopes to uphold and strengthen the human-animal bond.
Before moving to Columbia, Missouri, Seth married the love of his life, Becca, in August 2014. Becca is a social worker with the Columbia Public Schools and at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center, and also provides therapy and support for adolescent girls. They have two “kids:” Cane (golden retriever) and Chase (cockapoo).
During our talk, we discuss:
- Why he chose veterinary medicine instead of human medicine
- How he’s managing to balance marriage and vet school
- Why he thinks being non-traditional student gave him an advantage in his application to vet school
- How the organizational and time management skills from his previous professional experiences help him in vet school – so much so that he even thought he needed a hobby!
- How the MU curricula differs from most other vet school curricula and why he likes it
- Our shared hope for increased clinical relevance of the material taught in vet school pre-clinical courses
- Our thoughts on why fewer new vets seem interested in owning their own businesses, yet the incredible and diverse opportunities that exist in veterinary medicine for those with an entrepreneurial spirit
- Why he started his podcast Vet School Unleashed: Dissecting the DVM Degree
- His excellent advice as a non-traditional vet student to future vet students
You can get in touch with Seth by emailing him at email@example.com, and you can find him on Instagram at seththealmostvet
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