Dr. MichelePfannenstiel is the CEO of Dirigo Food Safety and Scarlet Spirit Enterprises. Her businesses are focused on helping others build profitable sustainable businesses.
Dr. P earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1996 from Wellesley College. She majored in economics and geology and worked in information technology. After graduation, she worked for an oil company and then was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan. When she came home from her stint abroad, she decided to take her passion for problem solving to veterinary medicine. Dr. Pfannenstiel earned her DVM degree in 2006, from the University of Georgia. She was selected for the Health Professions Scholarship Program her sophomore year. As a veterinary student, she studied lab animal medicine and intended to pursue a career in primate medicine.
Upon receiving her DVM, Dr. P commissioned into the US Army Veterinary Corps, where she learned the food safety skills she now brings to producers and processors across the country. She served at Ft. Monmouth in NJ and at the US Military Academy at West Point.
After fulfilling her active duty commitment, Dr. P settled with her family in Southern Maine, where they raise chickens and the occasional ruminant, experiment in the kitchen, and explore the woods around their home.
During our talk, we discuss:
- How she ended up becoming a veterinarian despite not wanting to be a vet when she was a kid
- Why she thinks a liberal arts education can be beneficial in this field
- How she tested herself before deciding to apply to veterinary school
- How she established residency in the state of Georgia to qualify for in-state tuition
- What she thinks made her successful in getting the Army’s Health Professions Scholarship in vet school the second time she applied, and the key to being a strong applicant no matter what you’re applying for
- The importance of self-discovery in vet school and beyond, and paying attention to how you feel in different situations in order to be the person the universe is calling you to be
- How frightening it can be to see and pursue bigger opportunities, and why we should do it anyway
- Her top two pieces of advice if you want to become a veterinarian
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