An animal lover, Amanda Michelson enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl growing up in a suburb of New York City. Michelson is an animal science major with a pre-vet area of interest in the Department of Animal Science and serves as a CAHNR Ambassador while working as an administrative assistant in the College. While she’s leaving her options open, she is leaning toward a veterinary career with large or exotic animals. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student:
What attracted you to UConn? I was initially attracted to UConn because of its animal science program and facilities. At the time, I was looking for a school that had a strong undergraduate animal science program that could prepare me for veterinary school, as well as a school that had a polo program since I had started playing polo in high school. When I came to open house and saw the close-knit community of faculty and students within the department and the College overall, I knew it would be a good fit for me.
Why did you choose your particular major? I chose animal science because I knew it would give me a strong foundation for vet school since that’s my ultimate goal. I also really wanted the hands-on practical experience that I knew I wouldn’t get through my major if I had chosen a broader scientific field such as biology or chemistry.
Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs, was the most memorable? Why? I just completed an internship this past semester at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was a really great opportunity. When I was growing up, I always imagined what it would be like working in a zoo, but never thought I would have the opportunity to experience it. The experience with exotic animals made me a better candidate for graduate school and allowed me to explore my interests further. It was also just a lot of fun in general. I worked with really great zookeepers and learned a lot about exotic animal husbandry and welfare. I loved it so much that I continued going during winter break after my semester ended. (more…)