Meet Gabriella Gil
Gabriella Gil was awarded a Dr. Dick Reierson Veterinary Dental Scholarship (Awarded to a second, third- or fourth-year veterinary student interested in veterinary dentistry with financial need and good scholastic standing. The applicant must also submit a short essay of 200 words or less that describes their interest in veterinary dentistry.)
She thought she would follow in her mother’s footsteps when it came to a career in medicine, but her path changed a bit when her family got a dog in high school.
What inspired you to pursue a career in veterinary medicine?
My mom is a nurse and sparked my interest in medicine at a very young age. I always thought I would be interested in human medicine until my family got a dog when I was in high school. I’ve been hooked ever since I realized I could merge both of my loves together into a career.
What have you learned the most about the profession so far?
Something I continue to learn about (and it always surprises me) is the array of different jobs a veterinarian can hold. From clinician practice, to research, to government jobs, the options truly are endless!
What are your career goals?
I aspire to a general practice small animal veterinarian with an interest in rescue medicine, dentistry, and ophthalmology.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is to always do what makes you happy and own it. It will never be the perfect time and someone might always have something negative to say about your decisions, so you might as well be happy and true to yourself.
What advice would you give to somebody who is considering going to college to pursue a career in veterinary medicine?
I would really encourage anyone interested in veterinary medicine to seek opportunities for hands-on experiences in lots of different areas prior to making the commitment.
What does winning an MVMF Scholarship mean to you?
Winning an MWMF Scholarship means that I am now able to pursue my passions while in veterinary school without having to worry about the financial burden that comes with it. I am so thankful!