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Meet Madison Baumgartner

Madison Baumgartner Madison Baumgartner was a 2022 recipient of the MVMA VBMA Student Scholarship (Awarded to a 2nd or 3rd year VBMA student. Preference given to a student who has been active in the VBMA, with strong academic credentials, and is committed to acquiring strong business skills with a goal to pursue a successful career in veterinary practice. Awarded by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.)

Madison talked with us about how growing up on a farm fostered her love of animals, her work with the VBMA and what she aspires to do with her career.

What inspired you to pursue a career in veterinary medicine?

Growing up on a farm, I have always been surrounded by animals: cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, pigs, dogs, and cats. I always found myself wanting to help my parents provide care to these animals. I knew since a young age that veterinary medicine was what I desired and I never looked back! Being able to shadow in high school just deepened my love for veterinary medicine.

What have you learned the most about the profession so far?

Since starting veterinary school, I have learned about the vast range of career opportunities within veterinary medicine. I always thought general practice was really the only path one could take. I love that veterinarians can be found working as consultants, specialize, research, governments, and much more. The options truly are endless.

What are your career goals?

My career goals at the moment are to pursue the general practitioner route following graduation. Once I feel ready, I would love to open a practice of my own. Business ownership has always interested me and having the ability to witness my father open a successful construction company has cultivated a desire to follow in his footsteps with my own career path. To assist in the journey of practice ownership, I am currently the 2022 National President of Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA). In high school, I was president of Future Business Leaders of America and class president. Owning a practice is not just for the extra paycheck as that is not guaranteed. Instead, it will provide me the opportunity to care for animals on my schedule and build strong, personal client relationships.

After the completion of these goals, I will never stop wanting to learn more and ensure that I continue to provide the best possible veterinary care to the animals I see each day. Veterinary Medicine is not just a doctorate degree, it is a lifetime of learning and my lifetime goal is to never forget that.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Don't be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.

What advice would you give to somebody who is considering going to college to pursue a career in veterinary medicine?

Don't forget to enjoy the journey! The four years of undergrad and four years of graduate school go by way faster than you can even imagine. In twenty years you won't look back and regret studying. You will regret not taking advantage of developing friendships, exploring the city, and giving yourself some self-care.

What does winning an MVMF Scholarship mean to you?

Winning the MVMF VBMA Scholarship means more to me than I could even place into words. Debt is a dark cloud hanging over my head and this scholarship assists me in my goal of graduating under the national average debt load. The financial freedom of being debt-free can completely transform my life and my overall mental wellness. I am so grateful that MVMF saw my love for VBMA and this scholarship allows me the ability to focus on my 2022 National VBMA President duties and worry less about finances.

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