Fish have really caught on with Stephen Reichley, DVM Class
of 2013. Reichley has developed a special interest in aquatic veterinary
medicine which deals with health-related issues affecting fish. Fourth-year
veterinary students at Ohio State have the chance to explore individualized “Career
Areas of Emphasis” during 14 to 16 weeks of their clinical rotations. While
still tied to his long-time interest in small animal care, Reichley’s
nontraditional study focus has taken him around the world to gain clinical
experience. He published an article
about his work in the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association Aquatic Vet News, 2012 third quarter
Reichley’s article recounts his varied experiences in
internships and externships. The first half of his clinical year was spent in
externships related to fish health in Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and
Idaho, with future work planned in Florida and Maryland.
Earlier internships were similarly focused. As an intern for
the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Aquaculture Department, he visited fish
farmers around the state. At the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture
Center in Mississippi, he worked in the Aquatic Diagnostic Lab. At the
Department of Fish and Game in Idaho, he traveled more than 9,000 miles with a
fish pathologist for disease surveillance and diagnostic work linked to salmon
spawning and trout hatcheries.
In a program unique to Ohio State, all veterinary students
choose their fourth-year “Career Areas of Emphasis” rotations from five major
areas: small animal, equine, food animal, mixed animal, or individualized. An
individualized topic might be as highly specific as Reichley’s, or it could include
a broader interest area such as biomedical research, pathology, regulatory
medicine, or public health. Such focused experiences give students hands-on
experience to help drive their career choices.
fascinated with the wide variety of options he already has encountered in
aquatic veterinary medicine, as he prepares to make that the focus of his
career after graduation in May 2013.
This article was reproduced with the permission of the World
Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. For more information about aquatic
veterinary medicine, go to wavma.org.