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A Veterinary Adventure Down Under

Michelle Tabisz ’16 graduated in May 2016 with her doctor of veterinary medicine and will begin her career in Australia as a Mixed Animal Associate Veterinarian at Cooper Street Veterinary Clinic. “Throughout veterinary school doctors kept telling us that our degree can open many doors. So I decided to look at overseas opportunities and see what additional doors I can open,” said Tabisz.

Practicing medicine in a new country will be an exciting adventure, and Tabisz is up for the challenge. “I think a big challenge will be learning about different drugs that they use, and it will be challenging to learn what is legal and illegal to use in food animals. Another big challenge will be learning to drive on the other side of the road.” She is also looking forward to expanding her veterinary skills and learning from the doctors at Cooper Street Veterinary Clinic. “I'm most looking forward to experiencing veterinary medicine in a different part of the world. There are so many differences in every country, and I think it will be interesting to learn how and why they do certain things,” she said.

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine gives students the skills they need to succeed in every facet of veterinary medicine and in any career path they choose.  Tabisz is prepared to put her degree into action. “Ohio State gave me a solid foundation of veterinary medicine through all the core classes and the many electives that I took during my first three years. And Ohio State has constantly pushed and challenged me to think through problems, to analyze cases, and to "be the doctor" during clinics,” she said.

As Tabisz goes from a student to an alumna, she reflects back on her time at Ohio State: “My time at Ohio state flew by way too fast. I couldn't imagine going to a different vet school, and I know that my experience has prepared me well for my future career as a mixed animal practitioner. I plan on making buckeyes in Australia and sharing the delicious candy with everyone. And despite the large time zone change I still plan on cheering for the buckeyes as I will watch the football team play on tv.”