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A 2016 graduate of Thomas University, Danielle Lower is now pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Purdue University.

 

TU grad starts veterinary school at Purdue

Since she was a young child, Danielle Lower wanted to be a veterinarian. The 2016 graduate of Thomas University took the next step in pursuing that goal this fall as a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. According to Purdue’s website, only 84 students are admitted each year into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree program.

“I realized I wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age,” Lower said. “I grew up on a small farm and loved spending all of my time with the animals. As I got older and more focused on specific classes, I learned that I loved science-based classes. I began volunteering and working at animal clinics and met some amazing role models that I strive to be like.”

Lower graduated Summa Cum Laude from TU in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Then she headed to Purdue.

“A few schools were on my radar during the application process,” she said. “However, no other school compared to my interview day and information sessions at Purdue. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I really felt right at home.”

A 2012 graduate of Sebring High School, at TU Lower received the Outstanding Student Award for the Division of Science in 2016.

As a student at Thomas University, Lower was a member of the TU Softball Team for four years. In 2016 she was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete and received Academic All-Conference recognition.

“TU prepared me for veterinary school with many different science courses,” she said. “I also had an amazing support group through the softball team, Goalline Ministries and school advisers who cheered me on and prayed for me all the way through the application and interview process. Being on the softball team taught me about amazing team work along with the importance of balance and time management. It also gave me some of the best friendships and mentors that I will have in life.”

After graduating from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Lower plans to move to a small town near her family and work in a private practice with companion animals.

“I want to be a veterinarian because at a young age I fell in love with the bond between an owner and an animal,” Lower said. “I want to be someone who helps facilitate that relationship. Animal medicine is simply amazing to me.”

She’s also thankful for the encouragement of her parents, Gary and Tracy Lower.

“Without their great love and support I would not be in the position I am in,” she said.

 

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