V IS FOR VETERINARY MEDICINE
We’re introducing our “V is for” campaign, an interview series shining a light on trailblazing medical professionals in our community. The campaign explores topics in healthcare that conveniently begin with our namesake letter V.
V IS FOR | FEBRURARY 19, 2021
Kristi Crow, DVM
Dr. Kristi Crow began her veterinary journey in undergrad at Purdue University and continued her doctoral training here. This July marks her 1st full year of being a dog-tor.
"Name a profession that allows you to be on the forefront of food safety, public health, conservation, and general health & wellness for BOTH animals and humans."
how did you decide on veterinary medicine?
Growing up I always had an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. At first I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician. As time went on I finally realized that I wanted to combine my interest in medicine with my passion for animals, which ultimately led me to pursuing veterinary medicine.
did you have a mentor or role model growing up?
My mom has always been my mentor and role model. She's not in the medical field but she's been my constant source of encouragement, support and motivation. She is the person who has always supported my dreams since day 1. If there was ever a sport or activity I wanted to try, she found a way to make it happen. I think her endless support and willingness to let me go after anything and everything is the sole reason why I am who I am today.
describe a normal work day.
A normal work day usually starts with me arriving to work 15-20 minutes before my appointments start to review lab work (blood, urinalysis, cultures, histopathology, etc.) and check my voicemails. I start my callbacks around 8 AM and finish them between appointments. Since the pandemic, we have been doing curbside appointments. The process looks like this: 1) the clients come to our clinic 2) we take a thorough history over the phone 3) a technician goes outside to grab the patient 4) I do my physical exam and any treatments or diagnostics that need to be done inside. I call the client with my findings and any next steps, then get them back outside to their parents! Since we've switched to curbside appointments, I typically see 20+ cases a day. The diversity of appointments I see each day is incredible and a huge reason why I love being a general practice veterinarian. My appointments start at 8 AM and end by 7 PM.
why are veterinarians badasses?
Name a profession that allows you to be on the forefront of food safety, public health, conservation, and general health & wellness for BOTH animals and humans. Veterinarians do all of that and so much more. I think one of the most badass things about being a veterinarian is that not only can we work with all species, we are also trained in each speciality (cardiology, oncology, ophthalmology -- to name a few) and treat our patients without being able to verbally communicate with them.
what's your vision for your professional career?
In 5 years from now, I envision myself having one or multiple general practice/urgent care clinics of my own. I want to establish a veterinary clinic that not only creates trust and positivity for my patients/clients but also my staff. I want to be a mentor to the future generations of veterinarians and veterinary technicians both within and outside of my clinics. I also want to continue my work abroad hosting vaccine clinics and getting involved in public health/wildlife conservation projects.
what's something you would tell a younger self?
I was so focused on doing every step right to get into vet school that there were so many times that I let something awesome or meaningful pass me by. I was so consumed by making sure I over prepared so I wouldn’t get too many questions wrong on an exam or could make my project or presentation perfect. The truth is, if I would’ve stopped to enjoy more things in the moment, I could’ve still achieved my goals while also living my life a bit more.
I stressed myself out to a point that I can’t even describe, but I’m sure many others in professional school can relate to. We are already so hyper-focused on our goals that we often miss out on life events and fun things as it is. When I think back to my younger days, I can’t help but wonder if I would’ve enjoyed my experiences and made more memories if I would’ve chosen to enjoy the moment more than strive for perfection.
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