About me

My Journey as a Pre-Vet

Hi, It’s so nice to meet you! My name is Gabriela Medina Vázquez; I'm a pre-vet from “La Isla del Encanto,” Puerto Rico. I obtained my BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in 2021 and became a veterinary assistant at the Spokane Humane Society.

Since I was a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I’ve always felt drawn to protect and heal animals. As I've grown and been exposed to different aspects of this field, I've realized it's more than just loving animals. It’s more of me being an advocate for them, having the passion for pursuing a career in medicine, making the tough choices, and being part of the solution.

For me, the veterinary medicine field is one for the brave. Veterinarians are expected to be leaders, mentors, advocates, and more. It's WAY more than just learning the anatomy and physiology of an animal. This is the reason why I chose this field.

As a non-traditional pre-vet student, I struggled to find mentorship and opportunities to grow in the veterinary medicine field. I realized I needed a support system to understand that my journey doesn’t have to look like others to succeed as a future veterinarian. That’s when I realized that I wasn’t alone, and other pre-vets struggled with the same circumstances as me. This made a significant impact on my life, and so I decided to create a community through social media where we could all support each other in this arduous journey.

Currently, I'm applying to veterinary school, creating content to share my experiences as a pre-vet student & working with A Latina’s White Coat to empower Latina women. I’m taking a gap year to work on mentoring pre-vets like me and looking for learning opportunities to keep growing in veterinary medicine and positively impacting my community.

Creator of ‘A Pre-Vet Journey.’

Follow my journey through my Instagram page: ➪@theshelterdogtor

Follow my Facebook page:
➪ A Pre-Vet Journey
➪@dvm.medinajourney

Book a Conference with Me!  —

I’m currently offering conferences for pre-veterinary clubs.

I can be a speaker for your pre-vet club! I can talk about my experiences as a pre-vet/vet assistant, how to navigate through VMCAS and tell you all about my favorite specialty in veterinary medicine: shelter medicine.

If you want a specific topic that is not listed on the website, don’t hesitate to reach out! I am always open to new ideas.

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A Pre-Vet Journey

A page of support for pre-vet students

This page is for pre-vet students in need of support, inspiration and mentorship.

I’ll be sharing with you my experiences and some veterinary medicine topics that are important to me. I will be talking to you through my experiences.

A Pre-Vet Journey

Online Animal Rescue Internship

My experience participating with loop abroad in an online internship.

I had the opportunity to participate in the online Animal Rescue Internship with Loop Abroad. It was a 6 week program focused on shelter medicine. Some of the topics envolved were: shelter management, basic knowledge in a clinical setting, common diseases, anatomy of cats and dogs, surgery (spay and neuter), post-op care, research, radiology, pharmacology and much more. I recommend this internship for pre-vet students that haven't had the chance to do clinical work. Starting off with this internship will prepare you to work at a clinic because it gives you the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of the procedures that are held on a day to day basis.

I have to say that this program exceeded my expectations. The Loop Abroad team made their best efforts for us to learn as much as we could with theory and visuals. The dynamic was very engaging. We had the chance to see cases, visit the Elephant Nature Park and a cat and dog facility. One of our instructors took the time to teach us about Thai culture and how it impacts the veterinary medicine field. We got to see the differences in some techniques that we use here in Puerto Rico or the USA and in Thailand. The instructors made sure to answer all of our questions and encouraged us to bring different topics to class. As a bonus, enrolling in this program gives you 80 veterinary hours which is great for when you apply to vet school.

Loop Abroad Page

Thailand Veterinary Program

My experience participating on loop abroad program.

One of my dreams came true! I had the opportunity to participate in the Thailand College Veterinary Program. Loop Abroad. It was a 2 week program focused on shelter medicine in companion animals & elephants. Some of the topics/activities were: volunteer work at Elephant Nature Park, elephant veterinary medicine, how to do a proper physical exam, clinical techniques, common diseases, anatomy of cats and dogs, surgery (spay and neuter), post-op care, research, radiology, pharmacology and much more. I recommend this internship for pre-vet students that haven't had the chance to do clinical work and also want to experience working for a non-profit organization. Starting off with this internship will prepare you to work at a clinic and rescue because it gives you the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of the procedures that are held on a day to day basis.

I have to say that this program exceeded my expectations. The Loop Abroad team made their best efforts for us to learn as much as we could to understand our patients and to gain a different world view. The dynamic was very engaging. We had the chance to see cases, visit the Elephant Nature Park and a teaching vet clinic were they offer free vet care. One of our instructors took the time to teach us about Thai culture and how it impacts the veterinary medicine field. We got to see the differences in some techniques that we use in Puerto Rico/US or and in Thailand. The instructors made sure to answer all of our questions and encouraged us to bring different topics to class. As a bonus, enrolling in this program gives you 80 veterinary hours which is great for when you apply to vet school.

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