My name is Shyanna Thomason a 5th year senior graduating this fall 2021 with a bachelor of science degree in animal science on the pre-veterinarian and research Track. I transferred to Rutgers in the fall of 2019 after completing my associate’s degree in equine science on the pre-veterinarian track at Rowan College of South Jersey.
From the moment I stepped foot on the Rutgers campus I knew that I would be able to grow academically, professionally, and personally. I got involved as much as I could my first semester here. I joined the Society of Animal Science Club, the Veterinary Science Club, participated in research, and got involved with the SEBS Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) program.
For the past two years I have been a peer mentor for incoming first year and transfer students through the EOF office. Being involved with this program has allowed me to satisfy my passion for mentoring and also enabled me to get to know those in the EOF office.
The Society of Animal Science Club allowed me to attend the Northeastern Student Affiliate Competition twice where we judged livestock, competed in an animal knowledge bowl, and gave presentations relating to the agricultural field. I also hold a leadership role as vice president for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Veterinary Science club enabled me to create a support group with my peers and mentors within the program and allowed me to hold the position of secretary for the 2020-21 academic year. I represented Rutgers at the American Pre-Veterinary Symposium twice where I was able to network with peers and veterinarians and expand my knowledge of the field.
I was also a part of the first undergraduate branch of the This is How We Role Program at Purdue University where we provided activities and lessons to grades K-4th with the goal of generating interest and increasing diversity in the veterinary field.
I assisted with the research Cary Williams, extension specialist and associate professor, at the Equine Science Department for two semesters where we looked at pasture growth and rotation, and how diet can influence a horse’s glucose and insulin levels, and voluntary protein intake. This experience impacted which veterinary schools I chose to apply to and has encouraged me to further assist with research when I continue my education.
My goal, in attending veterinary school is to become a practicing mixed animal veterinarian who treats anything from a beef cow to a guinea pig. I also plan to mentor others interested in this profession and give back to my community and the organizations that had such a profound impact on my life, like 4-H.
The overall commitment of SEBS, EOF and the Animal Science Department has towards the students has made a huge impact on my career here. The hands-on experiences I had in the practicums, clubs, and research, and the connections I made with students and faculty members have made a lasting impression on me. While I am sad to be graduating from Rutgers, I know that the learning and experiences I have had here will not only make me a better person, but a better veterinarian.