Dr. Linda Peck – Animal Science/Pre-vet

Q: What is your name, the courses you teach and hometown?
A: Linda Peck; biology, pre-veterinary medicine; Fort Recovery, Ohio

Q: What kind of hands-on learning is happening in your classes?
A: A lot of our students, if they are freshmen, are actually doing the animal handling classes at the University farms where they may be working with horses or food animals. They see what type of procedures a veterinarian may be doing.

My seniors are actually out in the field with area veterinarians, and they are observing with those veterinarians and doing any number of things.

Q: Among your students, in whom have you seen a professional change?
A: We actually see a lot of change in our juniors and seniors. When they are starting to think about applying to professional school, it gets more real to them. You can see them start to mature in their thinking processes, weighing all the factors. It’s about the junior year on that our students really grow up considerably.

Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?
A: I’m a veterinarian by degree, and it’s a very important profession for me. The best part is watching students who also have the same type of interest and love for the profession, helping them further their aims in becoming a veterinarian. At last count, we have over 500 veterinarians across the United States that have joined our ranks from UF.

Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: I really like to go to a lot of the events that students are doing. It’s so great to see them outside the classroom to see what interests they have and see them excel in various pursuits, whether it’s in athletics, music, or whatever the case may be. It’s really nice to see them in different lights.

Q: What is your advice for a student making a college decision?
A: We have a really good program here, but if they walk on campus and they don’t feel at home – it’s not the right fit – then even if we are the greatest program in the world, they won’t stay here. If they feel like it’s a great program, and they feel that this is the place for them, and they are instantly tied to campus, that’s the right school.

Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I’ve got a lot of history with the University, and it’s great being an Oiler. We can take students and help them become what they want to be. That’s absolutely the best thing about being an Oiler.

Graduates of UF’s Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program have a vet school acceptance rate of more than two times the national average.
Students work hands-on with a variety of food animals and equine at our state-of-the-art facility starting in their first year.
More than 50% of our graduates do an internship. Our students intern in veterinary offices, laboratories, zoological parks or agricultural facilities.
Students care for nearly 400 food animals at our Animal Science Center. This includes medical care, feeding, cleaning and even births.
The Dr. C. Richard Beckett Animal Science Building features a functioning barn, heated surgery room, nurseries, farrowing rooms, maternity room and demonstration pens with bleachers. It also houses two classrooms, a working lab and a pharmacy.
Students learn from industry-experienced, full-time faculty. Many also are practicing veterinarians.
We offer a Graduate Record Examination prep program on campus for students every spring.
Our graduates work in animal nutrition, veterinary offices, research for government agencies, the USDA, environmental quality and breed management.