Lyndsy Gieche – Animal Science/Pre-vet


Q: What is your name, major, and hometown?
A: Lyndsy Gieche; Pre-veterinary Medicine; Palmyra, WI

Q: What hands-on experiences have you had at Findlay?
A: Some hands-on activities I’ve been able to do at Findlay include the food animal and equine animal handling classes at the barns. We’ve been able to do castrations, shots, de-horning of cows and sheep, flipping sheep and a lot of other activities.

Q: Who has inspired you?
A: Dr. Whitaker has inspired me a lot. He changed the way I looked at college education. I expected to come in and see a lot of lecture-style classes, and although I do have some lectures, Dr. Whitaker makes it fun. He’s hands-on, and he makes things – like functions of the intestinal tract – interactive so that you remember it better at a collegiate level.

Q: What appeals to you most about being in the pre-vet program?
A: The best part about being a pre-vet student at Findlay is that there is a huge community of other pre-vet students. You can get a lot of experience by talking to other students and finding out where they’ve been. There are a lot of networking opportunities so that you can get more hands-on opportunities and better prepare yourself to apply to vet school.

Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: I love Dance is for Everyone, a club that I’m vice president of. We get to do ballroom dancing, and we have practices every week. We also have lessons and dances throughout the school year.

Q: What is your advice for students making a college decision?
A: Focus on where you can feel at home. If you don’t feel at home somewhere, you aren’t going to like it as much. I love Findlay; it’s such a friendly environment. I felt at home right away, even coming from Wisconsin. On top of that, make sure you get involved in as many activities as you can right off the bat.

Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I love the spirit on campus. I’m part of Residence Life, and I love getting together with other Res Life members. We get our residents together and wear orange and black and have a bunch of fun activities.

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.