Sarah Tegtmeier – Animal Science/Pre-vet

Q: What is your name, major, and hometown?
A: Sarah Tegtmeier; pre-veterinary medicine, biology; West Salem, Ohio

Q: What hands-on experiences have you had at Findlay?
A: We have many opportunities to do things hands-on. For instance, in the pre-vet program, we have animal handling classes to get experience with the animals you’ll be working with in the future. We have an equine handling class and a food animal handling class.

Q: Who has inspired you?
A: Dr. Peck is the most influential professor I’ve met at Findlay. I had her first as a freshman, and she was very welcoming and answered everyone’s questions. She’s inspirational, and I could see myself being like her in 20-30 years.

Q: What appeals to you most about being in the animal science/prevet program?
A: What I love about being in my major is having fun, doing what I love and being around people who share the same passion that I do.

Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: There are many clubs you can get involved with at Findlay. One of my favorites is Habitat for Humanity. We get to do fun things like go on fields trips to the Habitat ReStore and help out there. We do events like upcycling, where we take old objects and turn them into something new and exciting.

Q: What is your advice for students making a college decision?
A: For a senior in high school, the most important college decision you can make is to find one you feel comfortable with. You’re going to pay money to wherever you go, so you need to find a place where you feel comfortable and where you can make the most of your education. If you’re not making the most of your education, then why are you there? You need to find a place that welcomes you and where you can see yourself staying for four years.

Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I love the close-knit community we’re involved with. When you go into the classroom, you see many students you know. Your professor knows you – you’re not just a number, not just a name. You’re a person. Everyone interacts with you and know you for who you are.

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.