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Maria Schwartz

Degree: B.S. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine science, May 2017

Career: Schwartz is pursuing a DVM at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the class of 2021. Her goals include practicing small animal medicine, while also treating marine life and other exotic species. She also hopes to focus on the development of prosthetics for animals with the use of 3D printing.

Internships/Undergraduate Research: During undergrad, Schwartz pursued opportunities to work, perform research, and provide service related to animals. She was a working student at the JW Ruby Research Farm Horse Unit and an assistant manager of a local dog kennel and grooming facility. She shadowed large and small animal veterinarians, participated in dairy cattle undergraduate research projects, and was part of a foal watch team. Schwartz also served as a teaching assistant in the Equine Studies department and a tutor with the Davis Michael Scholar program. She also had the unique experience of traveling to Chiang Mai, Thailand to gain valuable hands-on veterinary experience while working with a variety of household and farm animals, as well as exotic species, such as elephants and monkeys.

WVU Student Organizations: Schwartz was a member of the Pre-Vet Club, Collegiate Horseman’s Association, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Schwartz joined Alpha Phi Omega Co-ed Service Fraternity and became highly involved in countless service projects, as well as helping to lead her pledge class as Vice President.

About Attending WVU: “WVU exposed me to exceptional professors and provided countless opportunities that I would have never had if I had gone to a smaller state school. The Animal & Nutritional Science and Equine Studies faculty and courses have prepared me to excel in veterinary school. Advice for incoming students: it is okay to not know what you want to do with your future when you get to WVU. I changed my major several times before I found my calling. Get involved, set goals for yourself, and do not be afraid to reach out to your mentors and peers for support. The friendships and connections you make at this school will last you a lifetime!”