Degree: B.S. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine science, December 2019
Career: Cavender currently works as a vet assistant to internist, Dr. Barry David, at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute where they diagnose and treat a variety of horses and hundreds of neonates. Cavender plans on pursing a degree in veterinary medicine specializing in sport horses. Her interests lie in podiatry and surgery.
Internships/Undergraduate Research: During undergrad, Cavender shadowed at a few small animal clinics to gain experience. She also shadowed a boarded equine surgeon at Brown Equine Hospital and interned with Performance Equine under Dr. Stanek, a standardbred racetrack vet. Cavender was also a working student at the JW Ruby Research Farm Horse Unit and served as a teaching assistant in the equine studies program. She tutored her peers in the Davis Michaels Scholar program. She also spent a semester doing genetics research in plants. Cavender graduated a semester early and was accepted into the Hagyard Veterinary Assistant Internship program.
WVU Student Organizations: Cavender was in the Pre-Vet Club for 2 years and was also a member of Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, acting as secretary for 2 of the 3 years of her membership. She also was heavily involved with WVU’s Hearts of Gold service dog program. She trained and fostered many dogs in the program. Her last foster dog was successfully placed with a veteran as a service dog before Cavender graduated.
About Attending WVU: “I chose WVU based off the fact that they had an equine studies program. What I did not know that I am so grateful for now, was that I was entering an equine program with exceptional hands on courses and learning experiences that have helped me excel not only in the horse/veterinary industry, but in all areas of my life, both professional and personal. WVU provided endless opportunities for extracurriculars that set me apart. Advice to incoming students: Be the hardest worker wherever you are at (people notice), but also know when to say no. I often struggled with saying no and would take on too much at once. If you prioritize and choose a few things to excel at, you will feel so much better mentally and physically and will also do better at what you are trying to do.”