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Laura Fidler

Laura with horse Dickie and WVU Equine Education Center

Degree: B.S. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine science, May 2018

Career: Laura graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2022. Fidler is currently an intern at Pioneer Equine Hospital where she is advancing her skills in internal medicine, surgery and lameness. 

Internships/Undergraduate research: During undergrad, Laura was a working student at the JW Ruby Research Farm Horse Unit. She cites the farm for her ability to work as a team, practice her instructional skills, and communicate with people from a variety of skillsets and backgrounds. She was also able to monitor and assist with the birth of two foals. While in school, Laura also shadowed small and large animal veterinarians to broaden her veterinary knowledge. Her summer internship at a rural mixed animal practice, solidified how much she loved ambulatory medicine and ultimately which path she wanted to pursue in veterinary school.

WVU Student Organizations: Laura was a member of the WVU Pre-Veterinary Club which allowed her to gain extensive insight to the diverse life of a veterinary professional. She volunteered at local shelters, educated the public about animals, and attended symposiums. In addition to the pre-vet club, she was a Davis-Michael Scholar and tutored her peers. Tutoring gave her perspective on teaching, different learning styles, and how to assist her peers.

About Attending WVU: “WVU gave me multiple opportunities that I would have never received elsewhere. The professors that I learned from and mentored under while at WVU not only expanded my knowledge but also helped me to grow as a person and a professional. One of my most memorable experiences would be working at the JW Ruby Research Farm Horse Unit. On the farm my responsibilities ranged from equine husbandry and management to assisting in veterinary procedures. I enjoyed being able to learn how to manage a large-scale operation on different levels, from equine management, to biosecurity, and client interaction. All these opportunities combined taught me the value of hard work and the resiliency required for veterinary school. Working at the farm and my course of studies prepared me well for veterinary school. Coming into veterinary school I was able to learn the material quickly and assist my classmates who had not been exposed to some of the advanced courses I had in undergrad. The equine experience I gained at WVU turned my childhood passion of working with horses into a reality. This program shaped me into the person I am today, and I will be forever grateful to call myself a Mountaineer.”