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Hannah Finney

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

Career: Finney is pursuing a DVM at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the class of 2021. She was a recipient of one of seven West Virginia contract seats that are available at MSU. Her plan is to practice mixed animal ambulatory medicine in an underserved rural area.

Internships/Undergraduate Research: During undergrad, Finney spent significant time shadowing at veterinary practices throughout West Virginia and Ohio. This shadowing experience along with the hands-on animal science, veterinary medicine, and equine courses, helped her gain valuable experience that made her competitive when applying for veterinary school. In the summer of 2016, she participated in a VIDA Volunteer trip to Guatemala, where she helped bring preventative and life-saving veterinary care to villages that otherwise had no access to those services. She was also a working student at the J.W. Ruby Research Farm Horse Unit where she was involved in the daily care of the horses, assisted with veterinary treatments, and was part of a team that foaled a Quarter Horse filly.

WVU Student Organizations: Throughout undergrad, Finney participated in Pre-Vet Club, Block & Bridle, PAWS, and served as the President of the WVU Collegiate Horsemen’s Association her senior year. This position greatly strengthened her leadership, time management, communication, and networking skills.

About Attending WVU: “WVU provided me with countless opportunities that other schools in West Virginia do not provide, especially the veterinary school prep courses like anatomy, pathology, and parasitology. The combination of lecture and hands-on courses is helping me excel in veterinary school right now! If I could give myself advice when I was a freshman, it would be to get as much veterinary experience as possible (and document it), make lots of connections, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You won’t regret it!”