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Featured Student Friday: Jennifer Glass, Marine Sciences ’16

Each week, SFRC highlights a fantastic student or alumnus for #FeaturedStudentFriday. Today’s alum is Jennifer Glass. Jennifer graduated in 2016 with her bachelors in Marine Sciences. She is now in her third year of veterinary school at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She will graduate in May 2020!

“It’s never a dull moment when you are learning about what you love! I decided to major in Marine Sciences because I always had a love for the ocean and its creatures growing up. It was a no-brainer for me on the first day of preview when I saw that SFRC had just created this brand new program! Even now I brag to all my friends that I had the best major in undergraduate.

Some of my favorite memories of the Marine Science program were the days we had labs or went on field trips. From electro-fishing in Lake Alice to digging up sea cucumbers at Cedar Key, the hands-on experience was not only fun, but reinforced the material we learned in the classroom. Because Marine Science is an interdisciplinary major, I was easily able to combine my prerequisites for veterinary school with the required classes for my major. Additionally, since SFRC is a small program, I was able to make lifelong connections with my peers, advisors, and teachers.

Even though I am currently in veterinary school, where dogs, cats, cows, and horses take up the majority of my time, I still make room for aquatics! Through Auburn’s student chapter of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA), I have been able to partake in aquatic mammal necropsies, anesthetize and draw blood from fish, maintain the two fish tanks in our teaching hospital, and go on various aquarium/fishery tours. I also took two elective courses at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City, FL—Small Animal Oceanarium and Cetacean Medicine & Surgery. I even got to ultrasound a pregnant stingray!

After graduating with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, I hope to work at a small animal practice back in Florida. I will also be a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist at this time, since I completed my coursework at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Reddick, FL this past fall. I will always hold my Marine Science studies close to my heart and hope to volunteer time with a marine animal rescue organization wherever I find a job.” – Jennifer Glass