1) Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey as a woman in STEM – when did it start? where are you now?
I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian before I understood or developed my interest in the sciences. Through STEM-based activities with CAGIS, Girl Guides, and my local public library programming, I developed an appreciation for how STEM concepts show up everywhere in our day-to-day life. When I reached high school, I started seeking out STEM based activities such as March Break and Summer camp programs to further my knowledge and interests outside of the school setting. My parents were very supportive of my interests and were active finding and facilitating uncommon youth activities for me to explore.
My undergraduate degree is in biochemistry from Western University. After my biochemistry degree, I attended the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. During my 8 years in university, I had the opportunity to work in various laboratory settings and participate in research projects that led me to have a much stronger understanding of the scientific process. Since graduating, I’ve been working at a veterinary clinic that treats dogs and cats. On a day-to-day basis, I examine animals, analyse bloodwork and x-ray results, and create treatment plans as well as perform surgery. All of my everyday tasks have a foundation in STEM, and I am using STEM concepts both subconsciously and consciously throughout my day.