Samantha Campolongo '09
When Samantha Campolongo '09 graduated from Wilson College with a degree in veterinary medical technology (VMT), she dreamt of one day becoming a veterinarian and opening her own practice. She is one step closer to making her dream a reality after being accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies.
"I know that right after I graduate I'll have to work for other people for a while, but I really want my own clinic someday," said Samantha, who wants to her practice to focus on small and exotic animals.
At Ross University, Samantha will have an opportunity to handle the exotic animals – one of the things she finds appealing about that particular institution. She will have access to amphibians, reptiles and zoo animals, including turtles, birds, monkeys and even a jaguar.
Samantha, who lives in Lavallette, N.J., has loved animals since she was a child. “As I grew older, (I had) a real distinct interest in their anatomy,” she said. “I want to be able to notice what’s wrong with them and fix it.”
Since graduating, she has worked at several veterinary clinics and is currently employed at Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in Fairfield, N.J. She will start vet school in January and will continue through April 2014. She must then complete one more year of clinical work at a college in the United States before earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree.
According to Samantha, Wilson’s VMT program has given her a big advantage in the veterinary field by preparing her better for a career than many of her peers.
"The (Wilson) VMT program has basic versions of vet school courses," Samantha said. "Anatomy, pharmacology, lab animal science - I get calls from my friends already in vet school asking me for help because they were never required to take these courses."
In addition to the strong academics at Wilson, Samantha loved the small, intimate atmosphere here – especially the ability to interact with professors. “You don't get the same experience at a big university,” she said.