Tara Mendez is Honors Alumna of the Year

Tara Mendez Class of 2013

At a Glance:

Major: Biology, Biomedical Sciences Concentration

Undergraduate Involvement:

  • President of Honors Council

  • Vice President of Pre-Health Club

  • Research Assistant for Zebra Finch Neurology in Dr. David Bailey’s Lab

  • Study Abroad Office Assistant

  • Semester abroad in Stirling, Scotland

  • SNC Theatre Program

  • WorldVets Program Volunteer in Nicaragua

Occupation: Fourth-Year Veterinary Medicine Student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Location: Madison, WI

Future Plans: After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Mendez will be moving back to her hometown of Menasha, WI to practice veterinary medicine.

Post-SNC Update from Tara:

“For the past four years, I have been a veterinary student at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. The first three years of the veterinary program are primarily classroom/laboratory-based, whereas the fourth year consists of clinical rotations with actual patient and client interaction. Throughout vet school, I did get involved in a few different activities outside of the classroom. During the summer of 2015, I worked as the Veterinary Medicine Internship Instructor for high school students involved in UW-Madison's PEOPLE Program, which is primarily a pre-college pipeline for first-generation college-bound students. I also was my class representative on the School of Veterinary Medicine's curriculum committee, and was the Recording Secretary of our school's branch of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to do a 3 week externship in New Jersey at Veterinary Business Advisors where I gained further insight into veterinary business and law.

I must say that this past year of veterinary school has gone by so fast! I have been on a mixture of clinical rotations in the small and large animal hospitals and also had seven weeks to do externships outside of the hospitals this past year. About every two weeks, I have spent time on a different service (i.e. internal medicine, oncology, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, radiology to name a few). I spend my days in the hospital talking to clients in order to understand what is going on with their pets, examining animals, and learning from clinicians on how to treat our patients and do some surgical procedures. It has been fascinating, and often times challenging, applying what I have learned in the classroom into helping animals and their owners. All of the long hours of studying have paid off! However, helping the animals and clients is just so rewarding and I am confident that I am in a field that I love working in.

I have recently accepted a position as an associate veterinarian at Appanasha Pet Clinic in Menasha, WI. This clinic is where I’ve always wanted to practice, and I am very excited to begin my veterinary career there this June. I will be focused on treating primarily cats and dogs, but am also open to treating some small exotic mammals. Immediately after graduation in May 2017, though, I plan on taking a break to have fun and explore more parts of Scotland with my parents and brother.”

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We are so proud and excited to announce that Tara Mendez has been named the 2017 Honors Program Alumna of the Year, and that she will be giving a virtual presentation at the Senior Honors Banquet. We wish her nothing but the best of luck as she finishes the final stretch of veterinary school and begins a career in veterinary medicine!

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