CHADRON – Three Chadron State College students have recently been accepted to veterinary schools. They are Megan McLean of Brewster, Nebraska, Shelbey Nagle of Circle, Montana, and Wayne Robison of Chadron.
Dr. Lara Madison, assistant professor in Physical and Life Sciences, said she is proud of the students.
“They dedicated themselves to their studies and successfully gained admittance to veterinary school, even while being involved in their community on and off of campus. I wish them the best of luck," Madison said.
McLean, an Army ROTC cadet, received one of five national active duty education delay scholarships.
The health professions scholarship provides full tuition plus a monthly stipend and McLean could qualify for a sign-on bonus, as well. Graduates are required to serve in the U.S. Army for one year for each year they receive the scholarship.
McLean has been accepted to Iowa State University, Colorado State University and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, but has not made her final selection.
She said she enjoyed learning about topics such as microbiology, parasitology, and immunology and has recently considered pursuing research of pathogens that can be passed between humans and animals.
“I have enjoyed my time at Chadron State College very much. The small-town atmosphere allowed me to be involved in multiple clubs, gain veterinary experience working for a local veterinarian and dabble in a little research on antimicrobial resistant bacteria in household pets,” McLean said.
Nagle was accepted to Washington State University, though her first year will be completed at Montana State University Bozeman. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she would like to work in a mixed animal practice, with a focus on beef cattle reproduction.
“Growing up in a ranching family and small community in eastern Montana, I was taught the value of a work ethic and ability to continuously learn with new opportunities. Between farrowing hogs, lambing ewes, and calving cows, I was involved with many aspects of livestock production,” she said.
In 2013, she became a certified artificial insemination technician and has traveled with her brother, an independent contractor, to synchronize and breed cattle since.
Her interest in cattle reproduction led her to an internship in Australia that included Beef Week, a large stock show comparable to events in Denver or San Antonio, Nagle said.
Nagle said opportunities close to home such as working for Marcy Cattle Company and the Panhandle Veterinary Clinic enabled her to become more involved in the community.
Robison was accepted to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and chose to attend the UNL-Iowa State University (ISU) Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine.
“The demanding science program at CSC has prepared me for the rigors of a professional program. The faculty have been very supportive as I work through a heavy courseload and the affordability places a high-level education firmly within my reach,” Robison said.
Robison recalled his visit to campus for the Scholastic Contest during high school in 1999 and decided to pursue his pre-professional education at CSC in 2014 following an 13-year career as a jockey and horse trainer which took him across the U.S. and to Australia.
Based on his experience, his original career goal was equine sports medicine; but his studies have sparked an interest in teaching.
“I found that I truly enjoy the academic environment. Helping other students has been the most rewarding part of my time at Chadron,” Robison said. “I credit the faculty, especially my adviser, Dr. Lara Madison, with my acceptance to vet school after only three years of undergrad. My professors provided a pathway to make my dreams a reality.”
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