For many Otterbein University students, the education they receive on campus lays the foundation for further studies in graduate or professional school. For Greg Schmid '09, an equine pre-vet major, his Otterbein education helped pave the way to veterinary school and to his current internship at B.W. Furlong & Associates, an equine veterinary practice in New Jersey.
"Otterbein allowed me to focus my education on equine science right off the bat," he said. "It takes years of experience and a solid knowledge base to be trusted by horse owners as an equine vet, and Otterbein helped me gain that experience."
After graduating from Otterbein, Schmid attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Now, as an intern veterinarian, he works with associate veterinarian on a wide variety of appointments every day.
"I manage and care for hospitalized and ICU patients, and share on-call duties for on-the-farm emergency calls," he said. "Although the hours can be long, I really enjoy what I do. Everyday I get to help horses feel their best, and that's pretty rewarding for a horse-crazed person like me."
At Otterbein, Schmid had a successful stint on the equestrian team. He competed in nationals for dressage during his freshman, junior and senior years, and was regional champion his freshman and senior years. In 2009, Schmid earned High Point Rider at the U.S. Dressage Federation National Championship Horse Show on the team day and First Level National Champion on the individual day. He also won the Trip Harding Memorial trophy for First Level Champion in 2009.
In the future, Schmid said he would like to establish himself as an associate in the equine practice, in order to continue helping horses every day.