Dr. Jennifer Halleran, originally from New Jersey, graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.  During her undergraduate career at the University of Rhode Island, and during veterinary school, her love for food animal medicine developed and grew.  She completed a Ruminant Health Internship at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and recently just started a residency program in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Halleran would like to stay in academia, working at veterinary school, teaching veterinary students, working in clinics and performing research.

What are some of the most satisfying aspects of your work as a veterinarian?

 

I had always wanted to be a veterinarian, ever since I was a young girl.  I have always had a love for animals, and I really wanted to help them any way I could.  I also love science and the detective work of medicine. I am just so fortunate to be able to work in a field where all of those loves can be combined.  Working through an academic internship and now a residency, one of the most satisfying aspects of my job is teaching veterinary students.  I love the look in their eyes when they are able to auscult a heartbeat, palpate a pregnancy, or are able identify images on ultrasound.  I love when the pathophysiology of a disease just clicks.  I am so incredibly grateful for everyone who has helped shaped my career, and am thankful that I have the opportunity to pay back the favor by helping and teaching the future generations of veterinarians. In addition to teaching veterinary students, I have grown to love my relationships I have developed with clients.  We all have been through some tough cases, and some really good ones.  It is not the easiest job to deliver news about their beloved pets, but when we are able to help owners understand, ease pain and suffering, or give them great news, it really touches my heart.  

If you could take urban consumers to visit a farm or a ranch, what are the first things you would show or tell them?

Whether it be a beef unit or a dairy, I would take the visitors to see the animals first.  I would show them how happy and content they are.  I would stress how important the comfort of the animals are to the workers on the farm, the manager and the veterinarians at the unit.  Yes, it is a business, but first and foremost comes animal comfort and welfare.  If the animals are not comfortable, not well taken care, then there will not be a business.  I would happily answer any misconceptions they have about the industry and talk to them about how and why certain procedures are performed.  I would want the consumer to know exactly where their food and/or products are coming from and for them to fully understand it.  I would happily walk them around the farm or ranch, showing them the basics of the dairy or the set-up of a beef unit.  I would want them to understand the dedication and work the employees of the unit put in to ensure they have the best quality product to offer to consumers.