Student Success: Jacqueline Alford
Jacqueline Alford (’20 DVM), a third year veterinary student at Washington State University, was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She aspired to become a veterinarian since she was a small child. Her undergraduate career inspired a genuine passion for cattle and large animals, leading her to pursue a B.S. in animal science and M.S in ruminant nutrition at New Mexico State University.
Although she is originally from the Lone Star State of Texas, and reps her Texas gear with pride, she has found her second family her at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU CVM). As a WSU CVM student, Jacqueline spends her time (when she isn’t studying) as the Student American Veterinary Medical Association Delegate for the university. She attends biannual meetings where she acts as the voice of the WSU CVM and its students. One of her passions is promoting wellness in the veterinary community. She promotes wellness by acting as the National SAVMA Wellness Support Fund Grant Coordinator. In this position, she helps spearhead the allotment of funds to various veterinary schools around the country and world to support wellness activities for students. She helps locally with the WSU CVM’s Annual Wellness Week. Jacqueline also enjoys spending time participating in events on campus with clubs like the SCAAEP and Agricultural Animal club.
Upon graduation in May of 2020, Jacqueline plans to work as a mixed animal veterinarian where she can practice and refine her love of medicine in multiple species. Later in her career she plans to transition into regulatory medicine with the USDA-APHIS. She wants to use her knowledge to promote world health and protect American agriculture. In the meantime, she plans to enjoy every up and down that the rollercoaster ride called vet school may bring! She wants to relish in as many snuggles with her Saint Bernard Samantha as she can. Her main goal is to find a bit of joy in every day while looking toward the future.