Lake Erie College Biology Students Take OSU Veterinary School by Storm

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Two Lake Erie College biology majors have been accepted into The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Both Anna Laino ’18 and Robert Holowecky ’19 have chosen to continue their education at OSU and are excited to take the next step.

Anna Laino graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a chemistry minor. In addition to being a member of the Pre-Veterinary Club, she also rode on multiple equestrian teams. Her time on the IHSA Hunt Seat Team and IDA team culminated in her time as president of the IDA team. Once she graduates from OSU, she hopes to work in small animal medicine and positively impact both people and animals through her work.

Robert Holowecky will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a pre-med concentration, minoring in chemistry and mathematics. During his time at LEC he was a resident assistant and ambassador, as well as a member of the Academic Affairs Student Advisory Council and president of the Pre-Vet Club. He hopes to work as a veterinary orthopedic surgeon at a practice in the greater Cleveland area.

Both Anna and Robert chose to apply to OSU because its veterinary program is continually regarded as one of the top programs in the country. After completing the online Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VCMAS), they each had to submit a secondary application and attend a face to face interview. The application process was highly competitive, as veterinary programs look for applicants with a variety of veterinary experiences, high academic performance and interpersonal skills.

“LEC helped by providing me with many opportunities to build a competitive application. I always felt supported by my professors and coaches who helped me through the years to prepare for the intensity of vet school,” Anna said. “By having to manage difficult coursework with extracurricular activities and jobs, I feel like I developed the skills necessary to succeed in vet school.”

The College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU is among the largest in the country. Despite the change in setting and size of the program, Anna and Robert are excited and confident about starting at OSU. Anna has worked with other vets over the years who graduated from OSU’s veterinary program, and they had only great things to tell her about the program.

“I am excited to learn more about veterinary medicine as it has always been a passion of mine,” said Anna. “OSU has many research opportunities for students, which is something I would both enjoy and like to get more experience in. At LEC I particularly enjoyed taking immunology and microbiology. These were two courses that taught me valuable information that I know will be extremely useful in vet school.”

For Robert, he wanted to continue a tradition at a top program. Both of his parents attended OSU for their undergraduate education. He feels that his time at LEC has prepared him both for the application process and for veterinary school in many ways. Robert adds, “Specifically, the small class size learning environment, rigor of the science program, and networking opportunities that I received gave me the confidence to apply to several extremely competitive programs.”

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