Purdue University North Central student Cody Anspach knows that he wants to become a veterinarian.
The Winamac resident raises sheep with my family for the use of 4-H show stock and is involved with 4-H in Pulaski county. He’s a director on the Pulaski County Fair Board and is a co-chairman of the Pulaski County Dairy Committee.
Becoming a veterinarian seemed like a natural career path for him.
“I have been involved with livestock all of my life and developed a passion for the care of livestock,” he explained.
Anspach was accepted to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine this spring and will begin classes in West Lafayette in the fall. With only 28 veterinary schools in the United States, competition for admittance is tough. For example, in 2009, Purdue had 656 prospective students submit applications and just 70 students enrolled.
Anspach’s admittance to the College of Veterinary Medicine is even more noteworthy due to the fact that he was accepted as a junior in the PNC Biology program.
Clearly, his work in the classroom, his interest in animals and veterinary science positioned him to succeed.
“PNC has an outstanding biology program,” he said, while noting that he received support and encouragement from a variety of sources.
“Without my adviser, Dr. Vanessa Quinn, (assistant professor of Biology) I would not have even applied to vet school this year. She helped me in every aspect of applying to vet school, I can’t thank her enough. Dr. Chris Holford, (associate professor of Biology and department chair) and his help with research and the simple fact of constantly asking if I had heard anything yet helped immensely.”
As a student, Anspach prioritized his responsibilities and always put his class work first. His friends at PNC knew and supported his goals.
On campus he was a member of the Pre-Vet Club and was recently inducted into the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society.
In recent years, several PNC students have been accepted to veterinary science programs across the county, while Lara Uriadko, a 2007 PNC alum, is a recent graduate of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
The positive learning environment at PNC, supportive professors and student-centered atmosphere set the tone for academic success, said Anspach.
“I have been recommending PNC to many High school kids from my home town not only for their pre-veterinary aspirations, but for any biology-based aspirations. PNC has so much to offer, including undergraduate research that opened many doors for me. The faculty members are willing to help with any aspirations that anyone may have.”
Looking ahead, he would like to eventually open a private practice and focus on food animal medicine.
As someone who changed majors so that he could pursue his true passion, Anspach offers simple advice for people contemplating going to college.
“Stop contemplating and go.”