Dr. Erica Esser has become a familiar face around campus. She has been the resident veterinarian with the veterinary technology program at the Globe University-Wausau campus since July 2014. In that time, she has become a valuable part of the campus community. Dr. Esser graciously took some time to speak with me this week so we could all get to know her a little better.
Tell us about your experience and education?
I am a DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I received my degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Before veterinary school, I attended Cornell University and received my B.S. After graduation from vet school, I practiced with a large animal clinic in central Wisconsin and focused on equine medicine for six years. I also have experience in small animal practice, wildlife and zoo medicine, and research. I bring all of this experience to the classroom to show students how their classroom experience can be relevant to their future career.
Do you have a vision for the veterinary technology program Globe University-Wausau that you would like to share?
My vision is that we graduate highly trained, professional and enthusiastic veterinary technicians. I hope that the training we give them allows them to excel at the current tasks associated with our field and have the background knowledge to grow with our field as the medicine evolves.
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I am a big outdoor enthusiast. In the winter, I love to cross country ski and snowshoe. In the summer, I love to bike and garden. My best outdoor companions are my husband and 11-month-old daughter. I am also very active in local organizations. I enjoy serving as the chairman of the board to the Stevens Point Area Cooperative.
What have you enjoyed most about this position so far?
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is getting to see the enthusiasm of students learning something for the first time. When you’ve been in practice for many years, you forget that even something as routine as giving a shelter dog a vaccine is full of the newness and the trepidation that comes to a student learning a new task. I love remembering the importance and technique of each act and seeing the students integrate all their new skills into the art of practicing as a veterinary technician.
What have you found challenging?
I remind myself that our daily goal in being at Globe University is to teach students. We love to help shelter animals while teaching our students, but the number of patients seen per day is not high. The student learning process takes priority; if we happen to spay a dog in the process, then that’s gravy!
Is there anything else you want to share?
Feel free to stop by my office or say hi to me in the halls anytime!
Thank you for being part of our campus community and veterinary technology program, Dr. Esser!