Meet Brianna Hosszu

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Brianna Hosszu is pursuing her Honours Bachelor of Science with a Major in Animal Biology and a Minor in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences at the University of Guelph. She currently works at a Foal Watch Program at the Ontario Veterinary College. In her spare time, she likes to cook, bake, try out new recipes, go to the gym, do horseback riding, and travel with friends and family.

When did your love of STEM begin?

I honestly can't even put a specific time point to when my love of STEM begun, because for as long as I can remember, science in particular, has always been my strong suit and something that sparked my interest in terms of learning. Every year from elementary to high school, science was always my highest grade and I think that is because it came easy to me, and when we learned something in class I was able to pick up the concept fairly quickly and do well on assignments and tests. I think what makes science so interesting to me is the fact that it plays a role in everything that we do on a day-to-day basis, from the food we eat, to how our bodies work and the technology advancing around us. I really enjoy learning about how things work normally and what to do to fix things when things go abnormal, and from a young age I developed a strong passion for animals, so naturally I always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian one day.

What is the best part about working in the field of STEM?

I think there are a million things that make working in the field of STEM amazing, but I would have to say the best part about it would be the fact that there is an enormous amount of opportunity to truly make a difference in the way things are done now. In pursuing a career in STEM, more specifically as a veterinarian, I know that I will be able to take my job further to not only helping promote animal welfare and curing sickness and disease, but also following in the footsteps of other scientists and doctors to help with the protection of endangered species. I also truly believe as a veterinarian I will not only be contributing to animal health but also helping to promote advancing techniques in human health as well. I love that in the field of STEM, my career can create an impact that can one day help revolutionize modern day medicine.

What advice would you give young women interested in a career in STEM?

The best advice I could give to young women interested in a career in STEM, is to always remember to believe in yourself because you are capable of anything you put your mind to, all it takes is a little hard work and dedication.

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