BSc Candidate, Agriculture (Animal Science), University of Guelph
Aspiring Candidate, Veterinary School, Large Animal Medicine
Student Technician, Ontario Veterinary College
When did your love of STEM begin?
Erica: Pursuing a career in STEM was interesting to me from a young age because I always had a passion for biology and science. I always did better in those subjects, and so it was kind of a calling, I found. And I just I really enjoyed it.
I decided to pursue a career in STEM when I was probably 4 years old, and every single year they would ask at school what I wanted to be when I grew up and it was always a veterinarian. And they always said oh it'll change, it'll change, and it's never changed!
What did you love most about studying and working in your field of STEM?
Erica: I love how much actually applies to the real world and how it has an effect on so many different things. So for example what you may learn in animal medicine has an impact on human medicine and I think that that's really cool.
“What I love about my work is the people. I love how everyone comes together for the same purpose, and in a multidisciplinary environment, having everybody come together to get that animal back to health.”
What advice would you give to young women considering a career in STEM?
Erica: What I would say to a young woman interested in pursuing a career in STEM is to go for it. If you're interested in it and you love it, you're going to be successful.