Alumni Tale: Galina Pate ’15

What did you study at UNH?

Biomedical Sciences Medical and Veterinary Sciences

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

1 year out of college I had just finished my first year of veterinary school at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and was still getting settled into life in Alabama. At this time I found out I was a recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship Program through the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Veterinary Corps. I was lucky enough to meet my future husband during my first year, and we had gotten engaged at this point!

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I will be there next year! Hopefully, I will be graduated, promoted to Captain, and serving my country as an active duty veterinarian in the U.S. Army.

What were you doing now?

I am currently a fourth-year student at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. I am in my clinical year, so every 2 weeks I’m doing something different! For example, I could be on Ophthalmology for 2 weeks and Neurosurgery the next block. It’s been so rewarding to see what I’ve learned in the classroom happening in real life, and to be able to start making decisions in patient care. I’ve been able to work with many species, such as dogs, cats, llamas, goats, and more!

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

While at UNH I was a SURF Abroad scholar and did my research study on koalas in Queensland, Australia. This was an unforgettable experience that really broadened my horizons and sparked my love of travel and research.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

My time at UNH helped me grow as a person and inspired me to always get out of my comfort zone in order to pursue my dreams.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because UNH always believed in me – getting into veterinary school was tough, and getting a scholarship from the Army was even tougher, but my advisors and professors were there every step of the way, even after graduation, to help me succeed.