If you read our last blog, you know that Abilene Animal Hospital generally takes in 12-15 student interns per year for 1 to 3 week blocks. This summer, we had the pleasure of hosting Yue (pronounced yoo-ee) Gong, a senior veterinary student from the University of Melbourne in Australia for 3 weeks. Yue is a native of Singapore and she interviewed with us via e-mail after her stint here in Kansas.
AAH: Where are you from and how did you end up choosing AAH for your internship?
Gong: I come from the small sunny island nation that is Singapore, but to be more exact, I was born in China and raised in Singapore. In order to pursue my interest in veterinary science, I travelled to Australia and enrolled in the University of Melbourne as there is no veterinary school in Singapore. It was through my vet course that I was introduced to our swine production lecturer, Dr Ross Cutler. While on practical work placement with him, he recommended me to intern at an American clinic with some friends of his, which turned out to be Abilene Animal Hospital! (small world, huh?)
AAH: What are your plans after graduation?
Gong: I plan to stay in Australia to work as a mixed practitioner for a few years after graduation, but future plans are uncertain. There is no doubt however that the US is part of my future plans, so definitely expect another visit from me!
.AAH: What did you like about interning at AAH?
Gong: Everyone was eager and keen to include me as part of the team, which means a lot to a student. Everyone also had a fabulous sense of humor, which made even the most tiring days enjoyable. Oh and Friday breakfasts are definitely a highlight too! (AAH often serves hot breakfast on Friday mornings to congratulate all for making it through the week. Gale Rock is known for her awesome cooking!)
AAH: Name something you liked/were amused by in the town of Abilene, KS.
Gong: I really enjoyed Old Abilene Town and learning about how things were done in the olden days. The whistle of the steam engine is also something that I will never forget!
AAH: Anything else you want to add?
Gong: AAH is the first American clinic I have seen practice at during my course, and they have left me a wonderful first impression of what vet science is like in the US. Because of AAH, I have decided definitively that I will come back to the States in the future to further my career. Thank you for the fantastic experience! In Australian lingo, I would have to say, this has been a bloody rippa' of a time
We wish the future Dr. Gong the best of luck in the remainder of her studies and hope that she will come back and visit us again. Perhaps she will come during the Central Kansas Free Fair so she can enjoy another round of funnel cake, and ride on the AAH float! Thanks to Gale Rock who hosted Yue in her home. She didn’t just take on a houseguest, she gained a friend!