Purdue Student Features
Monique T. Brown, AAS
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Why did you choose the Purdue Veterinary Technology Distance Learning (VTDL) program?
When I was searching for schools online the first one I found was not accredited at the time. Purdue was my second choice. It was affordable and the University is well known.
What was it like when you first joined the VTDL?
I didn't know what to expect prior to my first class. After taking my first class I realized that I had to manage my time well and push myself since I was not getting up and physically going into a classroom.
What's it like to take a course?
Depending on the class it can be challenge when you have a question. You are not in the classroom where you can ask a question and get an immediate response. Because most questions are asked in an email or on a discussion board, you have to wait on a response from the instructor. Relationships develop differently when you are a distance learning student. They are developed by email and discussion groups.
What was your favorite course?
My favorite course was Introduction to Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Oncology because it gave me a better understanding of both ophthalmology and oncology. These are two things that my current clinic does not see on a regular basis so I did not have very much experience with these types of cases.
Did the program's faculty and staff help you?
The VTDL faculty/staff offer a lot of support when needed. They are always available by email and phone when I needed them. If they were unavailable at the time I contacted them, I usually heard back from them the following day.
What challenges did you face as a VTDL student and how did you get through them?
My challenges included staying focused. There were several times that I wanted to give up and not finish the program. Encouraging words from family, co-workers, and my veterinarians kept me on track. Without them I probably would not have made it to graduation.
If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective student, what would it be?
Discipline. You have to be willing to stay focused and on track. There is no one around to make sure that you are doing your work. It all depends on you and how much you want it.
What are two things that helped you be successful in your clinical mentorships?
Two things that helped with my success was the help and support of co-workers and clients that allowed me to use their pets for the required hands-on skills. It was also easy to contact Purdue’s clinical mentorship supervisor when I had questions about a task.
How did you find your clinical mentorship?
I work in a clinic so the majority of my tasks were completed at work. For other tasks I would email different facilities and usually they were more than happy to help me out. Then there are a few mentorships that were offered at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. I traveled to campus to complete those tasks.
Any final pieces of advice?
This program has given me the opportunity to meet students all across the world. I have made friends with program staff and students that I will keep in contact with forever.