Aquatic Animal Researcher Recaps His UF Experience
Stephen Reichley, DVM, CertAqV, graduated from The University of Findlay with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine in 2009. These days he provides aquatic animal diagnostic services at the Aquatic Diagnostic Laboratory in Starkville, MS and also at the Aquatic Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Stoneville, MS. He also performs research on diseases of aquatic animals.
What made you choose The University of Findlay over other schools?
I primarily selected The University of Findlay because of it’s well known and highly regarded pre-veterinary program. Attending The University of Findlay was the best choice for me; the faculty and staff at UF laid the groundwork upon which all my successes have followed. The courses prepared me very well for veterinary school. In fact, I often felt more prepared than my other classmates who attended elsewhere for their undergrad.
Did faculty or staff connections help you with internships and leadership skills?
The value of an education at UF extends well beyond the academic degree. The faculty and staff provide students opportunities in professional development, industry networking and leadership training. I was also fortunate enough to serve as a Resident Assistant for one year and a Resident Director for two years. Serving as a member of the Housing and Residence Life staff accelerated my leadership skills. This experience was invaluable in my acceptance to veterinary school and served as the foundation of many skill sets that allow me to continually reach for higher goals.