Meet an Alum

Kristen Greene

If you had asked Kristen Greene (Animal Science ’11) six years ago if she would be riding a double decker bus to veterinary school in Scotland every day, she would have told you that you were crazy, but Greene says life is too short to pass up the opportunities that come along. Veterinary medicine can take you anywhere in the world, whether it’s spaying and neutering cats and dogs in India, working with wildlife in Africa, or delivering lambs in the countryside of England. Greene is completing her second year at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Greene chose UNH’s preveterinary program because of its strong roots in agriculture and selection of classes, many animal-oriented, that were not offered at other universities.

UNH prepared Greene well for veterinary school by giving her a firm foundation in the biological sciences and animal handling. Classes like Nutritional Biochemistry pulled together information from other science courses; Comparative Histology related the anatomy of tissues with their physiological function, and Pathology gave her a head start with learning diseases and better understanding physiology. These classes helped get Greene through the first few years of vet school. CREAM and other dairy classes offered by the dairy program gave her the opportunity to work with dairy cows, an opportunity that is not present at many schools. CREAM is a yearlong class in which 30 students manage a dairy herd. Students milk, feed, and clean the cows out every day and this includes taking care of the calves and heifers. Students also work together to make decisions on the herd, such as diet to feed. Therefore it teaches you to work with others to gain a common goal. Greene also did nutritional research with Dr. Andre Brito with the Jersey cows at UNH’s organic dairy.

kristengreenehorsebackingridingGreene gained interest in attending veterinary school in Scotland after a representative from the University of Edinburgh visited UNH. There are several veterinary schools in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean that are accredited to by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Veterinary school in Scotland has given Greene a great education and priceless life experiences. Students spend a month in the spring helping with lambing throughout the United Kingdom.  Students are also required to do 12-week animal husbandry internships with most species. This is really a great opportunity to travel around and work with all sorts of animals. Greene’s former animal experience was helpful in her being accepted to the internship programs she wanted. Greene milked cows in an organic dairy in southwest England and stayed in a house that was over 1000 years old. She also delivered over one hundred lambs in the Cotswolds and worked with ponies and poultry in the Shetland Islands. Greene plans on returning to New England when she graduates in 2015 and doing mixed animal practice.