Meet an Alum

Nicole Young

Dr. Young has been busy since graduating from UNH with a degree in Animal Science in 2006. She received her veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Originally from Vermont, she fell in love with the seacoast during her time at UNH and was fortunate to immediately land a job back in the area at Stratham-Newfields Veterinary Hospital where she still practices. She is a member of the NH Veterinary Medical Association Board and their membership chair.  The NHVMA also opened the door for her to be an emerging leader from NH for the AVMA which enables her to meet amazing people in the field who are making a difference in the veterinary profession. She points out to students that it is equally important to create a wonderful life outside the veterinary profession. Dr. Young has been happily married for 4 years, has 3 fur-babies, and has been fortunate to travel to Europe and celebrate with friends and family.

Dr. Young is grateful for UNH’s rigorous pre-vet curriculum that prepared her well for vet school. She took advantage of optional study sessions which fine-tuned her study skills, making it an easier transition into her first year of vet school. The CREAM program and research gave her hands-on confidence and knowledge for vet school labs and clinical rotations. While at UNH, Dr. Young was president of the pre-vet club, a student adviser for CREAM, did research with Dr. Townson, and was involved with lots of activities outside of UNH including working at Stratham-Newfields Vet Hospital, skiing, hiking, attending a local church youth group, and helping at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

An alternative medicine elective during her 3rd year of vet school sparked an interest in acupuncture. Dr. Young did a clinical rotation with a veterinary acupuncturist in Santa Fe, New Mexico during her final year of vet school that convinced her to pursue certification. Her first year out of vet school she took an intensive course through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society that required around one week a month of classes and labs, a written and practical exam, as well as a case study report. Dr. Young is now certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Acupuncture benefits many conditions, but she uses it most commonly when treating degenerative joint disease and intervertebral disc disease. Most of her acupuncture patients are dogs, but says that cats cooperate for acupuncture too.  Dr. Young strongly believes in a holistic approach to medicine which includes diet, mental health and exercise.

When asked about her advice to pre-vet students, Dr. Young says “Enjoy your time at UNH but take as many difficult courses as you can. Do research as it is likely the best chance you will have of getting to explore that side of veterinary medicine, and work or shadow at a veterinary hospital YEARS before vet school applications.”

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