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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Alumnus Participates in Humanitarian Work in Kosovo

10/05/09

October 5, 2009 (North Brunswick, NJ)—Ross graduate Major Dana Dobbs ‘06 recently returned from a nine-month tour of duty in Kosovo with the Army Veterinary Corps where, as the only U.S. veterinarian in the entire country, her services were greatly in demand.

“It was a very rewarding and life-changing experience that I compare with living in St. Kitts. My time in St. Kitts definitely helped prepare me for living in Kosovo because, before coming to Ross, I had never been out of the U.S.,” she said.

Dr. Dobbs first learned about Ross from another Ross alumnus whom she met during a chance encounter while she was working as a police officer in Washington.

“I’ve always wanted to do three things in my life—join the military, be a police officer, and be a veterinarian—not necessarily in that order,” she explained. “I had already done the first two when I realized that I didn’t want to be a police officer anymore. So I decided to apply to vet school, but I couldn’t get in.”

Thinking that her only alternative was to become a veterinary technician, Dr. Dobbs made an appointment with a local veterinarian to see if she could schedule the 50 hours of observation necessary to apply. It was there that she met Dr. Lisa Lembeck ’90.

“She [Dr. Lembeck] took one look at me and said, ‘You need to go to vet school,’ to which I replied, ‘Thanks, but I’ve already tried.’ She convinced me to attend a Ross Information Seminar, and the next thing I knew I was off to vet school. I had no idea Ross existed before that,” she said.

According to Dr. Dobbs, she had the “time of her life” at Ross.

“I loved it. Yes, there were challenges to be faced but my overall experience—including the people I met and the education I received—I wouldn’t have traded any of it for the world.”

A member of the military for 22 years, Dr. Dobbs transitioned from the Army Medical Service Corps to the Veterinary Corps after receiving her D.V.M. from Ross. She was deployed to Kosovo April 7, 2008.

“There were two others in my unit—my animal technician and food inspector. Since we were such a small group we had a huge amount of responsibility over there.

Based out of Camp Bondsteel where she flew the Ross University flag nearly every day, Dr. Dobbs chief concern was caring for the U.S. and Coalition Forces military dogs; however, she also found time for humanitarian work.

“By far, my favorite part of the whole mission was being able to take part in humanitarian efforts through the Veterinary Civil Assistance Program. “While the services we provided seemed basic to us, it was a wonderful experience and the people were so appreciative. So often their livestock is their entire livelihood.”

Having been back in the States for only a few weeks, Dr. Dobbs is taking a well-deserved break before returning to veterinary work.

“The Army is very short of veterinarians, so it’s only a matter of time before I’m redeployed,” she said.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Founded in 1982 and located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine is affiliated with 21 AVMA-accredited U.S. veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year.  The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with clinical education centers in Saginaw, MI, Miami, FL, and The Bahamas.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit www.RossU.edu or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.

 

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