BVSc (Hons) - University of Guelph Graduate, 2013, DVM candidate - University of Malaysia Kelantan, 2018
Public Relations Coordinator (IVSA, 2015-2016), President (IVSA, 2016-2017), Trust (IVSA, 2017-2018), International Veterinary Students' Association (IVSA)
* Please skip to minute 23:37 for Malcolm Chong's talk. For fullscreen streaming please click on the Vimeo logo in the bottom right hand corner of the video.
Veterinary students are some of the most passionate people in the world, and the potential that these students have and are able to bring change to our world cannot be explained enough. Being a Veterinary student, and at the same time meeting and working with Veterinary students from all across the globe meant that there are several observations that can be noticed about Veterinary students in general.
Veterinary students are passionate. Most students are in Veterinary school simply because they are passionate about the subject matter, and about making a real change in the world. Talk to any veterinary student long enough, and you will begin to realize that the main thing that drives what they do every single day of their lives is passion.
Veterinary students care. Veterinary students, regardless of where they are in the world, have something in common. They care. This can take many shapes and forms, but this care and concern for animals enable them to sacrifice years of their lives, and often their mental health to ensure that they can chase their dreams and passions of making the world a better place for all creatures.
Veterinary students can often feel alone. Very often, in the busyness of Veterinary school, veterinary students can lose their way, push away friends and family, and ultimately end up feeling alone and not understood. Regardless of who is to blame, this is very unhealthy, but yet a common trend that has been observed among veterinary students.
You are not alone. The truth is that no matter where you are in the world, Veterinary students do study basically the same things, and face the same issues and problems faced by all Veterinary students from all around the world, be it social problems, stress, worries about the future, or wondering whether it is all worth it. Once you get to know people from other countries, you will realize that you have more in common than you think.
Get involved. The best way the “touch the sky” and yet “keep your feet on the ground” is to get to know other Veterinary students from around the world. Get involved in activities and programs that you have an interest in, and take any chance you can get to see the world, experience different cultures, and be involved in teams that share the same values and concerns that you do too. The world is smaller than you might think, but it is also infinitely more amazing and breathtaking than ever imaginable. The best part about it is that we are all a part of it. Therefore, go and enjoy being a part of this amazing world!