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ISU Student Experience

Sandra Brautigam

Sandra Brautigam is entering her second year of Veterinary School at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She grew up in a small town in Connecticut and received her bachelors in biology from Eastern Connecticut State University. Afterwards she spent one year in Veterinary Technical School at Cedar Valley College in Texas before moving to Iowa to attend vet school.    

Even from a very young age, she knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian.  She always loved animals and have had a variety throughout her life (dogs, cats, chinchillas, rats, gerbils, ferrets, peacocks, etc).   Sandra and her mother are hobby breeders of Shetland Sheepdogs and toy poodles. They have one to two litters a year.  In her spare time, she enjoys training and showing her dogs in obedience and agility and have been showing for over 10 years.  Here in Iowa, she lives with two of her shelties, Lilly and Pepper. 

“I was very excited to be chosen for Iowa Veterinary Specialties student mentorship program.  This has been a great opportunity to explore emergency medicine considering it is where my career path is most likely headed” she states.  During this opportunity, one of the more interesting types of cases that she said she saw were proptosed eyes (eyes that were no longer in their socket).  Iowa Veterinary Specialties saw three separate cases during her eight weeks here.  Please view Sandra’s powerpoint presentation to learn more about proptosis.

Eye Proptosis in Pets from ivsdsm


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