An interview with Dr. Brianne Davis, a practicing veterinarian and CAGIS Alum
Why did you become a veterinarian? What was it about that field of study that interested you the most?
When I was younger, I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I was drawn to learning quirky facts about different species, and realized that it was important to me that I could use my knowledge to help them. I’ve always loved problem solving, logic games, and puzzles, and medical problems can be viewed as big puzzles to solve. Being a veterinarian allows me to bridge both these interests. Luckily, I knew that this is what I wanted to do from a young age, and was able to work towards this goal. My parents helped me see the importance of having a strong background in STEM for my career goal and helped keep me on track to achieve my dreams.
Can you describe your CAGIS experience and the impact being a CAGIS member had on you?
I was fortunate to have CAGIS available to me from a young age; it was a big part of my introduction to STEM. I didn’t always enjoy science and math classes in school due to the mostly lecture-based format of class. I much preferred hands-on activities over rote memorization. CAGIS allowed me to learn about many of the same topics, but in a more fun and interactive manner. I eventually realized that lecture-based learning was a means to an end, but that my dislike of that format was not truly a dislike of the subject material!
If you were giving one piece advice to a young girl interested in exploring STEM, what would it be?