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Big Thinkers

CELS Student Researches Beluga Whale Populations

It’s not unusual for people to be unsure of their future when they start college, and Krystle Schultz, a College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) senior, was no exception. With no particular career in mind, Schultz took a class in the Animal and Veterinary Science program that changed the course of her academic career. At first, she approached the Anatomy and Physiology of Domesticated Animals class with trepidation because of her fear of blood.  She was surprised to discover that she actually loved conducting dissections and observing surgery.

“That lab was the moment,” Schultz said. “While it sounds kind of gross, I found dissecting cats and sheep brains fascinating. Ever since I observed surgery, I knew that was what I wanted to do.”

In addition to working in animal clinics, volunteering at a local zoo and personally fostering several cats, Schultz’s experience observing surgery steered her towards an Animal Science major.

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