Student Experiences
Colton Duxbury – 2012 DWU graduate
Internship: Lakeview Veterinary Clinic, Mitchell
Major: Allied Health
Hometown: Wessington, S.D.

Private liberal arts colleges can provide individualized attention and flexibility that larger universities can’t – making the student’s personal success a faculty member’s personal mission.

Colton Duxbury, Wessington, transferred to DWU as an athletic training major in 2009 from Northern Arizona University. He found medical classes were the right course for him, but struggled with his

“As an athletic trainer, I could do a number of different things in the medical field, such as PA, PT, MD, etc.,” he said. “I shadowed some people in these professions over the next year and a half, but I didn’t find anything that really pushed me to join that profession myself.”

That winter break he was talking to a veterinarian on his family’s farm when his interest was sparked. His next step was to talk to his adviser and see what could be done to switch gears halfway through the game.

He switched to a biology major and began interning for Lakeview Veterinary Clinic in Mitchell for spring 2011 and fall 2011 semesters.

“I really enjoyed working with the animals as well as the people who owned them,” he said. “Veterinary medicine doesn’t tie me down into one specialty, either; I can go from working on a dog one minute to a cow the next.”

Switching majors is common enough, in fact, Duxbury had switched from construction management to athletic training while still at his former school, but in order to graduate within a total of four years, hard work was involved on his part and some creativity by a professor.

“Professor Brian Patrick really helped out a lot during my transition to biology. He made sure that I had everything squared away in order to graduate on time. He is also the person responsible for putting together my individualized allied health major,” Duxbury said. “When I was talking to him about adding an allied health minor to my transcript so my athletic training classes did not go to waste, he posed the idea of combining the chemistry and allied health minors into one major.”

Duxbury graduated in May and has been accepted to Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. By 2016, he will graduate with a combined Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degree.

Carly Hayes, 2011 DWU graduate
Internship: Sioux Falls Zoo and Delbridge Museum
Major: Business-finance with a biology minor
Hometown: Aberdeen, S.D.

The beauty of an internship isn’t to sell a student a career, but to allow the student to explore it. Carly Hayes, of Aberdeen, went into an internship for Sioux Falls Zoo to explore the atmosphere and dynamic of working for a zoo. Her typical day consisted of zoo maintenance – cleaning, enrichment and training.

“The most memorable experience that occurred was when we were able to feed the bears from above their enclosure,” she said. “Being one step away from a mouth full of teeth was exciting.”

The experience was an informative one for Hayes, who actually was able to learn a little something about what she wants to do by doing what she didn’t.

“Something I would tell other students considering doing an internship is that it is really important to experience the job first hand before committing to it so that you do not end up in a field you are not happy with.”

Hayes doesn’t discredit the experience she received, even though her internship won’t lead to a job at a zoo.

“Being at the zoo taught me that although I love animals and respect all that the keepers have to do, it is just not for me,” she said. “Thus, I am looking more into an administrative position, where I can apply my organization and passion for working with people.”
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