Sarah Raabis' dream began when she was a summer volunteer with Heifer International at a farm in Massachusetts. Now, with a biology degree from Saint Anselm and a DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) from Tufts University, she hopes to use her love of animals to improve human health around the world.
After her first year at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, Raabis received a U.S. Army research grant to study livestock density and disease prevalence in Mozambique. Living in a tent near Limpopo National Park, she and another student traveled to small villages to monitor the health of cattle. She also worked at a dairy veterinary practice in upstate New York.
After finishing vet school, Raabis continued her education in an internship at Colorado State University and moved on to a three-year residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Where she goes after her specialty boards is still an open question, but Raabis has become fascinated with the role of politics in improving rural international health.
"There are a lot of things you can do from a veterinary perspective," she says. "It's very rewarding when the things you've studied actually help make people feel better."
Photo: Sarah in Mozambique