Students Volunteer with Local Farmer Helping with sheep at Tom Stanley's farm is providing Isaiah Medina '22 and Abby Hamilton '22 with valuable experience that they can include on future veterinary school applications.
Washington and Lee University juniors Isaiah Medina and Abigail Hamilton were featured recently in a newspaper article about their work with ewes and lambs at a Rockbridge County farm.
The students, who are both interested in attending veterinary school, have been volunteering all year at Tom Stanley’s farm, where they have assisted with such tasks as ultrasound scans of pregnant ewes and inoculations of newly born lambs.
Hamilton is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies at W&L, while Medina is pursuing a major in biology and considering a minor in data science. The students were connected with Stanley by local veterinarian Mike Hepner. Hepner is a member of W&L’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which reviews, approves, revises and monitors protocols for all research and instructional use of vertebrate animal species at the university.
The farm work doesn’t count toward class credit at W&L, but Hamilton and Medina are still gaining invaluable experience that will look good on future applications.
The article, which was published in The News Gazette on March 31, 2021, can be read in full on the newspaper website.