Heather Barron DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
What makes you passionate about veterinary medicine?
Everything! I’ve known my whole life that I wanted to be a vet and it’s every bit as rewarding as I hoped it would be. It’s not just what I do, it’s who I am.
What excites you about veterinary education?
Christa McAuliffe said, “I touch the future, I teach.” I still get a good feeling every day I help an individual animal. But I get a great feeling when I see all of our students learning about wildlife and conservation medicine because I see that our impact is infinite and that at CROW we really can be a positive force to change the future of wildlife medicine.
I have been extremely fortunate to have amazing mentors who taught me to reach beyond my own perceived limitations. I learned I could accomplish more than I had ever dreamed of doing. They taught me I could change the world, or at least my little wild corner of it. It is this gift that I endeavor to pass on to my own students.
If you had to name one veterinary-related discovery that has occurred during your career that “wowed” you, what would it be?
The discovery of West Nile Virus in birds in the US by a wildlife vet. This really focused the One World, One Health concept in a way that really changed the direction of my career.
What is your favorite thing about speaking at the NAVC Conference?
It is humbling and exciting to be a part of such an immense veterinary educational event; to think, “these are my peeps” and I get to share so much great information with them.