A fellow's tale
Combining Research with Clinical Practice: AO VET Fellow Valentina Riehl.
25 October 2017
Valentina Riehl recently completed a fellowship in Preclinical Services at the AO Research Institute. In this interview, the German veterinarian shares more about her experiences during the program, and what lies ahead for her professionally.
1) How did you find out about the AO VET fellowship program?
In 2015, I spent two months at the AO Research Institute, where I completed an internship at the preclinical facility. During this time, I met a lot of people, and learned about the opportunity to participate in a one-year fellowship program in Davos.
2) What made you decide to become a vet?
My interest in medicine in general has increasingly grown since my time in school. At some point, I had to decide what kind of medicine I wanted to study. It might sound funny, but in the end, the decision was easy to make: since I had my own horse, which needed a lot of veterinary care, I decided to enroll in veterinary medicine instead of human medicine, so that I could save money in the future by being my horse’s own vet.
3) What was your fellowship experience like? What was a highlight? Was there something that particularly stood out for you?
During my fellowship, I had the opportunity to met people from all over the world who work in all different kinds of research. One of my biggest highlights was the opportunity to attend the AO Foundation Davos Courses in 2016. I am also very glad that I could combine my fellowship with a study that served as my doctoral thesis.