Meet Melinda Anderson
3rd Year Professional PharmD Student
Anticipated Graduation: May 2018
Hometown: Brookston, Indiana
Family: Husband Don and daughters Hannah and Ella
Previous Degree: BS 2001, Animal Sciences, Purdue University; AS 2003, Veterinary Technology, Purdue University
Rotation Experience: Sam’s Club Pharmacy, Sycamore Springs Mental Health and Addiction Hospital
Participation in Organizations: APhA Student Chapter, First Christian Church in Remington, White County 4H
Hobbies/Interests: Horseback riding, running, working at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and spending time with her husband, children, friends, and other family members
Why did you choose to pursue a Pharmacy degree? I have been on staff at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital since 2006 as a veterinary technologist and was looking to advance my education. My role as a technologist was to teach and work in the hospital as a “nurse” in small animal medicine, ICU, and emergency service. I was responsible for administering the medications and counseling clients about their patient’s medications, and I found myself wanting to know more about how and why the doctors picked the prescribed medications. I met with Mr. Pat George in the Purdue College of Pharmacy in 2009 to discuss the path I would need to take to become a pharmacist. I’m not going to say the path has been easy, but it has certainly been worth it.
I have a sincere passion for helping others. The combination of my vet tech degree with pharmacy has allowed me to reach outside the box and touch others, both on the veterinary and human side. I hope my experience is leaving an impression on my two daughters, as well as other adults, that they can do whatever they put their minds and hearts to. This venture would not have been possible without my faith in God and the love and support from my friends and family. I am truly blessed to be a student in the Purdue College of Pharmacy and to have overwhelming support from my colleagues at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.
What has your experience been thus far as a Pharmacy student? As I advanced in the pre-pharmacy program and later the Doctor of Pharmacy program, I developed very good relations with all the academic advisors in the Office of Student Services (OSS). I have also benefited immensely from the mentorship of professors, as well as Mr. George and all of the staff in OSS, and all the pharmacists who work at the Purdue University Pharmacy and are adjunct faculty. Honestly, I cannot praise the Purdue College of Pharmacy enough for their encouragement and support. Going back to school with a family is challenging, but with the endless support from so many people it has been a very positive and rewarding experience. The College has also done an incredible job of helping me network with alumni who have served as great mentors throughout my education. I am so excited to see what the future holds!
What are your plans for the Fall 2017 semester? I am fortunate to have been asked to teach veterinary pharmacology at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine for the veterinary technology students. This wouldn't have been possible without my clinical rotations coordinator, Dr. Brian Shepler, and Associate Dean Holly Mason agreeing to work with my clinical rotations schedule since I will be completing my clinical year.
What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to pursue a residency at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Utilizing the experience and knowledge I will have gained as a veterinary technologist, pharmacy student, and resident, I hope to secure a position as a clinical pharmacist in a veterinary teaching hospital. My goal is to work as a clinical pharmacist on the clinic floor to mimic the role clinical pharmacists have in human healthcare. I would also like to continue teaching both didactically and clinically with hopes of having my own resident in the future. I plan to impact positive advancements in veterinary medicine through my students and clinical decisions.
TOP PHOTO: Mindy with one of her adorably furry patients (photo by Purdue Marketing and Media)
Mindy with her supportive husband and daughters