The 10 female veterinary students who volunteered at Girls & Science Saturday to demonstrate to children how to bandage a paw, identify a tiger skull, and look through a microscope could have been those wide-eyed young girls just a few years ago.
And those kids at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science event might just find themselves studying veterinary medicine, or any number of science, technology, engineering, art or math fields just a few years from now.
“I dream of being on an admissions committee in 20 years, and reading an essay that says they came to this event and were inspired to apply to vet school,” said CSU veterinary student Claire Tucker. “So many vet students talk about having a passion for animals, but so many young girls still don’t know what they can do with that. Hopefully, we will be a spark in the back of their heads as they grow up.”
Tucker organized the event’s Colorado State University clubhouse, one of 25 experiences designed to expose girls to the world of possibilities in STEAM careers. Therapy dogs lolled around on colorful carpets while girls used stethoscopes to listen to their heartbeats. Tiny hands wrapped bandages around stuffed animal legs and used real forceps to “operate” on teddy bears. Wide eyes peered into microscopes, marveling at the squiggly shapes of bacteria. Future doctors studied X-rays and skeletons, guessing which animals they belonged to.
Girls of all ages, and their adult companions, peppered the students with questions in English and Spanish about what it’s like to be a vet student.