2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Lauren Smith



Born and raised in Texas, I would say I’m a true Texan. Throughout my childhood, I focused every school project and essay I could on different animal species, especially hyenas (Lion King was one of my favorite VHS tapes). Growing up in a family that all worked in the medical field, I was exposed to many dinner discussions over medical cases and treatments. Considering my obsession for animals combined with my nerdy medical side, it was only a matter of time before I had my eyes set on becoming a veterinarian. To get started, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. I have now completed 2 years of the DVM curriculum at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.


Outside of school, I spend most of my time playing sand volleyball, listening to live music, playing with my dogs at the park, attending UT football games, or just relaxing in the sun. Ultimately, I enjoy doing anything outdoors. I, also, enjoy traveling and recently got to go on a volunteer trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I’m looking forward to some local traveling and exploring around New York this summer.

Career Goal:

Considering my undergraduate degree, I’m very interested in nutrition’s role in disease prevention and treatment. After working at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, I also became very interested in oncology, specifically radiation therapy. Once I earn a DVM after my name, I hope to do a rotating internship to further enhance my clinical skills and knowledge. I will then pursue a residency. I hope to end up in the academic field to combine my passions for clinical medicine, research and teaching.