Libby Goldstein ’12
I dreamt of becoming a veterinarian from a very early age. I used to play doctor on all of my stuffed animals. I carried this dream with me to Chatham Hall, where I was able to explore my love of horses in a variety of settings.
I took an equine-focused biology course at Chatham Hall that gave me a definite step up in my knowledgebase going forwards. My teacher then helped me develop the topic for the Hallum Hurt Scholarship and joined me on a trip to Spain and Germany to study the influence of Spanish breeds on modern-day sport horses.
I also took part in a community service trip to South Africa that was a once in a lifetime experience. Getting to travel to Africa alone is such a unique opportunity that most people don’t get to have and the way the trip was structured really allowed us to become immersed in the culture by getting us involved in activities that helped the communities and that most tourists would not have. It also brought me closer to the classmates and faculty that were on the trip and gave me memories I’ll never forget.
Going to veterinary school was the perfect combination for my analytical brain and love of animals, and becoming an equine practitioner was especially appealing as I can spend most of my days outdoors with horses. The hours can be long, and the work is physically demanding, but it’s all worth it to know you’ve had a hand in the success of horses in their various competitive disciplines.
Through a lot of hard work and determination I got into my dream school and, after another nine years of the same perseverance, I now have my dream job and am living my dream life.