Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!
Up this week is Elizabeth Odyniec, DVM. Upon completing her internship with B.W. Furlong & Associates in the summer of 2017, Dr. Odyniec stayed on for a second year to practice under the tutelage of Dr. Brendan Furlong. She can be found at Dr. Furlong’s side; as such she is currently spending the winter in Wellington at the WEF.
Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I went to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul for my bachelor’s degree and then went to the University of Illinois for vet school. Despite Illinois being my home state, I will always be a Golden Gopher at heart.
Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I have two pets right now – Stanley and Odie. Stan is my 6 year old gelding who I’ve owned for just over a year, he was a Christmas present to myself during my internship after I saw him on an emergency call and fell in love. Odie was also a gift to myself, this time when I got into vet school – he came from a Native American reservation and his full name is Odakota, meaning “friend” in Sioux. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea to get a puppy my first week of veterinary school, or an injured horse during my internship…. both of them are the best impulse decisions I’ve ever made though.
Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s a fictional story about a teenage girl dealing with race, family, relationships, and community. I listened to the audiobook version during my drive to Wellington; not only is it timely but it’s extremely engaging and well-written, and is able to be as engrossing as a good fiction while touching on many very real, very worthy socio-political issues.
Q: Dream vacation?
A: The Swiss Alps. I read a book when I was maybe 12 years old about a girl who moved to Switzerland and lived in a chalet in the Alps – ever since then I’ve dreamed of similarly staying in a mountainside chalet, skiing and hiking every day. I think that started my obsession with being in the mountains, as it was such a far cry from the incredibly flat Midwest where I grew up.
Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: I’m one of those hipster craft beer lovers – especially a good stout or sour beer.
Q: Favorite sports team?
A: Chicago Blackhawks, as anyone who knows me probably already knows. I’m obsessed with my Hawks hockey! I even named my horse Lord Stanley, after the Stanley Cup’s namesake.
Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I love rock climbing. My whole family is really into it and we have even gone on some family climbing trips; my favorite was climbing the red rocks in Arizona. Nowadays I don’t climb nearly as often as I’d like, but I try to hit the rock gym near my house when I get a weekend off.