Giving Back

Dr. Ashley Whiteside ('19)
In addition to working at a veterinary clinic, Ashley Whiteside is giving back to a pre-vet program she attended while an undergraduate student at Western Illinois University. Not only does she teach classes to WIU students, but she is also mentoring students who are in the same program she was once a part of. As a mentor, Whiteside meets with students interested in her career and gives them advice regarding the program and career paths, as well as allowing them to job shadow her. "I think my positive experience being a mentor was influential in my choice to apply for a teaching role here," Whiteside said. "I am excited to be back at WIU as an alumna to teach, and it is something I have really enjoyed so far. I want to do what I can to help support these future veterinarians."