Making a Difference

Dr. Tamara Hancock (’11)
It happened during orientation, just days before Tamara Hancock started veterinary school at Iowa State. "We were asked to write letters to our future self," she recalled. "I wrote that I wanted to bean emergency veterinarian and help animals and their owners." Less than a decade later, Hancock won't be found working overnights in an emergency veterinary clinic. But she's making a major impact nonetheless. As the coordinator for curriculum and student outcomes with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, Hancock has focused her efforts on improving awareness of the mental health needs for veterinary medicine students, channeling her concern and passion for the well-being of veterinarians into a role she is uniquely qualified for.