When Becky Lozada-Miranda was weighing what to do after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine last spring, the thought of returning to an academic institution wasn’t at the top of her list.
Lozada-Miranda was looking to participate in the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program. Students interested in doing a one-year internship after graduation apply and rank up to ten internship opportunities they are interested in.
“At first I didn’t want to consider an academic institution,” Lozada-Miranda said, “but I knew academic institutions emphasis teaching, continuing education and mentorship.
“Iowa State had become home,” the California native continued. “I had good relationships with the clinicians and I knew this was a place I could be comfortable at and be successful.”
Lozada-Miranda is just a few months into her one-year internship as a small animal rotating intern in the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital at Iowa State. She has a goal of eventually working in emergency and critical care.
Approximately half of her time is spent in the intensive care unit of the hospital, the rest she works in such specialty areas of radiology, internal medicine, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and anesthesiology.
But it is the ICU and emergency services that truly are her interests.
“I worked at an emergency clinic as a technician before I enrolled in vet school,” she said. “You see patients at their worst moments and it makes you really think on your toes in those high stress situations.
“It is very satisfying to provide care to animals in these instances. You really do see a little bit of everything in ICU.”
Lozada-Miranda says the ICU is never boring, even when she is on-call in the middle of the night.
“We see most of our after-hours patients before midnight,” she says, “and even if we don’t have any emergencies come in, we’re in charge of every hospitalized patient, so we’re always busy.”
Just a few months ago, Lozada-Miranda was in the same rotations, but as a fourth-year student. Now she has “Dr.” in front of her name, something she still has trouble getting used to.
“Now people are going me Dr. Lozada-Miranda instead of Becky,” she said. “With that title comes responsibility but I’m still learning. I’m aware there are parts of veterinary medicine I’m good at, but there are other areas I’m not. However everybody here is good at giving me feedback so I can continue to learn.
“This job can be a rollercoaster,” she continued, “but in the end I have enjoyed every day so far.”