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Nicole Howey, '13

Nicole Howey

Major: Biology, with an art minor

Current Location: Ames, Iowa

Job Title: Third year veterinary student at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

In a nutshell, what do you do, and did Albion prepare you for the job?

I'm half way through my third year at Iowa State CVM and I'm about to enter my fourth and final year here at the university. That is a full year of clinical rotations and externships. I will be pursuing an equine internship for a year at the time of graduation.

As for Albion, I was apart of the intercollegiate dressage team for two years along with boarding my thoroughbred mare at the college. I took dressage and jumping lessons at Albion while also traveling and competing with my teammates in dressage. I think that really helped me pursue my love for equine medicine, and sport horse medicine in general, while also allowing me to have some fun and meet some awesome and life long friends!

I had a wonderful advisor, Prof. Vanessa McCaffrey. Even though she taught organic chemistry and knew nothing about applying to veterinary school, we worked together to make sure I had all my prerequisite classes in order to start my application process.

What did it mean for you to be involved in equestrian activities at Albion?

I was apart of the IDA team at Albion for two years.  I took jumping lessons with George and Dressage with Danielle. I really enjoyed having such a diverse education while at Albion. I was able to study things I love like music, art, and horses while also cramming in all my much-needed classes to apply to vet school. It's definitely something you can't do while at a large university.

A lot of my friends in vet school are always surprised when they find out I minored in art and was on a music scholarship. But at Albion, that's kind of the norm!

Are you still active in equestrian life? 

Vet school does not allow much outside of studying. Apart from riding, I am all about equine medicine. I am currently tracking the equine track for my year of rotations and plan on pursuing equine sport horse medicine and orthopedic surgery after graduation. I'm also a member of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).  Hopefully after graduation, and possibly after my internship, I'll have some time to invest into a horse and start riding again.

How did your Albion experience help you in your career?

Meeting life-long friends and allowing me to do what I love: ride.

Solid Final Show for Dressage Team (February 20-21, 2016)

The final weekend of competition for the Briton dressage team was a double header show hosted by Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, on February 20 and 21. Though there was only room for six of the eight riders to compete over the weekend, Albion was still able to rack up enough points to finish in third place both days and end the season as the third place team in the region.

First year Skye Campbell (Grand Rapids / Caledonia) won second place in her Introductory level class with an impressive 65.9 percent test. Campbell was named regional reserve champion at Intro level, which also makes her eligible for a wild card spot at IDA Nationals, though these spots cannot be officially filled until later when all the regions complete their regular season shows.

Albion riders were also able to compete for the first time in the dressage seat equitation classes, which is a new offering for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association. The first year students reigned supreme again, with Kendra Gembala (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) winning second in First/Upper, and Bria Flanagan (Harrisburg, S.D. / Lincoln) with second in Lower.

Though a handful of the Briton riders fought a stomach bug over the course of the weekend, they still pulled it together for a successful show. Coach Danielle Menteer had this to say about the weekend:  “Everyone worked really hard and was in high spirits. We also really appreciated the efficient, well managed, snafu-free show that LEC put on. It made the weekend quite enjoyable.”

Britons Give Solid Performance at IHSA Semi Finals (March 19-20, 2016)

Tonti riding at Semi Finals.
Tonti riding at Semi Finals.

Albion's pair of IHSA Regional champion western riders traveled to Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois over the weekend of March 19 and 20 to pit their skills against the champions of other IHSA regions and try for a chance at the IHSA National Championship show.

In the Intermediate division, sophomore Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Churchill) finished fifth in her horsemanship class, while classmate and teammate Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) competed in Advanced horsemanship with an identical result.

Meanwhile, Albion's alumni division regional standout Katie Petchell '13 traveled to a separate Semi Final show at Middle Tennessee State University, where she finished fifth in Alumni Reining.

The Britons' post-season results came as Tonti and Sandberg received recognition from the IHSA for their achievements in the classroom as well; the sophomores were both named to the IHSA All-Academic teams for the 2015-2016 school year.

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