There are many branches of pathology, but the two main branches that the UF CVM employs are clinical and anatomic. Farina describes the difference between the two as, "if you can squirt it on a microscope slide (e.g. blood), it’s clinical pathology. If you can hold it in your hand (e.g. a limb), it’s anatomic pathology."
Sometimes there aren’t good tests for things unless they’re dead, like rabies or tuberculosis in elephants
As a woman in the STREAM field (science, technology, research, engineering, arts, math), often overpopulated with men, Farina experiences a different population in veterinary medicine. “By the time I became a veterinarian, the generation had flipped. My class was a third men.” Veterinary medicine is currently dominated by women and Farina’s parents encouraged her do whatever she wanted, even if that was “cutting up dead things.”
I never had the mentality that girls could be bad at anything.
After trying private practice, Farina knew she would rather work with other veterinarians and veterinary students, rather than clients. Often, students who are interested in becoming veterinarians think they will work with animals much more than people, but in private practice this is not the case.
For all students, exploring opportunities in a science field is critical to find the space that is right for each one’s personality and goals. The starting path is not always the final product.