Brent Kinsey

Headed to vet school

For Brent Kinsey ’13, LaGrange College offered exactly what he needed to be accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia this fall.

“Over the past three years, in particular, I’ve had several professors in the Biology and Chemistry departments who have been inspiring,” he says. “They all have a way of bringing something special to the classroom and really invoking you to want to do your best.”

Brent’s professors and his decision to work while in college at two veterinary clinics, one in his hometown of Thomasville and one in LaGrange, steered him toward becoming a veterinarian.

“Unlike a lot of people who have known they wanted to be a veterinarian their whole lives, I discovered it during the summers I was in college,” the biology major says. “Those experiences affirmed my belief that a veterinary career was for me.”

He first worked in LaGrange at Four Paws Animal Hospital with Dr. Bill Whitlow, taking a chemistry class in the mornings followed by a work schedule of noon until closing. What began as an internship soon turned into a part-time job.

“Dr. Whitlow has his own practice, and he’s an amazing surgeon,” Brent says. “He was the first doctor who I really noticed how he interacted with the animals and their owners.
After seeing his bedside manner, I realized being a veterinarian is more than just surgeries; it’s about developing relationships with your clients and really helping to comfort them, especially in times of need.”

During his summer at Clanton-Malfus-Hodges Veterinary Hospital in Thomasville, Brent worked in a clinic with five veterinarians.

“I saw more surgeries going on, and it was a different workplace just because there the doctors bounce their ideas off each other,” Brent says. “It helped me to compare the two work environments and know that it’s important to be compatible with your work associates.”

One of Brent’s memorable moments of his vet clinic experience was scrubbing in and assisting a doctor remove a rock from a dog’s small intestine.

“I actually got to hold his small intestine,” Brent says. “It made me know that I had chosen the right field.”

Brent initially came to LaGrange College to play baseball and juggled his academic and athletic schedule well, graduating magna cum laude.

“As far as preparing me for vet school, baseball had a large part in that,” he says. “I took a strenuous courseload in addition to playing baseball, and I think it proved to them that I can definitely manage my time while taking a difficult courseload.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.