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
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
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