I've been obsessed with athletics, human movement, and adventure since childhood. From my first tee-ball game to pursuing mountain bike and adventure racing and every sport in between, understanding human movement, how to make it better, and how to treat injuries has been my profession for the last 22 years. I have the pleasure of working with some of the most profound thought leaders in the fields of human biomechanics and I'm honored to call them peers.
However, my first and truest love.. animals for sure. Ask anyone that knows me what I'm passionate about and I'm certain their resounding answer would be, "Animals. Stace is obsessed with animals of every kind and their wellbeing. Even ants."
I'm no stranger to the field of veterinary medicine. In 2008, I had an experience that would forever change my life and led me to start a non-profit animal ambulance. I knew nothing about animal medicine at the time but, I was committed to surrounding myself with people that did and learning everything I could. That passion project sent me back to school to pursue the pre-requisites for veterinary medicine. Life took some very unexpected turns and my dream of veterinary school was pushed aside. However, I was fortunate enough to find a veterinarian that was willing to train me as a veterinary technician and indulged my hunger for learning everything I could possibly absorb. I volunteered with a wild bird rescue organization, operated many TNR missions for feral cats, shadowed an orthopedic surgeon, got behind the scenes with a company making prosthetics and braces for animals before it was even a thing, and read veterinary textbooks during every free minute of my time. While living in Colorado, I had the privilege of serving as a backcountry EMT on a search and rescue team for nearly six years and through that experience, I honed my emergency medicine skills in ways that would contribute to teaching others how to care for their adventurous dogs should they get injured in the woods.
Fast forward a decade later to 2018 and the dream of practicing veterinary medicine is still alive and well. In the 9 years that I've been Charlie's mom, he has been the most profound teacher I have ever had. He has taught me the beauty of resilience, the humility of bravery, and the tenacity of a spirit that defies all odds.
He fuels my passion every day to learn everything I possibly can about veterinary medicine and serving animals of every kind. In January of this year, after much research on options for a program that would fit my current life with Charlie, I quietly submitted my application to Purdue University's Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program. Ranked as the #1 school in the nation for this field, I was incredibly excited but nervous about whether I would make the cut.
On March 23rd, Charlie and I got the letter. I had been accepted into the program.
To say that I'm excited is an understatement. My first semester begins August 20th! By completing this program, I will be able to pursue the animal side of what I've been doing with humans for the past two decades; physical rehabilitation. My focus will be to serve special needs animals of every kind.
I would love to have you join me for this adventure.
I'll give you the inside look at life as an older student, the incredible things I get to learn, how Charlie and I are balancing our adventures with a mobile work life, and the rigorous academic demands of Purdue.
Thank you for being here with me…with us…for this. Your support means so much and I’m extremely grateful.
Study with Stace
First Semester Starts August 20th