MNU Alum Olathe Veterinarian Dr. Lisa Najarian
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It didn’t take holding down a lioness during surgery for Lisa Najarian, Biology Major ’07, to be affirmed in her calling. Usually it comes just seeing a four legged passenger with its head out the window on the road. “God placed an empathy and compassion in me for animals,” says Najarian, who continued her education onto the competitive path of vet school.
Highly competitive. There are only 30 in the country. Most with small class sizes of 70 to 100 students. In fact, Najarian was wait listed her first year. So she took a job as a vet assistant/technician and applied to four schools the following year—2 accepted her! She laughs thinking of a questions from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine, “What will you do if you don’t get in?”
“I said, ‘Well, if you don’t pick me, I’ll go to Illinois.’”
They picked her. “I felt like MNU prepared me adequately for professional graduate school,” says Najarian, recognizing some students worry they’ll lose an advantage by going to a different school for undergrad, “I don’t think that’s true. They (vet schools) like variety. Several of my classmates from MNU are doctors—dentists, chiropractors, etc.—I hope we are doing Mid America proud.” Says Najarian.
As for the lioness, while at The University of Missouri, Najarian travelled to South Africa for two weeks. It was her job to hold the lioness still during surgery. When the anesthesia wore off. Twice. Yup. That happened. She also worked on rhinos, wildebeests, and cape buffalo. Now stateside at Southside Vet hospital in Olathe, her most peculiar patient has been a hairless rat.