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Because of Horses

Jan 4, 2019

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University is one of only 31 colleges of veterinary medicine in North America… and is considered by many to be one of the finest. Leading this phenomenal College is Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences — and Elise’s guest today!


Dr. Eleanor Green has many amazing accomplishments and “firsts!” She was the first woman veterinarian to be hired at Mississippi State University, the first female department head at both the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida, the first woman Dean at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and the first female President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Green is also an avid equestrian competitor, a dedicated educator, and a wonderfully generous resource for all things “horse.”


In today’s episode, Dr. Green shares her insight as both a veterinarian and Dean into what it takes to be a skilled clinician, why it’s more difficult to get into veterinary college than into medical school, and offers advice to young people – and their parents – on getting accepted into Texas A&M’s phenomenal veterinarian program.


Topics of Discussion:

[:18] About Elise’s guest today, Dr. Eleanor Green.

[:56] Dr. Green shares her insights into leading one of the most prestigious veterinarian schools in the U.S.

[2:17] Dr. Green’s inspiration and path to becoming a veterinarian.

[4:00] Dr. Green’s thoughts on what drives our passion for horses – are we born with it or does it develop throughout our lives?

[11:35] Dr. Green’s depth of experience in the horse world as an owner, a competitor, and a veterinarian, and how it translates to her interactions with students.

[13:56] With so many “firsts” throughout her career, has it felt as if she was forging new paths?

[20:54] Reflecting on her career, Dr. Green gives advice to young adults getting ready for college.

[27:33] The importance of recognizing talent and skill when we see it in others.

[30:42] Why is harder to get into a veterinarian school than into medical school?

[34:34] The typical path Dr. Green recommends students follow to maximize their success when applying to A&M’s vet school.

[37:07] Dr. Green outlines some of the top reasons that students decide to study veterinary medicine and some of the qualities that make for a great vet.

[41:00] Dr. Green shares her experience behind the scenes at the 1996 Olympics.

[46:36] About all of the roles A&M fulfills on behalf of horse owners.

[52:14] About next week’s guest of Because of Horses.

[53:39] Where to learn more about Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


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Mentioned in this Episode:

Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (

A Parent’s Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with a Horse-Loving Kid, by Elise Chand

United States Pony Club

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