Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part Four

Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part Four
Posted on 05/26/2021
Mara Currier

Mara Currier’s love for animals began at a young age while growing up on a farm in Arizona.

“We had goats, chickens, pigs, and even horses,” Mara said. “I enjoyed going out every morning and evening with my parents to feed them and take care of them. The bond I developed with them just continued to grow. I love how direct and pure animals are.”

In fourth grade, Mara joined the 4-H program where she had the opportunity to raise animals.

“That kind of helped solidify wanting to work with animals in the future,” Mara said. “Even at a young age, I just always felt drawn to them and saw I could handle the responsibility.”

She can also pinpoint the exact moment she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian.

“It was my first animal death where we lost a baby goat,” Mara said. “He got so sick, and the vet did everything they could. That opened my eyes to wanting to help injured and sick animals.”

Mara and her family moved to Texas when she reached sixth grade and she eventually joined the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Clear Springs High School her ninth grade year.

“I raised a lamb for FFA, but it was a lot on my plate juggling that, schoolwork and swim team,” Mara said. “I had to take a step back and reprioritize my goals, so I stopped raising animals and joined the Vet Team through FFA.”

FFA has a Veterinary Science Career Development Event where students work in teams to demonstrate their technical competency with small and large animals by completing a written exam, critical-thinking scenarios and hands-on practicums.

“Most people may think of the livestock show when they hear FFA, but there are actually a lot of different competitions you can enter that don’t involve raising an animal,” Mara said.

Mara was also involved in the coursework offered by Clear Springs for aspiring vets. In the Practicum in Veterinary Medicine program, students work alongside local veterinarians to establish fundamental skills to join the field.

“This program means the world to me and was a very big step towards my final goal,” Mara said. “You intern with a local vet your senior year, and once you have a certain number of hours there and in class, you are able to take the exam to be certified as a veterinarian assistant.”

This certification will allow her to continue working in a vet clinic throughout her undergrad coursework where she will also have more responsibility and experience.Mara

“Interning at City Animal Hospital gave me a taste of what it will be like in college and beyond,” Mara said. “I learned how to manage emergency situations and how to dead with clients, which actually turned out to be a huge part of the job.”

After graduation, Mara will attend Texas A&M in Galveston for marine biology. She then hopes to join Texas A&M’s wildlife veterinarian program.

“I would either be working at zoos or something like a park and recreation center,” said Mara, adding that her favorite animals are snow leopards and red pandas. “I love different conservation efforts and helping wild animals.”

It is rare for high school students to figure out what they want to do in life before graduation, but Mara is grateful she found her calling.

“Having this passion has really drove me to do my best and become a better version of myself so I can get to the point where I want to be,” Mara said. “I feel very fortunate.”


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