VET-MADRINA

Dr. Carmen Fuentealba

Dean, Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine, Brookville, NY | DVM 1978, Universidad Austral de Chile | MSc (Animal Pathology) 1981, Universidad de Chile | PhD (Veterinary Pathology) 1988, University of Liverpool | Fellow Association of Medical Educators of Europe

My Story

I always loved animals, liked sciences and enjoyed learning. There wasn’t a time growing up when we didn’t have a dog. My home town had one of the two Veterinary Programs in the country (Chile).

My Struggles

I did not struggle. I was lucky to have a full academic scholarship and had good grades.

My Heroes

My parents had incredible work-ethics and both had a passion to help others. My mom was a nurse practitioner devoted to her patients. My dad was a life-long learner, a union leader and he frequently volunteered organizing events for non-profit organizations. My brother is an example of persistence. He struggled with dyslexia at a time when there wasn’t a clear understanding of how to support students with learning disabilities. He never gave up and successfully completed double university degrees in electric and civil engineering.

My Typical Day

Resolving a variety of problems, looking for collaborations, connecting people.

My Stressors

Balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders, not enough hours in the day ‘to extinguish all the fires”. I manage stressors by prioritizing solutions and finding time to disconnect (read, knit, watch home renovation programs!)

My Why

My goal is to be helpful. I am privileged to be in a position that allows me to mentor students and young professionals. I love solving problems.

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