Veterinary Technology Professor Inspires Students to Reach for Dreams

Sarah Lefebvre, Assistant Professor, D.V.M., has been teaching Veterinary Technology at Mount Ida College since 2010, and has quickly become an inspiration to her students. Not your typical veterinary technology professor, Lefebvre’s journey to the world of higher education came from a non-traditional route. After majoring in political science in college, Lefebvre took a few turns in the road while discovering her career path. Now, a professor in our highly respected veterinary technology program, Lefebvre inspires students to follow their dreams and never give up on their career outcomes.

Finding career pathways

After working for some time in political science, Lefebvre decided to obtain her prerequisites to apply to veterinary school. She involved herself in a variety of activities in order to meet the experience requirements of her program at Mississippi State University. Through volunteering at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in the Otto Orkin Insect Zoo in Washington, D.C., she found employment at a small animal private practice. In addition, she also found a job at a family run zoo as a zookeeper in northern Maryland. From those experiences, she had the opportunity to work with big cats, primates, reptiles, and other species of animals.

Welcoming diverse learners

As a result of Lefebvre’s motivation, she was accepted into veterinary school in 2002. The oldest female in her class at 32 years old, Lefebvre was excited to begin her new career. Because she followed her goals, her dream job became a reality when she graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and became a Mount Ida faculty member. She now teaches a variety of courses, including research, lab diagnostics, surgical nursing, anesthesiology, animal behavior, and wild-animal practice.

“I truly love teaching and am thankful to be working at Mount Ida,” added Lefebvre. “I feel that anyone can go back to school regardless of age or field of study.”