Head shot of student wearing medical scrubs and face mask

Research internship at the Royal Veterinary College

Biology major Samantha supported Cardiothoracic surgery research during her summer in the south of England.

I worked with the cardiothoracic surgery team in the on-campus referral hospital of RVC. This team focus on cardiopulmonary bypass surgery in dogs, and is one of 3 teams in the world that are able to perform mitral valve repair in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD). They perform 1-2 of these complicated and specialized surgeries per week, as the rest of the week they are running clinics and treating patients for other heart conditions.

My role was to help with research on the pullout strength of sutures specifically on the papillary muscle. As this work was limited by time constraints of the veterinarians involved, I also began working on an app for clients to monitor their pet’s breathing rates and track medications, as with DMVD, monitoring breathing rates can help give clients a feeling of more control over the condition and provide the RVC vets with more data about the baseline levels of the patient.

Samantha Amey-Gonzalez
Class Of
Internship Host
Royal Veterinary College
Subject Areas
Research, Pre-Med, Veterinary School, Life Sciences
"I would not be where I am today without taking the plunge into my first MISTI experience 2 years ago. Thanks to the newly-minted MISTI-UK program, my time at MIT has come in full circle, with me solidifying my knowledge on a surgery and procedure some general veterinarians in the field have never even heard about! My undergraduate experience would have been too ‘standard’ for my taste without MISTI. I can never thank the MISTI program directors and internship hosts enough for what they have done for me as a researcher, student, and global citizen, but I will make them proud in every step of my career path"
Samantha Amey-Gonzalez

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