Graduate Profile: Dr. Barbara Knust
Dr. Barbara Knust knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, but the biology curriculum and professors are what brought her to Alma College.
“The Biology Department had a great reputation, and the knowledgeable and personable professors fed my curiosity to understand how biological processes work,” the 2000 graduate says.
The pre-professional training she received educated her in various areas of cellular and molecular biology, and the liberal arts education solidified her knowledge in a cultural and historic context.
“An excellent testament to Alma's great pre-veterinary training was that within our 2004 graduating class of Michigan State's College of Veterinary Medicine, there were four Alma alumni,” she says.
After graduating from MSU, Knust worked in private practice in New York state for two years. She now attends the University of Minnesota and is working toward a master's degree in public health. Eventually, she hopes to work in veterinary public health, looking at disease control programs between animals and humans.
“The foundation I received at Alma College assists me daily, whether I am thinking about animal disease processes, educating the public about animal and human health or collaborating with a team toward a common goal,” she says.
While at Alma, Knust managed the student radio station, sang in the choir, was a Kiltie dancer and participated in chapel services.
“Alma's small size means that each student has the opportunity to be deeply involved in the campus community, and I feel that this is incredibly beneficial in the development of leadership skills,” she says. “Alma students have so many excellent opportunities available to them, they can be involved in more than just one aspect of campus life.”