Robert Mraz

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) student
Robert is a current DVM student from the United States. He tells us what led him to undertake veterinary studies in Australia and what his experience has been like.
Vet student Robert Mraz holding an echnidna

What has been your study journey?

After a term of service in the US Navy, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry & Cell Biology at University of California, San Diego. While completing my degree I was also a zookeeper, a wildlife conservationist, and a veterinary technician. 

Why did you chose this course?

I discovered a passion for animal care and veterinary medicine when I worked with wild and domestic animal species when I was an undergraduate student.

I chose to study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine because I knew it would be challenging and because I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Sydney?

I chose to study at the University of Sydney because their values align with my own regarding lifelong learning and I found their dedication to research attractive. Also, I had always wanted to visit Australia and so I jumped at the opportunity to study at USyd when the opportunity presented itself.

What are you enjoying most about this course?

I am really enjoying studying veterinary medicine in Australia. While I liked studying in United States, I have found a new appreciation for the subtle differences in the way topics are presented and my interactions with my fellow classmates here.

Working cooperatively as a team is a strong focus at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and I am grateful to have some really wonderful teammates in veterinary education, teaching staff included.