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which meant working side
by side with professional
researchers. Next, he received
an AISES travel scholarship to
present his research at the 2014
AISES National Conference in
Orlando, Fla.
And he never forgot a
meeting he had in 2012 at his
first AISES National Conference with Dr. Edward Monroe
of the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary
Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med).
"We talked about all the things
I could possibly do in veterinary medicine," he says. "It
opened my eyes and led to my
aggressively pursuing acceptance into veterinary college."
In part, that meant earning
the grades required. And
Culver would not be denied:
his academic turnaround was
so dramatic that his senior year
at Humboldt was fully funded
by scholarships and stipends.
He applied to VA-MD Vet Med,
interviewed, and was accepted.
Since graduating from
Humboldt in 2015, he's been

with his brother, who's now
pursuing the same degree
Culver earned at Humboldt.
Shorter term, Culver plans to
pursue a direct commission in
the U.S. Army Veterinary
Corps, where veterinarians do
everything from treating
military animals to inspecting
food and carrying out health
and humanitarian missions.
Already this past summer, he
participated in a veterinary
externship at the U.S. Army
Medical Research Institute of
Infectious Diseases.
And Culver has another
goal. "I want to help Native
youth interested in veterinary
school," he says. "I would like
to guide them through the
same kinds of challenges I
faced, and help them avoid
some pitfalls. There's a
relatively low percentage of
Native American vets and not
many pathway programs,
compared to human medicine.
It gets so much easier when
you have someone who's been
down a similar path."

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"I want to help Native youth
interested in veterinary school.
I would like to guide them
through the same kinds of
challenges I faced, and help
them avoid some pitfalls."
on the VA-MD Vet Med Public/
Corporate track, which covers
some of the less conventional
aspects of veterinary practice
- including public health,
disease control, and food
safety. In addition, he now
serves on his school's Diversity
Committee - along with his
mentor, Dr. Monroe.
As he begins his third year
of study, Culver is on track for
graduating in 2019 with
doctor of veterinary medicine
and master of public health
degrees. Longer term, he hopes
to open a wildlife sanctuary
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A support network has
been an important factor in
Culver's success so far, and he
encourages other students to
find their own anchor. "It's a
little wild to look back at how
it all came together, from a
part-time job to a career," he
adds. "I don't think anyone
gets to this level of education
without an immense base of
support. I want students out
there to know that there's so
much they can accomplish.
And there are people who will
be there to help you succeed."
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