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Sanja Modric

 Sonja Modric
 Sanja Modric

Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer
Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation


1. Why did you become a veterinarian?

I became a veterinarian because I’ve always loved animals and wanted to protect their health and well-being. I have an utmost respect for all animals, great and small. I felt that by becoming a veterinarian, I would - in small part - be able to help them live better.

When I decided to continue my education beyond veterinary school, I decided to go into veterinary pharmacology research because I wanted to increase the knowledge about and availability of veterinary drugs for animals.

2. What made you want to work for CVM?

Instead of treating and helping one animal at a time, I feel that by approving safe and effective new animal drugs, one can have a wider and more positive impact on the veterinary profession as a whole.

I love being a part of an organization whose mission is the protection of human AND animal health. Both are equally important to me personally, and I enjoy knowing that my every-day work is improving the lives of people, pets, and food animals. Even though I decided to become a vegetarian many years ago, I enjoy working on drugs for food animals because I feel that this is my personal attempt to make their lives better.

3. What is the best thing about being a veterinarian for CVM?

Knowing that you have an impact on animal and human health and that your scientific opinion and expertise counts and is valuable. After experiencing academia and private industry, I LOVE the camaraderie, relaxed and caring atmosphere, and friendship that I have with all my colleagues at CVM. Finally, I love being able to take time off (and not being judged on it) for all my family members, including the four-legged ones.

4. What does Vet 2011 mean to you?

I’m not familiar with it.

5. What is your most memorable moment as a veterinarian?

When I learned that a drug that I was working on for my PhD thesis was approved by FDA based on my own research.