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Mathew Lucia

 Mathew Lucia
 Mathew Lucia's dog West

Supervisory Biologist
Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation

1. Why did you become a veterinarian?

I’ve always had an interest in anatomy and physiology but never had an interest in human medicine. As is the case for most people who become veterinarians, I had a natural affinity for animals at an early age. And so, my interest in working with animals and my interests in anatomy and physiology melded and focused me into pursing a career in veterinary medicine.

2. What made you want to work for CVM?

Actually, I first heard about CVM from a friend who’d also applied to work here. I was looking for a way out of clinical medicine. I had practiced for five years and was trying to find a way to still use my veterinary degree but in a way that wasn’t in a clinical setting. After hearing about CVM and then studying up on the organization through the FDA/CVM website, I decided that working here would be a perfect opportunity to still utilize my skills and experiences as a veterinarian without the pressures and stresses that come along with practicing clinical medicine.

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

I enjoy the feeling of having an impact on the approval process for the drugs used in veterinary medicine. I enjoy helping to ensure that they are safe and effective before they are marketed for use in a clinical setting.

4. What does Vet 2011 mean to you?

To be honest, I don’t actually know what the Vet 2011 initiative is. This is actually the first time I’ve heard anything about it.

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

I’d have to say it’s walking across the stage to receive my degree after finishing vet school. There were definitely highs and lows during my clinical practice years, as well as my time at CVM, but that moment, actually graduating, was the culmination of so much hard work and dedication that it felt great to finally achieve my goal.