Veterinary Nursing Program Enables Student Gwen White to “Go the Distance” with New Career

Written by: Madeline Brod
Published on: Apr 28, 2022

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An accomplished career is something that Gwen White, of Greenwood, Ind., already had when she chose to begin a new chapter in her life by enrolling in the Purdue University Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program.  Her story provides a compelling illustration of how distance learning not only opened the door for her to explore conservation connections to veterinary medicine, but also paved the way for the veterinary medical profession to gain a new member with a breadth of professional experience, linked to a deep passion for making a difference in the lives of others.

Gwen enrolled in the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program (VNDL) in 2016.  As is customary for many distance learning students, she added these studies to an already full schedule.  Today she is completing the clinical portion of the program while working as an adjunct biology professor at the O’Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and teaching Diversity of Life at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.

Gwen grew up in small towns in Kansas and Colorado, where seeds of curiosity were planted in her young mind, motivating her to see the world as soon as she was able. During high school, she acted on that desire, spending two summers in Brazil and Mexico before taking a college semester to serve in a refugee camp in Honduras, where she discovered a deep desire to learn more about cultures around the world.

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