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Patient • Kind • Passionate

Her Story

Sydney Topfer

Sydney's Story :

This is it, the moment i’ve been waiting for my entire life… first year of university! For me, university is the official beginning of my path to becoming a veterinarian. This has been a goal
of mine for as long as I can remember, yet never in a million years did I think I would be eagerly awaiting my first lecture to begin while sitting at the desk in my room.

If you had told me that my dream of attending the University of Guelph would begin with me stuck at home during a pandemic, I wouldn’t believe you. However, in this moment now, I can
confidently say that I am ready to begin this chapter of my life because experiences like these are exactly why I am able to be thrown into situations and still thrive even when everything seems to
be crazy on the outside.

My parents always raised me to be involved with whatever I could in the community. Whether it was competing in gymnastics, playing rep basketball, volunteering with a wildlife centre,
organizing fundraisers, supporting local food banks or showing horses. I have always tried my best to be involved and support those around me.

My passion extends far beyond helping people, but to also helping the environment and the animals that we share it with. As an aspiring veterinarian, it is clear that I love animals. I have owned almost every animal possible: dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, rats, lizards, fish, you name it! Because of this, I have learned just how much of an impact an animal can have on
someone’s life, in more ways than just being cute and cuddly.

When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. As an active and busy kid, I never understood exactly how I was diagnosed with a disease that would affect my ability to do everything I have ever known to do! Horseback riding has always been important to me, but the inflammation in my joints got to the point where I had to stop riding. However, when I was able to get back on a horse, riding helped me gain back strength in by wrists and ankles. Since then, I have been volunteering with a therapy horseback riding program which allows mentally and physically challenged youth and adults with a way to improve their self-confidence and physical wellbeing. Seeing the positive impact that animals have on people is just one of the many reasons I am working towards becoming a veterinarian!

Throughout my life I have learned that things will never be the way you expect it to be. Whether it is a life changing event or simply something doesn’t go the way you expected it, we must learn
to adapt and grow from it. Although I wake up with stiff knees and attend my classes through zoom meetings, I know that right now I am achieving my dreams. No matter what you want to be
or where you want to go, I encourage you to do it with passion and you’ll always find a way.