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Joseph Seta, Class of 2013

Posted: 7/12/2019

We catch up with Class of 2013 alumnus Joseph Seta, who just entered his first year at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

How did your experience at Holy Spirit Prep help form you into the person you are today?
I took a lot of challenging classes at Holy Spirit Prep because I knew I would need them in order to get into UGA. The rigor of my Holy Spirit Prep course load helped to shape my work ethic and my determination. Playing soccer and running cross country at Holy Spirit Prep taught me to push myself at practice in order to perform better at the game. No pain – no gain. I try to follow that philosophy when studying for my exams, and I find that it helps.

My favorite memories are the times I spent with my friends, especially the senior trip to Rome. I have a close group of friends from Holy Spirit Prep, and we have stayed connected by getting together at the lake during the summer, getting together during Christmas break, and sometimes during football weekends. Andrew Tyner was one of my first friends when I started school at Holy Spirit Prep in the 6th grade, and he is still one of my best friends today.

Was there a specific experience or particular teacher at Holy Spirit Prep who kindled a desire in you to go into your field of choice?
I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I toured the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in the 4th grade, and I have been focused on that goal ever since then. I knew I had a tough road ahead, but Dr. Deen encouraged me to work hard and pursue my dream. He praised me for my late afternoons in the library and made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to do. He inspired me to believe in myself and to push myself. Mr. Moscona also had a strong positive influence on my development as a student and as a person.

I majored in Animal Science and Dairy Science at UGA. I worked milking cows at the UGA Dairy, and I was an active member of the Dairy Science Club. I also went on five study abroad trips to Costa Rica (twice), Scotland, Uruguay and France. Those trips were highlights of my undergraduate experience both academically and socially, as I gained new perspectives on issues of agriculture, learned about global sustainability, enjoyed local foods, and made new friends. 
I strongly encourage college students to study abroad!

Editor’s note: Joseph received many awards during his undergraduate studies: Dean’s List, Zell Miller Scholarship, Jim Andrews Foundation International Scholarship, Henry Trussell, Jr. Scholarship, and Presidential Scholar.

I will always remember when I was accepted to UGA’s vet school. I went back to the College of Veterinary Medicine sign and took a picture in that same place where I stood for a picture when I was in the fourth grade. It felt good.

Joseph in 4th grade

Joseph upon acceptance to vet school

What are your plans for the future?
I hope to serve God and others by caring for both companion animals and farm animals in areas of Georgia where there is a shortage of veterinarians. That’s my plan for the future: to survive vet school and graduate, then go to work in an area of Georgia where they are in desperate need of a veterinarian, especially for farm animals.

Vet school is intense! My current course load includes Large Animal Anatomy, Immunology, Virology, Neuro Anatomy, Emergency Critical Care, and a few others. I chose this field because it has been my passion since I was a very young child. I guess you could say it is a calling.

What else should we know about you?
I play intramural soccer and volleyball at UGA, and I enjoy going to the gym when I have time. I have a dog named Caesar and a cat named Monty.

Joseph Seta graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Animal Science and in Dairy Science. He currently lives in Athens, Georgia, while studying at UGA’s School of Veterinary Medicine.