Sarah Nokes

Pursuing her DVM

Sarah Nokes's Story

Sarah Nokes has begun her journey to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine, enrolling at Iowa State University. While studying at Monmouth, she said she had no intention of entering veterinary medicine, but she eventually realized her passion was rooted in her love for animals and began pursuing a career in wildlife research and management.

“After several years of working in wildlife, I found I was more interested in the biological aspects of the research, as well as the public health concerns,” said Nokes. “I began working at an animal hospital and started the long application process for veterinary school.”

Despite being a full-time student, Nokes gets to enjoy a little hands-on time with furry creatures, working 10 hours a week as a veterinary assistant at the small animal ICU on Iowa State's campus.

While looking ahead to a rewarding professional career, Nokes also enjoys looking back at her time at Monmouth College.

“For me, the best part of my education at Monmouth was the small class sizes and the close relationships I developed with professors and my peers,” said Nokes. “Overall, my experience at Monmouth made me a more confident and resourceful person.”

After completing her degree in veterinary medicine, Nokes plans to obtain her master's degree in public health. She then hopes to incorporate wildlife management and public health by working on zoonotic diseases and transmission.

  • Dream job
    Nokes's ultimate goal is to pursue a position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Now THAT's a field trip
    One of Nokes's academic experiences at Monmouth was a wilderness field course that involved intense hiking and backpacking into the Grand Canyon.
For me, the best part of my education at Monmouth was the small class sizes and the close relationships I developed with professors and my peers.


Sarah Nokes ’09
Major: Biology