Meet the Class of 2023: Christine Qui

Christine in the teaching hospital happily holding a large lizard.

After graduation this May, fourth-year veterinary student Christine Qui is headed back to the mountains for an Emergency Clinician Mentorship Program at MedVet in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“I’ve always known I wanted to work with animals, and I love problem-solving and medicine, so veterinary medicine allows me to combine all of those interests,” Christine said.

Born and raised in New York City, Christine was not able to have pets at home due to her mom’s allergies, but she always searched for opportunities to work with animals.

“Throughout high school, I volunteered at a local riding center, cleaning stalls and assisting with their therapeutic riding program, GallopNYC,” she said. “It was incredible, helping the students learn about horsemanship and gain confidence around horses.”

Christine has been an avid rock climber for the past eight years, even teaching introductory courses and helping fellow climbers achieve their personal goals.

“Over the years, I’ve met a lot of folks in the veterinary and medical field that also love climbing,” she said. “It’s essentially like solving a large-scale puzzle, getting to the top of a climb is incredibly rewarding.”

Christine’s bucket list climbs include Namaste Wall in Zion National Park and Goat Wall in Mazama, Washington.

Fun Fact: Christine went to the Youth Club Nationals for ultimate frisbee while she was in high school.