Harrogate, Tennessee, Feb. 12, 2019 – The first day of veterinary school is a time to meet new people and get started planning your future career, but for some students like Charlotte Talbert and Daniel Kish, third-year veterinary students at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine, it may just be the beginning of a lifetime of together.
“Neither one of us came to school with any other plans but to be the best veterinary students that we could possibly be,” said Talbert. “LMU has been a blessing to the both of us and the College of Veterinary Medicine has made our dreams come true in more ways than one.”
During the first day of orientation at LMU-CVM, Kish, being the gentleman he was, opened the door for Talbert as she walked into the Hamilton Math and Science Building on the main LMU campus.
“It is funny to think that we don’t exactly have the same recollection of when we first met but I can recall the first time I saw Daniel,” said Talbert. “He was so handsome and had a smile that could change your day.”
They each had their own group of friends at orientation, and it was not until a few weeks into school that they became very good friends. With a plan to focus on school Talbert was intent on not dating and tried to set Kish up with a friend. But her efforts didn’t last long, and they were crazy for each other by the White Coat Ceremony that October.
Dating while in veterinary school Talbert said, “Is not what most would consider a normal dating life.”
Talbert and Kish are different in many ways but they view their professional career goals, family, friendships and relationship the same way. Their mentors have told them no matter what differences they have, to always make big decisions together. The two believe that is one of the things that helps them manage the busy life of veterinary school.
“As you can imagine, most of our life is taken up by school and studying. We do not always have a lot of free time, but we make sure to capitalize on the little things and always find something to laugh about,” said Talbert. “While the curriculum is demanding, there is always room for fun with the two of us.”
The couple makes time for each other over dinners, playing with their dogs and taking trips together. Their favorite trip was a recent trip to Alaska where they drove around the Denali National Park and searched for the best fishing spots for Alaskan salmon. It was on this trip that Kish proposed to Talbert on the mountainside in the Denali National Park.
“I was hanging out on the side of the road taking in the view and trying to scope out some wildlife, enjoying a nice cold Alaskan beer and I hear, ‘Charlotte.’ There he was on one knee,” said Talbert. “I said, ‘Are you kidding?’ and we both laughed.”
The couple celebrated by visiting sled dogs, fishing, eating fresh crab and walking on the beach at midnight with the sun still visible.
Their wedding date is set for Sept. 12, 2020, following their graduation from LMU-CVM.
“It is hard to believe that just in a year and a half we will be having our dream wedding at a beautiful ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, looking out at the Teton Mountains,” said Talbert. “To think of all of the things we have to accomplish during that time makes it seems so much farther away, but we couldn’t think of doing it with any other partner. And for our relationship, we have LMU-CVM to thank.”
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.