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Mitchell Troutman, Class of 1998

Job title: Research pathologist, W.L. Gore and Associates

Describe your current position and what led to your job.

Gross and microscopic analysis of prototype device studies for diverse cardiovascular and soft tissue applications.

Describe job opportunity trends in your industry. What does the future look like for your industry?

The medical device industry employees veterinarians as attending veterinarians (taking care of the laboratory animals), surgical veterinarians (surgical implants and endovascular interventionists), pathologists, study directors, and other management positions (chief scientific officer).

What advice would you offer alumni/students looking for a job in your field?

If you have an interest in bioengineering, then the medical device industry might be a good fit.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Don’t be afraid to let your career go in unexpected directions.

Share one “do” or “don’t” that you have learned regarding resumes, interviewing, networking or job searching tactics.

Always research the company that you are interviewing with and know as much as you can about it. This knowledge will always shine through in the interview and demonstrate your interest in the job opportunity.

Anything else you would like to add?

Diplomate status in a veterinary specialty will greatly increase your odds of landing a job and greatly increase your pay.