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Cami Glaff ‘15: An Equine Healthcare Professional Who Never Stops Learning

Written by Erika Ikeda

By Erika Ikeda ’21 Advancement Office Intern

Alumna Camille “Cami” Glaff currently works as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) manager at Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, Florida. Cami graduated from St. Andrews University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a specialization in Equine Science. Palm Beach Equine Clinic recently featured her in their blog (Click here to read the article on the PBEC’s official blog).

Cami grew up riding horses, and she turned her love for horses into her career. Her time at St. Andrews was paramount to opening up her journey and propelling her success in the equine industry. 

The St. Andrews Equestrian Program brought Cami to Laurinburg, NC. When choosing a degree program, she decided to combine two different academic fields: Business Management and Equine Science studies. She said, “The Business Management degree with a focus on Equine Science was appealing to me because the business aspect would be great to understand whatever field I went into, while Equine Studies allowed me to explore my passion for horses.”

After spending the first post-graduation year as a groom and rider traveling the show circuit, Cami discovered her strong passion for the equine industry’s medical aspect and started her job as an MRI technician at the Palm Beach Equine Clinic in 2016. Her experiences at St. Andrews were a significant influence and motivation in her transition to her career. “While at St. Andrews, I had the opportunity to be a student intern in the pre-Veterinary Science Program with Dr. Laura Kellam, the resident Veterinarian for the Equestrian Program. This allowed me to get hands-on experience with the medical treatments the horses received and have a better understanding of what goes on to give a horse all of the care they need. Classes such as Horse Science, Pharmacology, Equine Nutrition, and Orthopedic Lameness helped me explore all that horses need to be at peak performance. I have been able to apply that knowledge in my career at the PBEC. At the time, I did not realize how invaluable those experiences would be for me. So I feel even more grateful for them now.”

Cami said that the Equestrian program defined her time at St. Andrews: “I spent countless hours at the barn taking lessons, hacking in the field, taking classes, prepping for horse shows, and just soaking up all the horse time I could. I made genuine lifelong friends there that have been with me through all of the highs and lows of life. I also fell in love with so many of the horses there and was able to adopt my beloved horse, Profound, from St. Andrews once he was ready to be retired.”

Cami competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association during her time at St. Andrews, which further enriched her equine life. She said, “There are countless horse shows that were memorable for me for different reasons. I was the Hunter Seat Show Chair for three years, and I put so much time and energy into each home show. It was incredibly rewarding working with everyone and satisfying when the events ran successfully. I also loved all of my experiences at IHSA Nationals, including my sophomore year when I was Reserve National Champion in Novice over Fences.”

                                      
(Cami and Profound at SAU, before she adopted him)                                                                                   (Cami riding in the 2015 Zone Finals at Goucher College)

Business management studies at St. Andrews prepared Cami for her current managerial role. “I’ve been the MRI Manager for approximately four years; it is hard work but also very rewarding. Managing the MRI lab involves coordinating schedules, everyday logistics, customer relations- all of which I learned about during my time at St. Andrews.”

On the clinical front, Cami has turned equine science studies into practical and professional use. She said, “My studies in college helped me to learn the horse’s anatomy and physiology. Performing an MRI of a horse requires knowledge of the distal limb of the horse (Carpus/knee & Tarsus/hock and below).”

Her job at the PBEC has been filled with new delights and challenges. Cami said, “Working at the clinic has been very rewarding because I am working with horses that are lame to varying degrees and aren’t at their peak performance. When a horse gets an MRI, it enables the vet to treat the horse and its injury better. Knowing that I, in a small part, can make a difference in the horse’s future is something that I find rewarding. Every day presents a new challenge. Each horse that I encounter has a different temperament and quirks. It is my job to learn each horse and acquire quality images.”

Cami said that she plans to continue working at the PBEC with a passion for growing and learning every day. Her diligence developed from her consistent dedication to competitive riding experiences and academic pursuits. 

Cami shared her encouraging message for those who aim to work in the equine science industry: “It seems cliche but work hard and never stop learning. Horses teach me something new every day. Surround yourself with people who you aspire to be like and soak up everything you can. Working with horses can be incredibly challenging, but it is also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”