How a Veterinary Student Views the World with a Camera Lens

April 19, 2024
Purple Gallinule on the lookout taken at Circle B Bar Reserve, Florida

Celebrate the natural beauty of our world with Hope Bartlin, an Adtalem student and award-winning wildlife photographer. See some of her best photos.

As far back as she can remember, Hope Bartlin has been pursuing two innate passions—animals and photography.

One she is near achieving as a third-year veterinary student at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. As a wildlife photographer, Bartlin is gaining notoriety for her stunning work capturing animals and the natural beauty of Earth.

In March, she was named winner of the Florida State Parks annual photo contest. Her winning submission was taken at Hillsborough River State Park just outside Tampa. You can view the photo, called It Never Ceases, below, along with a selection of Bartlin’s favorite photos. Click each card for the full image.

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“Hillsborough River State Park is one of my most loved parks in Florida, and I’ve spent just as many days there in the rain as I have in the sunshine,” Bartlin shared via Florida State Parks’ contest site. “This particular day was relatively overcast and not the best time of day for wildlife, but the river was almost the clearest I've ever seen it. I wanted to try and capture the flow of the water, and being that it was darker out it was the perfect occasion to just sit with a slow shutter and let my lens drink it all in.”

One Health and the Shared Depth of Humanity, Animals, and Nature 

a headshot of Hope Bartlin
Photography makes you slow down and notice the little things. When you’re behind a camera, you stop and see all the things around you. You might not notice an insect crawling on a flower, but when you take a picture, you can see the depth of life. When you look closer, you see everything that’s happening. 

Bartlin believes photography can be a demonstration of all that is interconnected between our environment, animals, and humans. It’s a concept called One Health, that the interconnectivity of our world and its collection of inhabited species are co-dependent, and the best health outcomes for all are achieved through collaboration between veterinarians, healthcare professionals, environmentalists, and policymakers.

“If we can show people the many different levels of natural environment, we will see how equally important they are to each other. Everything has a place and a purpose.”

RUSVM’s MSc in One Health online degree equips students with the knowledge, research skills and experience in topics relevant to the broad field of One Health.

The recognition she’s received has offered Bartlin an opportunity to advocate for preserving natural spaces. In an interview with Axios, she said: “Not just in Florida, but everywhere, we are losing the wild places to housing and commercial buildings. I hope that one day we might learn to live with nature and not against her and protect all the unique species that call this planet home.”

Impact for Animals Where It’s Needed

Bartlin is on track to graduate from RUSVM in 2025, after which she intends to begin her career as an equine veterinarian.

She began riding horses at a young age and competed in equestrian events throughout her childhood. In her riding career, she was already observant of the lack of access to quality care for horses, and equine practice is a field struggling to recruit new veterinarians. According to a 2022 study by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, only 1.3% of new veterinary graduates directly enter equine practice. 

Hope Bartlin with a horse
We don’t have the workforce in equine medicine to cover everyone. I especially want to help fill that void. Throughout my schooling, I’ve been so focused on this being my path.”  

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