November 2020 – Undergraduate

David Donovan November 2020 SOTM

David Donovan

Leupp, Arizona
Navajo Nation
WFU, SPGSF – Undergraduate

University of Colorado Denver

GPA: 3.7

Community Service

  • University of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine, volunteer, Aurora, CO. August 16, 2020.
  • Practiced emergency medicine techniques for student online video platform.
  • Indigenous Summer Enhancement Program guest speaker via zoom, Diné College, Tsaile, AZ. June 26, 2020.
  • Genome Science and Leadership Workshop teaching assistant, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO. June 2019.
  • American Indian Stress and Health Study Community Advisory Council volunteer. Denver, CO. September 2018-Present.
  • National Society of Leadership and Success, volunteer and participant, Littleton, CO. January 2018-2019, Denver, CO. June 2020-Present.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference volunteer, Denver, CO. September 2017.
  • Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce gala volunteer, Denver, CO. November 2016.
  • Presented numerous times before aspiring and current veterinary technician students, Denver, CO. 2015-present.
  • Teaching and mentoring at Littleton Equine Medical Center, Littleton, CO. September 2015-present.

Short Bio

David Donovan is Diné. He grew up in a small border town on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, living in a small two-bedroom home with no running water or sometimes no electricity. He lived there with his two younger sisters and parents. Growing up, David lived on a ranch taking care of horses, chickens, and many other animals. While in high school, he woke up every morning at 5 AM to feed the animals, ready himself for classes and travel 40 miles to school. Once he graduated from high school, David started my college career as a first-generation student. He struggled in his first year trying to search for an academic goal or career path. Eventually he stumbled on his passion for science courses. David said he was not sure why he was intrigued by these courses, but he was able to truly appreciate the intricate details of how plants, humans and animals function. Eventually, David decided to pursue my passion in life: studying science but applying my knowledge to help animals.

In 2015, David obtained his Veterinary Technician degree. This helped solidify his desire to be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Now, David am a full-time student finishing my Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Colorado Denver. He will be the first of his siblings to obtain a Bachelor’s degree and soon obtain a professional degree. David said his hope is to be a practicing rural large and small animal medicine at home on the Navajo reservation.