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Taking the Reins

Sara Brooks with horse.
Sara Brooks, Eller MBA '13, examines a horse
participating in an endurance ride. The rides
are between 25 and 100 miles, and the horses
are examined from three to eight times by
veterinarianss to ensure they can continue to

Sara Brooks
Eller MBA '13

By Liz Warren-Pederson

Sara Brooks, a first-year Eller MBA student, comes to the program with a well-defined skillset. The Maryland native graduated from veterinary school at Colorado State University in 2007.

“I realized that while I could do an excellent job diagnosing and treating, I did not know how to run a business,” she said. “The timing worked out for me to take a few years off of practice while I pursued my MBA.”

Brooks is not new to Tucson; her family moved during her sophomore year in high school and she graduated from University High. She completed her undergraduate degrees in animal science and microbiology at Colorado State before entering the veterinary program. She and her husband returned to Tucson after her graduation.

Just a week in to the formal start of classes, she said, “So far everything has been different from my undergrad and vet school experiences.” Brooks said that she had almost no exposure to business topics during her those years. “My last and only economics class was in high school,” she said. “I’m starting with almost no background in any of the classes, but so far everyone has been very supportive and the classes interesting as I try to apply whatever I learn to my goal.”

That goal is to launch her own equine veterinary practice. “I loved what I did in my veterinary work, I just realized that I needed to work for myself.” 

Between her first and second years in the program, she aims to find a general management internship. “I want to better understand how a good business is run,” she said.

In the meantime, she and her husband stay active with road cycling. “Last year we completed the full 109 miles of El Tour de Tucson,” she said.

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