2018-07-06 / Front Page

Interns receiving Maine education

By Abigail Worthing Staff Writer


Micheala Ramsey, left, and Lisa Murimi are aspiring large animal veterinarians studying horses at Ever After Mustang Rescue on West Street in Biddeford. They are pictured with Jazz, a 19-year-old gelding, who is blind. (Abigail Worthing photo) Micheala Ramsey, left, and Lisa Murimi are aspiring large animal veterinarians studying horses at Ever After Mustang Rescue on West Street in Biddeford. They are pictured with Jazz, a 19-year-old gelding, who is blind. (Abigail Worthing photo) Two students are spending the summer furthering their veterinary education at Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford. Lisa Murimi and Micheala Ramsey are both studying at their respective colleges to be large animal veterinarians, and will get to work firsthand with the horses.

Murimi is a 20-year-old student of veterinary medicine at the University of Colorado, but hails from Nairobi, Kenya. In Kenya, Murimi has been working with exotic animals and hopes to one day work in conservation in Africa. She doesn’t hesitate when asked what her favorite animal has been to work with.

“I love the lions. They’re amazing to work with,” Murimi said.

Daughter of Caroline Murimi, an environmental lawyer and wildlife conservationist, Murimi has been around exotic animals since she was young, and can tell stories about seeing rhinoceroses as a child. She said she is enjoying working with horses, specifically learning the stories behind each one. Ever After Mustang Rescue rehabilitates mustangs for adoption. Some have been traumatized and abused, and the team at the farm works with the horses to acclimate them to a healthy environment. She is staying with Ever After Mustang Rescue owner, Mona Jerome, and wants to learn as much as possible from her.

“She just has so much information to share. Every day I’m learning,” Murimi said.

Ramsey is a student at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, majoring in biology and pre-veterinary studies. To become a veterinarian, one needs to complete an undergraduate education and between three and four years of clinical studies.

“This is such a positive learning environment. I’m not just learning about horses, I’m learning about running a barn,” Ramsey said. “I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been learning toward larger animals. I’ve worked with cattle and goats, but this is my first time with horses.”

Ramsey grew up in Maine and calls Poland Spring home. Ramsey is 19, but will be 20 in a couple weeks. Coincidentally, her birthday falls two days before Murimi’s.

In their spare time, the two girls have explored southern Maine together, recently enjoying a day trip to Kennebunkport. Next they plan to venture to Ogunquit.

While Murimi loves Maine, she does have one qualm.

“The water is freezing,” she said.

Ramsey is staying with congressional candidate Marty Grohman and his family, and will work at Ever After Mustang Rescue until Aug. 11. Murimi will be with the rescue for two more weeks before returning to Fort Collins, Colorado.

Jerome has a long history of inviting students, usually local, to the rescue to learn, and only takes two at a time. While other farms have bunkhouses for interns and students, those studying at Ever After Mustang Rescue usually share a room in Jerome’s home. Ramsey and Murimi are the youngest students to study at the rescue.

“Neither of the girls has worked with horses before,” Jerome said. “They’re here to work and learn.”

When asked what their favorite part of the experience has been, both answered with a resounding “the horses.”

“They’re so beautiful and sweet,” Ramsey said.

Both students will be present at the Ever After Mustang Rescue annual open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7 where they will speak about their experiences at the farm.

The event is open to the public and will feature games, door prizes, tours of the farm, demonstrations and photo opportunities with the horses. Those wishing to donate to the rescue can do so at www.mustangrescue.org.

Contact Staff Writer Abigail Worthing at news@inthecourier.com.

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