Meet SummerMaple: Veterinarian from Nebraska!

SummerMaple, such a fitting name for this time of year!  She now has more than 27,000 contributions since starting on the Answers.com site in 2010 and she was an AnswerThon runner up.  This very knowledgeable contributor from Nebraska is a veterinarian who works for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. She is an excellent Category Supervisor for Veterinary Medicine who truly improves the quality of information on our site.  Not only does she work in the field, but SummerMaple also raises her own steer, pigs, chickens and turkeys!  Her hobbies include cross-stitching, quilting, and doing word and logic puzzles.  Read more and get to know SummerMaple.

What is your first name? My first name is Jessica.

foodinspectionWhat is your occupation?

 I am a public health veterinarian and food safety inspector.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I found the website through a random search result a couple of years ago. I started answering some of the questions in Veterinary Medicine and have been hooked ever since.

What enticed you to join our community?

I liked having the opportunity to really connect with people and have respectful conversations back and forth about topics.  By investing time in one category, I’m able to see how others update or view my answers, and I usually end up learning more about how non-veterinarians see issues and problems.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I like to finish reviewing a page of answers in my category (Veterinary Medicine) and feel comfortable that the questions belong in the category and the answers are accurate and balanced.  It takes 2-3 weeks for me to make it through one page, but I’ve managed to clean out a lot of bad answers.  That includes: gibberish, disrespectful posts, not answering the questions, wrong or outdated information and more.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I’m getting very close to having 27,000 contributions which will make me very happy.  I also came in as a runner-up in a previous AnswerThon, which was a complete surprise.  I was just working on questions in my spare time during the AnswerThon.

Who is your favorite poet?   shel-silverstein

My favorite poet is Shel Silverstein because he has such a range of work published for young people and adults. Take a look at The Devil and Billy Markham, one of Silverstein’s books for grown-ups.

Raven3What is your favorite poem and why? 

My favorite poem is The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe because it’s such a powerful poem to hear recited aloud. A skilled orator could bring a room of teenagers on the last day before summer break to a respectful silence with this poem.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  

I view ‘the glass’ as having sufficient reserve capacity to be assured of handling the anticipated volume, mostly because I’m a government employee.

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why? babbrook

I would choose a babbling brook because I love the sound of running water and find it very soothing.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor

The hardest part to me is to find the balance between preserving credit for a good answer and merging questions that need to be merged.  I often find a really good answer to a poorly written question (bad grammar, misspellings, etc) and it’s hard to keep the author information intact for that good answer after cleaning up the question and merging it into another question.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

Outside of Answers, I spend a lot of time on PowerPets.com.

It’s a virtual pet site with the added bonus of having accurate animal and health information and a mission to support animal rescue groups with their profits.  Shameless self-promotion: if someone makes an account on PowerPets, can you put me (SummerMaple) down as the person who recommended you?  It’ll get me closer to completing a conquest on the site.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

In my professional life I tend to be very diplomatic and sensitive to others’ emotions and beliefs.  To vent my spleen after almost always being considerate, I play Diablo III and prefer the Barbarian and Monk because they are the toe-to-toe hack-and-slash characters.

Check out some of Summer Maple’s favorite answers:

Where would you buy vanilla extract to rub on a dog’s nose?

When should you put a pet to sleep?

What are the pros and cons of being a veterinarian?

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