For Dubuque native Emily Vyverberg, pharmacy is more than a profession – it’s a unique opportunity to give back to the community she was born and raised in.
After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2009, Emily moved back to her hometown of Dubuque to practice at a local family-owned drugstore, Hartig Drug. As a community pharmacist, she is responsible for dispensing medication and vaccinations and promoting health education in the community.
“I have a strong sense of pride in working for a local company that truly cares about the community it serves,” Emily says. “My patients aren’t just people that come in to see me to get their pills once a month; they are people I have grown to care about, and I am so grateful to be able to practice my profession that way.”
Emily credits her education at the University of Iowa for preparing her, both professionally and personally, to succeed as a pharmacist. “The College of Pharmacy highly motivates its students to be actively involved in the community,” she says.
“Community involvement is something that I value as I believe it is important for me to contribute personally and professionally to the community I serve.”
Emily is committed to sharing her passion for service with the community’s next generation. She has stayed involved with the University of Iowa community after graduation, assisting with admissions interviews, being a professional mentor, and serving as a preceptor for the UI College of Pharmacy as well as the state’s other pharmacy school at Drake University.