DAVIS, Calif. (KTXL) – Three women studying veterinary medicine at the University of California at Davis recently discovered that they have much more in common than an interest in helping animals.

Her life is linked by a series of notable coincidences that stretch from a province in China to the UC Davis campus.

Molly Mettler, Livvy Peterson, and Jennie Furth-Jacobus are all freshmen veterinary students. They are all left-handed and played volleyball in high school. They each grew up in Southern California. In fact, Mettler and Furth-Jacobus lived in Los Angeles only 10 minutes apart. They never met until they got to UC Davis.

However, the connection between the three goes well beyond common interests or characteristics. During a conversation last semester, they found that their life stories coincide on a much deeper level.

“We just started talking and introducing ourselves and we were talking about how we were all adopted from China. And then we had to say, ‘Oh, where in China? ‘”Said Peterson. “And we were from the same province: Guangdong.”

“And that’s how we really connected,” said Furth-Jacobus.

“Then we talked more about the details,” added Mettler.

They were each abandoned as infants by their birth parents and placed in orphanages in Guangdong Province.

From there, they were all adopted by American parents through the same adoption agency. After never knowing each other, they each graduated with degrees in veterinary medicine and were accepted into UC Davis’ prestigious program.

“Like what are the odds kind of thing,” said Peterson.

“I still can’t wrap my head around it,” said Mettler.

“And then, to have us in the same class together for the first year – it’s crazy,” said Furth-Jacobus.

“In the same laboratory group too,” added Mettler.

“Oh yes, and we’re in the same lab group,” agreed Furth-Jacobus.

“Because we are divided into four different groups,” said Mettler. “So the chances of even getting into the same group are even lower.”

During a time when lectures on COVID-19 safety are being held online, the labs provide the rare space for teaching in person. And that’s how the friends really got to know each other.

“We were very grateful to have personal laboratories,” said Furth-Jacobus.

“Yeah, that’s something we definitely don’t take for granted,” added Mettler.

“Especially when we don’t really have a lot of chances to meet a lot of our classmates. So having something else that connects you deeper is another step, ”said Peterson. “Well, I think that’s really cool.”

Of course, gratitude is also on the list of things the three of them have in common. This gratitude goes to the parents who adopted them and, with an understanding heart, to the birth parents who gave them up.

“I know that they did their best and that the circumstances were really difficult,” said Furth-Jacobus.

“It’s one of those things that kind of should be,” said Peterson. “As if I were personally very happy that my American family and I ended up here in America.”

“I mean, we’re here at UC Davis, the world’s premier veterinary school. Therefore I am grateful for the sacrifices they made so that I can have a better life, ”added Furth-Jacobus.

“It is amazing that we are here together and that we have experienced that,” said Mettler.

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