UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; San Diego Zoo Global
Zoological Medicine Resident
My interest in how environmental health can impact both human and animal health began when I studied Environmental Science for my B.S. at UCLA. I was able to part of several research projects, including a Field Research Quarter centered on animal behavior and conservation behavior, that helped me focus my interests on conservation medicine. After graduating from UCLA, I worked at a small animal veterinary clinic before starting veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences. Throughout school, I was lucky to have externship and internship experiences at many zoological institutions, including the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the Houston Zoo and San Diego Zoo, and participate in research projects for various species, spanning from gorillas to toads. After school, I completed a small animal rotating internship at a large private practice veterinary clinic in California, followed by a specialty internship and associate position at the Henry Doorly Omaha Zoo and Aquarium. This year, I am lucky to be the first year zoological medicine resident through UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and San Diego Zoo Global. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work on this project, and that I am able to combine my strong interest in marine mammal medicine with my passion for environmental health.