I am a perpetual learner most interested in science, animals, and the environment. I attended undergraduate at Virginia Tech, where I obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees - one in Animal and Poultry Sciences and the other in Agriculture and Applied Economics. In 2013, I also completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Oklahoma State University. After vet school, I completed a one year small animal emergency, medicine, and surgery rotating internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island and then another one year internship in avian and exotic medicine at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. As part of these internship, I get to spend time treating client owned pets, local wildlife, and zoo animals. Currently, I am pursing a veterinary residency in avian medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics in Bedford Hills, New York. In this position, I treat client owned animals ranging from birds to small mammals to reptiles. We also work with many of the local wildlife rehabilitators to treat injuried wildlife.
The mission of my Wild Gift project - Loons and People – was to develop wildlife conservation guidelines that will protect and enhance common loon habitat on Adirondack Lakes in New York State. I collaborated with Biodiversity Research Institute's Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation and New York’s Adirondack Park Agency to write “Loons and People: Guidelines for ‘Nesting’ Together on Adirondack Lakes”, which is available in formal treatise, brochure, and PDF Form. These guidelines serve as a valuable educational and management resource to help protect common loons and enhance their breeding habitat in northern New York and throughout their summer range. By increasing awareness and knowledge of common loon behavior and breeding habitat, the guidelines provide an informed basis for sustainable development and human stewardship of lakeshores, while strengthening the coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to the conservation of this symbol of the wilderness. There continues to be interest in these guidelines throughout the Adirondack Park, as well as in neighboring states such as Vermont and New Hampshire. My hope is that these guidelines continue to be utilized and distributed throughout all of the common loons' breeding range.