I am a final year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) student at the University of Melbourne, Australia and a graduate in Biology (Zoology) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Prior to enrolling in a DVM program, I acquired two years of field and laboratory research experience to better prepare myself for graduate education. My past research focused on the geographic variation of sexual dimorphism amongst populations of the Northern Alligator lizard (Elgaria coerulea). I have presented my research at 8 conferences across the United States and in Costa Rica.
In 2014, I completed a research internship with Duke University and the Organization for Tropical Studies at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. My time in the tropics was spent researching the social organization of the Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso), as well as determining if the bats exhibit individual signatures in their echolocation calls, and performing playback experiments using these calls. This work was published in Royal Science. I have developed a passion for Conservation Biology, given the great challenges humanity faces in terms of habitat destruction and loss of biological diversity, as well as the effects of climate change in further facilitating negative human impacts on the Biosphere.
During vet school, I participated in the Gippsland Indigenous Community Animal Project (GIAHP) for which, I was part of a team providing free veterinary care to the companion animals within the Indigenous community of Victoria, Australia. The project includes de-sexing and neutering, parasite control and general health checks of community pets. Providing veterinary care to these communities plays a critical role in the health of animals, humans, and even the environment.
I have completed both pre-clinical and clinical placements in small animal, large animals, and exotic animal fields and for the past year, I have worked as a veterinary nurse at a bird and exotic animal clinic. I recently started a new part-time position as a nursing assistant in a bustling veterinary emergency centre.