I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) 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.
After obtaining my bachelor's degree, 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.
I have completed both pre-clinical and clinical placements in small animal, large and exotic animals. Over the past 2 years, I have worked as a veterinary nurse and veterinary assistant at a bird and exotic animal clinic and a small animal emergency centre respectively. I recently finished my DVM degree and I am looking forward to be starting a new graduate position in 2021.