CURRICULUM VITAE

SKILLS

The ability to conduct scientific research in a laboratory and field setting.  Advanced written and oral communication skills, demonstrated by communicating with clients, colleagues, and other professionals. Veterinary Nurse and veterinary student placement experience. Science interpretation skills reflected in my ability to convey complex ideals to an audience. 

EDUCATION

December 2020

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia 

December 2014

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Zoology) 

California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, CA, USA

August 2010 – June 2011

Spanish language and literature

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

VETERINARY WORK EXPERIENCE

January  2020 - Present

Veterinarian, RSPCA Victoria, Australia.

Providing high quality veterinary care to all sick and injured animals including shelter and private clinic patients, which involves facilitating veterinary consults for private clinic patients, desexing pre-adoption shelter animals and providing veterinary services to Inspectorate animals which have been subject to acts of cruelty.

March  2021 - Present

Veterinary Volunteer, Pets in the Park Organisation, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 

Providing free veterinary consultation services and treatments to pets of people who are experiencing homelessness. 

April 2020 - December 2020

Veterinary Nursing Assistant, Advance Vetcare, Kensington, VIC, Australia.

Recording animal health status, keeping cages clean and sanitized, animal handling during medical procedures, walking and feeding animals, setting up fluid therapy and administering medications.

January 2017 - November 2020

Veterinary Nurse Volunteer, Pets in the Park Organisation, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 

Record keeping, assist veterinarians during examinations, consults, and treatments, TPR, and administering medications. 

February 2019 - October 2020

Veterinary Nurse, Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic, Williamstown, VIC, Australia.

Administration of drugs, anaesthetics and injections in exotic animal species, preparing animals for surgery, holding and monitoring animals during operations, maintaining, sterilising and laying out surgical equipment, completing diagnostic tests, preparing and sending laboratory samples, taking radiographs, client education, reception and record keeping. 

January 2019 - December 2019

Australian Veterinary Association Student Webinar Host.

Hosting veterinary webinars using Zoom technology, introducing speakers, and assisting viewers. 

VETERINARY WORK PLACEMENTS AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 

January 2020 - November 2020

Fenruary 2020 & January 2019

January 2020

September 2017

September 2012 - June 2014

Fall 2013

Veterinary Clinical Rotations. UVet Animal Hospital, Werribee, Australia. Rotations included: Anaesthesia, Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Equine General Practice, Equine Referral Practice, Production Animal Practice, Radiology & Ultrasound, Shelter Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal Emergency Care, Small Animal Intensive Care, Small Animal Patient Care, Small Animal Primary Care, Small Animal Referral Medicine, Small Animal Referral Surgery, Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary Research. 

Veterinary Clinical Placement. Sunset Vet Animal Hospital, Bali, Indonesia. Assisted the veterinary team in consults, treatments, and surgical procedures. 

Veterinary Clinical Placement. Illawarra Animal Hospital, NSW, Australia. Assisted the veterinary team in consults, treatments, rehabilitation, and surgical procedures. 

Veterinary Clinical Placement. Lake Tyres, Victoria, Australia. Provided de-sexing and neutering, parasite control and general health checks of community pets in an indigenous mission. 

Foal Watch Volunteer, Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, Pomona CA, USA. Walk, groom, and help with veterinary visits for the mares and foals at the stables.

Veterinary Job Shadow, Coast to Coast Cardiology Veterinary Service, Los Angeles CA, Prepared vaccinations and medications; assisted in taking X-rays; observed physical examination, treatments, and surgery.

RESEARCH


Duke University Intern, Research Experience for Undergraduates.
June 2014–August 2014, Organization for Tropical Studies, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.

  • Social Organization in Day and Night Roosts of the Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso).

  • Individual signatures of the echolocation calls of the Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso).

  • Using playback experiments to investigate the social significance of echolocation-like calls in the Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso).

Undergraduate Researcher, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, A.K. Lappin Laboratory.
Intraspecific geographic variation of body size dimorphism in the Northern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea). December 2012 - February 2015. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA.

PUBLICATIONS 


Gunther L, Lopez M, Kornschild M, Reid K, Nagy M, and Mayer F. From Research To Female Defence: The Impact of Roosting Ecology On A Bat's Mating Strategy. Royal Society Open Science 3.11 (2016): 160503.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS

Marlena Lopez, Peter Muckton, Heath Stewart. Economic Forum. Veterinary Business Group Summit, Australian Veterinary Association, October 2020.

 

Lopez M, Nagy M. Social Organization in Day and Night Roosts of the Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso).

  • Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference, Washington D.C., USA (February 2015).

  • Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA (November 2014).

  • Southwest Organismal Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA (September 2014).

  • La Selva Biological Station Summer Research Symposium, Costa Rica (August 2014).

 

Lopez M, Marino T, Lappin AK. Intraspecific geographic variation of body size dimorphism in the Northern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea).

  • Ronald E. McNair 22nd Annual National Research Symposium, University of California Berkeley, CA, USA (June 2014).

  • Cal Poly Pomona Ronald E. McNair Research Symposium, CA, USA (June 2014).

  • Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference, CA, USA (March 2014).

 

Marino T, Lopez M, Lappin AK. A comparative analysis of sexual dimorphism in California Alligator Lizards (Elgaria): lineage and population level divergence in form and function. Cal Poly Pomona College of Science Student Research Poster Presentations, CA, USA (June 2014).

WORK EXPERIENCE

Learning Assistant and Tutor, March-June 2014. Biology Learning Center, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA.

Science Interpreter and Exotic Animal Tour Guide, January- March 2014. Biotrek, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA.

Sales Associate, American Eagle Outfitters, San Francisco, USA, Sep 2008-June 2010. Implemented training for new employees and acted as lead associate on duty. 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Vertebrate Zoology (ZOO 238), Winter 2013. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA.

 

Learning Assistant and Tutor, March-June 2014. Biology Learning Center, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA.

LEADERSHIP


Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS) First & Second Year Student Representative. The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. March 2015 – December 2015.

  • Served as a student liaison, representing the interests of the first year cohort, as well as organized guest speakers and events.

 

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program President. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. August 2013-August 2014.

  • Managed and work with executive board to plan, organize, and publicize for an array of events and programs to promote cohort bonding, and community involvement.

  • Regular meetings with the University President to manage funding and was able to successfully raise fifteen thousand dollars to send low income and first generation university students to present their research at a national conference

 

​Student Interest Council Representative. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. August 2013-August 2014.

  • Facilitated communication between university clubs and the associated student body, as well as organized and sponsored council meetings and events.

 

Cancer Awareness Fundraising Chair. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. September 2012-June 2013.

  • Organized monthly information booths on campus promoting health attention, planning meetings with club members, advisors, and members of the community to plan fundraisers on and off campus to support club activities as well as help people affected by cancer in our community.

 

Pre-Veterinary Club Vice President. San Francisco State University, CA. September 2009-August 2010.

  • Organized volunteer activities at local zoos, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics for club members, as well as campus adoption days and fundraising activities.

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS

Fear Free Veterinary Professional Certification (6/7/20)

 

CPR: Advanced Life Support by RECOVER Initiative (24/6/20)

CPR: Basic Life Support by RECOVER Initiative (16/6/20)

 

Animal Behaviour and Welfare by The University of Edinburgh on Coursera (4/7/2019) 
 

Mental Health First First Aid Certificate (17/04/18) 
 

​Large Animal Handling, GoTafe Certificate (10/07/2015)
 

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training

  • Certified in Animal Biosafety (21/6/2013)

  • Certified in When Working with Non-traditional Species (21/6/2013)

 

ACUC/EH&S Animal Safety and Training

  • Risk Assessment Screening (21/6/2013)

MEMBERSHIPS


Australian Veterinary Association 

 

Australian Small Animal Veterinary (ASAV) Association

 

Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Veterinary Business Thought Leader of the Year 2020, Veterinary Business Group, Australian Veterinary Association

Australian Small Animal Veterinary (ASAV) Association Student Scholarship 2020

Australian Small Animal Veterinary (ASAV) Association Student Scholarship 2018

 

Guild Insurance Veterinary Student Ambassador​

 

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

 

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

 

Ernest Prete Jr. Environmental Science Student Research Fellowship

 

Kellogg Undergraduate Scholars Program (KUSP)

 

Beta Beta Beta Biological Sciences Honor Society

 

California State University, Pomona President’s Scholarship

INTERESTS 


Baking 

 

Pet owner education through social media (@veterinary_adventures)