I was born and raised in Maryland where I shadowed a veterinarian at a small animal practice as part of a high school internship project. Subsequently I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and attended the University of Maryland where I earned a B.S. in Animal Science in 2010. While I was there I worked in an avian nutrition laboratory, spent a summer volunteering in a veterinary pathology laboratory, and interned at a biomedical research company for a semester. My undergraduate experiences enticed me away from small animal medicine and towards the broad applications of veterinary medicine to research. Currently I am a student in the Public/Corporate Track at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Within the veterinary school I enjoy serving as Junior Secretary in SCAVMA and being active in several clubs including the Pathology Club. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, playing Frisbee, bringing people together for board-game nights and dinner parties, watching Doctor Who, traveling, learning about other cultures, spending time with my friends and family, and listening to and playing music. Even though I chose to focus my career in the sciences and medicine, music has and always will be an important part of my life and I treasure the opportunities I have to reacquaint myself with the piano and classical guitar.
There is a wide array of career options available for a person with a DVM, and I am hoping my experiences at the Cornell Leadership Program will help me decide between them. My current interests are leaning more towards veterinary pathology because of its significant applications towards biomedical research. If I do decide to follow that particular path, I hope to complete a residency and PhD in anatomic pathology.