2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Maureen O'Brien



Born and raised in Ohio, I completed my Bachelors of Agriculture in Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. Throughout my undergraduate program, I worked in a type-A avian influenza laboratory, which fueled my interest in research and zoonotic viruses. After working for a year at a mixed-animal practice, I returned to Ohio State for a Masters in Public Health, with a focus in Veterinary Public Health. I am now a second year in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. I participated in their summer research program last summer looking for reagents to identify a subset of rabbit T-cells using flow cytometry and western blot.


Veterinary medicine, pathology, research, and community involvement. I’m particularly interested in areas of research that can be translated between species, especially from animals to humans and vice versa. My pathology interests include anatomic and diagnostic pathology, as well as virus and shock pathophysiology. In my free time, I enjoy reading, scuba diving, and taking care of my saddlebred mare.

Career Goal:

To advance animal and human health through research and interdisciplinary collaboration. After I graduate from veterinary school, I plan on completing a pathology residency in conjunction with a PhD.