I was born and raised in a small town in North Carolina, just northwest of the capital, Raleigh. I really enjoyed growing up in a rural town that was a 30 minute drive to all the major surrounding cities. I graduated from North Carolina State University in 2012 with a BS in Zoology and minors in Genetics and Spanish. I have always shared a passion for exotic animals, veterinary research and Spanish language and culture. To pursue my interests in veterinary medicine, academia and research, I sought out medical training at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. With two years of veterinary training behind me, I look forward to expanding my skill sets in research at the Leadership Program.
I have a passion for traveling, exploring new places, and hiking. I hope my future career in veterinary academia and research will allow me to travel the world and experience a variety of cultures. Since my undergraduate career, I have continued my pursuit of the Spanish language and culture and enjoy sharing this interest with my friends and family. As most veterinarians, I love all things animal, but have a special interest in exotic and zoological species. I became interested in veterinary medicine as a child and have worked ever since to achieve my dreams of being a vet; my passion for research began during my undergraduate experience in Dr. Christopher Mariani's laboratory studying the expression of matrix metalloproteinases in CSF samples from canine cancer patients as an indicator of the presence of or relapse of neoplasia.
Upon graduation from veterinary college, I intend to pursue a PhD in genetics in order to prepare me for a career in veterinary academia and research. I hope to combine my passion for exotic animals and research in the future and plan to apply for an exotic or laboratory animal residency after completing my PhD training. Ultimately I would like to teach and conduct research at a veterinary teaching institute and hospital.