I started my career as a conservation mammalogist conducting research on African Wild Dogs in South Africa for several years. My research focused on progeny outcomes based on social hierarchies. From there my live took an interesting detour! Having planned on a brief hiatus from the often grueling work of field research, I took a temporary entry level position in NYC as a digital strategist at a large advertising firm. My experience with biostatistics and analytical tools such as SAAS translated well into the requirements of the position and it was something fun and new. That ‘temporary’ position ultimately resulted in 7 years in advertising, working at top communication strategy agencies across the country. But I knew I couldn’t leave the world of science permanently. In 2012 I decided to foray back into the world of biology and landed on veterinary medicine as a wonderful outlet for my analytical brain as well as my need for ‘get your hands dirty’ applied science. I attended UC Davis and subsequently completed a rotating internship with a heavy Emergency and Critical Care focus at a busy specialty veterinary hospital in Los Angeles, CA. I currently work at several trauma tier I (highest tier of critical cases) specialty vet hospitals across L.A. where I’m able to practice high quality ER medicine with some of the best veterinary specialists in the field. This truly is one of the most challenging and fulfilling jobs in the world!