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Aug 2012May 2016

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

GPA: 3.79

Class rank: 15/97

Aug 2007May 2011

Bachelor of Science

North Carolina State University

GPA: 3.8, Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Major: Animal Science, Minor: Genetics

University Honors Program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honors Program

Awarded highly selective Caldwell Fellows scholarship

Work History

Small Animal Rotating Intern

Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Bullets
Apr 2013Apr 2015

Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Dermatology and Allergy Centre
  • Worked as a veterinary assistant in a specialty veterinary dermatology practice
  • Duties included taking patient history, assisting during appointments, practicing physical examinations, filling prescriptions, answering phone calls, and reviewing discharge instructions with clients
  • Gained skills in physical examinations, client communication, and veterinary dermatology
May 2014Aug 2014

Research Assistant

Merial-NIH Summer Scholars Program, Canine Genetics Laboratory
  • Accepted into the Summer Scholars Program to work in the canine genetics laboratory
  • Project involved researching a genetic cause for hyperlipidemia in Miniature Schnauzer dogs
  • Duties included reviewing genome sequencing and identifying candidate genes, developing PCR and RFLP assays to test for mutations, running the assays, and performing data analysis on the results
  • Presented a poster at the 2014 Merial-NIH Summer Scholars Symposium
  • Continued working on canine genetics research for causes of hyperlipidemia and calcium oxalate stone formation after the conclusion of the veterinary summer scholars program (Jan - Mar 2015)
  • Gained knowledge in research project development and execution in addition to technical laboratory skills
Mar 2013Apr 2015

Student Representative

Hill's Pet Nutrition
  • Acted as a student representative for Hill's Pet Nutrition
  • Duties included managing the college feeding program, coordinating student educational seminars, distributing educational materials to students, and acting as a liaison between students and Hill's employees
  • Gained increased skills in leadership, communication, and program organization
Jul 2011Jul 2012

Veterinary Assistant

Lake Pine Animal Hospital
  • Worked full time at a small animal and exotics veterinary practice
  • Duties included obtaining patient medical history, restraining patients for exams and procedures, taking radiographs, drawing blood, monitoring anesthesia, answering client phone calls, and selling products
  • Gained veterinary technical skills in addition to skills in client communication

Research Experience

  • A. Thomas-Hollands, E.E. Patterson, J.R. Mickelson, K.M. Minor, E. Furrow. Genomic approach to hyperlipidemia in Miniature Schnauzer dogs.
    • Presented research data at the Merial-NIH Summer Scholars Symposium in August 2014
    • Honorable mention for best poster at University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day
  • A. Thomas-Hollands, E.C. Glunk, P.D. Siciliano. Effect of restricted grazing on intake of non-fibrous carbohydrates in horses.
    • Presented research data at the North Carolina State University Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2011

Leadership Roles

  • Veterinary Student Ambassador, University of Minnesota, 2012-2015
    • Captain of the program 2013-2015
    • Helped coordinate veterinary student interview days, lead campus tours and student panels, and acted as a liaison between interviewing students and administrators
  • Queer and Allied Veterinary Medical Association, University of Minnesota, 2012-2015
    • Founding member of the organization
    • First president of the club from 2012-2013
    • Organized lunch meetings and events for students, partnered with other campus LGBT groups, and provided resources and support for LGBT veterinary students
  • University Ambassador, North Carolina State University, 2009-2011
    • Gave weekly campus tours to prospective students and their families
    • Represented the university at campus events
  • Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University, 2010
    • Worked as a teaching assistant for Domestic Animal Nutrition class
    • Graded papers, wrote quizzes, and held exam review sessions
  • New Sense Studios, North Carolina, 2008-2009
    • Founding member of the organization that engages at-risk youth in the community through artistic endeavors
    • Developed plans, worked with future clients to test potential programs, and presented a proposal to the board of directors

Volunteer Experience

  • Rural Area Veterinary Services trip - Whiteriver, Arizona - March 2014
    • Provided free veterinary care to dogs and cats belonging to residents of the White Mountain Native American Reservation
    • Performed physical exams, administered vaccines and preventative medications, monitored anesthesia, and performed spays and neuters
  • Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services trips - December 2012, April 2014, March 2015
    • Provided free veterinary care to dogs and cats belonging to residents of various Native American reservations within Minnesota
    • Performed physical exams, administered vaccines and preventative medications, monitored anesthesia, and performed spays and neuters
  • VeTouch - multiple clinics 2013-2015
    • Provided free veterinary care to dogs and cats belonging to low income Minnesota residents
    • Performed physical exams and administered vaccines and preventative medications
  • Alternative spring break service trips - Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, 2009-2011
    • Volunteered at the aforementioned locations during each year’s spring break
    • Taught at an elementary school, helped with construction of a house, and worked at an after school program