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Sarah Balik

BSc. in Animal Science (Minors in Microbial Sciences and Entomology), MPH, DVM Candidate 2019

My initial interest in the Engaged Cornell summer field experience was two-fold: I wanted an opportunity to gain hands on clinical experience with species that I hope will one day be my patients, and secondly, I wanted exposure to how international work and organizational partnerships are properly managed and executed. My experience in Uganda interning for the Jane Goodall Institute provided me with so much more than that. My partner and I monitored wild chimpanzee health and behavior in the field, assisted with veterinary care for the resident chimpanzees of the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, provided access to medical care to people in remote villages, and conducted an epidemiological study. This extraordinary experience was a great foundation for my ultimate career aspiration: working at the interface of endangered species conservation and human public health as a zoological or wildlife veterinarian.