Team Uganda 2023
BSc in Animal Science, Class of 2025
I always knew I was interested in wildlife and conservation, but it wasn't until Dr. Robin Radcliffe's class that I learned about the one health concept. A concept that is now so dear to my heart and shaped the amazing summer I had as well as started to shape how I see myself as a veterinarian in the future. Being a part of Team Uganda 2023 alongside Claire Glover (DVM 2025) was a lifetime opportunity. We spent a lot of time doing various One Health initiatives that JGI was conducting. Doing things from sustainable agriculture, fruit tree grafting, sanitary pad making, and helping conduct wildlife/domestic surveys to name a few things. During all our various projects I was learning more and more about what it means to be a wildlife/one health veterinarian. Most of your time will be fighting larger-scale causes like access to health care and human-wildlife conflict rates, but at the end of the day all of that goes back to helping the animals and helping keep species and the environment thriving. This summer confirmed that being pre-vet is the right path for me and years down the road I know that I want to become a wildlife veterinarian and help continue the one health concept.