Lone Mountain Animal Hospital Externship Program: Marguerite

Introducing Marguerite, the newest extern at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital!

Marguerite is from the Jackson, Mississippi area and is currently a fourth-year student at Mississippi State University. For as long as she could remember, Marguerite knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. She received her Bachelor’s from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. After graduating from Southern Mississippi, Marguerite worked at a small veterinary clinic before graduating with a Master’s degree from Mississippi College. 

During her time at Mississippi State, Marguerite volunteered with a student-run, rescue organization as part of the Homeward Bound Group.

“It’s an affiliate of Mississippi State, and there’s two different sectors, a dog and a cat portion, and I was part of the cat group,” she said. “I was responsible for the medical records, the shot records, everything like that. We were responsible for making sure all of the kittens were able to get fosters and get them medical care and turn them out for adoption. That was a really rewarding experience.”

Marguerite heard about the externship program at Lone Mountain during an expo Mississippi State was hosting in the summer of 2019. One of her classmates who was helping with the expo spoke to Marguerite about the program. She was also drawn to Lone Mountain as a way to gain more experience with exotics. Her interests in animal medicine include ophthalmology and surgery. Marguerite said she’s also interested in business entrepreneurship and hopes to open her own private practice one day.

“I’m excited to get hands-on experience with exotics and learn as much as I can from the different doctors,” she said. “I’ve only been exposed to smaller practices, with one or two doctors, and this is a much bigger practice. So, I’m looking forward to different skills I can learn and all the different things they’re willing to teach me, that way I bring it back there and show other people all the different things we have available to us in this industry.”

In her spare time, Marguerite likes to exercise, take her dogs for walks with her husband, and sit out by the lake near their house to enjoy the fresh air. In addition to her two dogs, Marguerite also owns three cats and five snakes. 

Welcome aboard, Marguerite!

Lone Mountain Animal Hospital Externship Program: Mallory

Meet Mallory, the newest extern to join the team at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital!

She was born in Sugar Land, Texas, but grew up in Delaware. According to Mallory, she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian around the time she was 6 or 7-years-old. Originally, she wanted to be a cupcake maker, but her mother told her, “‘You can’t just make cupcakes.'”

“So, then I decided I want to work with animals,” Mallory said. “Because we lived in Texas, I was constantly bringing in things from the outside to try and care for, even though my mother was not happy about it.”

Currently, Mallory is a third-year student at Colorado State University [CSU] and will graduate with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Delaware, and her Master’s in Microbiology from CSU. During her time at Colorado State, Mallory has volunteered as a case coordinator for hospice care and guided pet owners when their pets enter the final stages of life.

“I think that’s really a defining moment for a lot of families and their relationships with their pets,” she said. “I like to make it as peaceful, and not a traumatic experience, which it can be sometimes, so I’m really enjoying that right now.”

Mallory has additional experience in caring for exotics and worked as a veterinary assistant in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Nearly every area of animal medicine holds some interest for Mallory, but she listed her top interests as exotics, emergency medicine, critical care, ophthalmology, and preventative care. Mallory learned about the externship program at Lone Mountain from one of her classmates and is most excited to get hands-on experience outside the classroom.

In her spare time, Mallory enjoys hiking with her Coonhound-German Shepard mixed dog Shenzi and cooking. She also adopted a cat named Addy during the quarantine.

“I figured if we’re all stuck inside, I should get another animal!” she said.

Welcome to the team, Mallory!

Lone Mountain Animal Hospital Externship Program: Miranda

Say “hello” to Miranda, the newest extern at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital!

Originally from Carman, Illinois, Miranda said she has always wanted to be a veterinarian. Although, there was a period of time where she wanted to be a veterinarian and a princess. Growing up, she would try and rescue injured, baby birds and was surrounded by farmland and wildlife. Miranda went on to attend Buena Vista University where she got her Bachelor’s in Biology. Currently, Miranda is a third-year student at the University of Missouri.

“When I was young, I volunteered quite a bit at an animal shelter in my hometown,” Miranda said. “I’ve also volunteered with the National Honor Society, and during my undergrad, I volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.” During her study abroad in Australia, Miranda also volunteered at a wildlife rehab.

She heard about the externship at Lone Mountain from an advisor, who also recommended the program to her. Now that she’s at Lone Mountain, Miranda said she is most excited to learn outside of the classroom and learn more about private practices. She is passionate about small animals and small animal exotics.

“You learn a specific way to do something in school, and every school teaches the same sorta thing, but there’s always slightly different ways to get there,” Miranda said. “So it’s interesting to see the different styles interacting with clients, and how people adapt the same ideas into what works well for them.”

In her spare time, Miranda enjoys taking her dog out for hikes, swimming, reading, and “Bob Ross paint nights.” She has three pets, including her Shepard-mix named Bear, and two cats name Lion and Tiger. And yes, it’s just like, “Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh my!”

Welcome to the team, Miranda!

Lone Mountain Animal Hospital Externship Program: Kristina

Meet Kristina, the newest extern at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital!

Kristina is a fourth-year student at the University of Illinois and will graduate in May this year! Originally from Riverside, California, she attended schools throughout Texas before graduating from Texas A & M University for her Bachelor’s and Graduate degrees. Kristina said ever since she was in kindergarten she’s wanted to be a veterinarian.

“That’s the typical answer,” Kristina said. “But, I kind of solidified the actual [Doctor of Veterinary Medicine] idea when I got to my undergrad.”

Kristina describes her volunteer experience as being “all over the place.” She got her start with rescues, animal shelters, and fosters when she was in middle school and she also volunteered with equine programs for special needs. Since then, Kristina said she’s also volunteered with dog shows, autism awareness places, and bottle baby fostering.

“I’ve probably fostered more than 200 bottle babies in the past five or six years,” she said. “So, that’s my claim to fame in college — everyone knows me as ‘The Bottle Baby Lady!'”

Since finishing her Graduate studies, Kristina said she’s interested in epidemiology and public health. She’s also interested in exotics and zoo medicine, but most of her experience thus far has been in domestic animals. She learned of the externship program at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital from her friend, Dr. Emilee Larkin! After discussing the program with Larkin, Kristina decided to apply and is looking forward to seeing the different aspects of private practice in a different part of the country. She’s also excited to learn more about the niches of exotic animal medicine.

In her spare time, Kristina enjoys continuing her volunteer work with animals and fostering. Kristina has adopted some of the animals she’s fostered. She currently has four cats, a dog, and two African dwarf frogs.

Welcome aboard, Kristina!

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