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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