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: 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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