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Zara Martinez, MCM’18

Next we have Zara Martinez, MCM’18, “I grew up in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania.  For my Bachelor’s degree, I attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  I finished with my BS in Biology and Marine Biology.  Throughout undergrad I worked as a genetics laboratory assistant and for the past two years, I worked as a veterinary assistant and volunteered at the Humane Society.  I also completed research with a graduate professor, Dr. Kerstetter, on the assessment of trophic positions for the seabirds of South Florida using stable isotopes.  I am very passionate about the relationship between human health and wildlife health.  The fact that the MCM program uses the One Health initiative was a key component in my decision to apply for this program.  My goal is to take in as much as possible through this unique program as it encompasses the relationships between humans, animals and the environment.  After this program, I would like to attend veterinary school so I can work in wildlife medicine and conservation. In my free time I love to hike, read, and dance.”