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Katherine Zhou, MCM’18

Meet our final MCM’18 student Katherine Zhou, “My legal name is Ying Zhou but people often know me as Katherine. I was born and raised in southern China until college. I recently graduated from University of California — Los Angeles with a BS in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, and a BA in English. I have always wanted to work with wildlife since when I was in kindergarten, and was initially hoping to be a wildlife veterinarian. But after working at several wildlife rescue centers in California Wildlife Center and the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, as well as doing field researches in Cameroon, Africa, I realized the importance of population health in conservation and that the welfare of wildlife is tightly connected with that of the local people. Therefore I was immediately drawn by the idea of conservation medicine when I heard about the MCM program, because it involves wildlife medicine but also has focuses on population and the people in the environment. Having experienced the horrible SARS epidemic and several lethal avian flu outbreaks in southern part of China, I am also excited to learn more about the One Health approach to problems of zoonotic diseases. I have not decided whether I will be a veterinarian or a researcher in ecology, but I will spend 2 years in the field after graduating from MCM before I decide. In my spare time I write in Chinese about animals and people to a general audience, practice karate, and read classical novels. Our family pet is an orange cat named “Meow-Meow.