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Jacqueline Sanchez, MCM’20

My name is Jacqueline Ann Sanchez and I am excited to be a part of the MS in Conservation Medicine Program here at Tufts University. The purpose of my study is to enhance wildlife rehabilitation and promote care under the “One Health” approach, a concept that promotes the prevention of risks between humans, animals, and other types of environments.  As I prepare myself for the exciting road ahead, I always look back and remember the steps taken that have gotten me to where I am. I graduated in 2015 from California State University Long Beach with a B.S in Biology option Physiology and Cell/Molecular. Throughout my time there I became more involved in learning about the natural sciences and decided to pursue a minor in Chemistry as well. I was introduced to the field of wildlife rehabilitation during a volunteer project in Costa Rica at the Jaguar Rescue Center. This opened my eyes to the ongoing challenges that wildlife face with the encroaching human development and its impact on the environment. From there, I furthered my understanding by performing two different internships in wildlife rehabilitation at Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in Burlingame, California, and Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay, California. Currently, I am a Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician at Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay, California where we rehabilitate a variety of animals. Working here has taught me different aspects of animal care as well as introduced me to a new field of seabirds affected by oil. I am a trained individual in handling the necessary steps and procedures in caring for animals such as triage, washing, and evaluating waterproofing of oiled seabirds. Although most days can be busy at the center, I enjoy baking, hiking, and spending time with my dog Figaro and Pekin Duck, Ferris.