I grew up in rural Ohio on 6 acres of undeveloped land. I saw snakes, spiders, deer, raccoons, muskrat, on a daily basis. I spent all of my free time outside observing animals. I had ducks, chickens, dogs, cats, parakeets and many other pets.
I graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in zoology . I applied for Veterinary School, but was not accepted. No matter what, I was going to have a career working with animals.
I received a Bachelor of Arts from The Exotic School of management and training from Moorpark College. I trained rats, chickens, wild pigs, and a lion. Exotic animals became a passion.
I began working in the circus after school. I raised and trained tigers. We had about 65 gold and white tigers, several elephants, a lion, and several bears. I worked closely with the veterinarian.
I applied to Ohio State Veterinary school again and was accepted. I worked at the circus compound during my summers.
I worked one year in New York at a veterinary hospital that also treated rescued wildlife such as birds, turtles, Eagles, deer , opossums, raccoons, etc.
I then worked at several veterinary hospitals for about 20 years. I’ve worked with dogs,cats, birds and many exotics.
I am currently working at Center-Sinai Animal Hospital examining and treating birds dogs, cats, reptiles, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, etc.
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