ARAV Chair: Brooke Dugan (2023)
I’m from a small town south of Chicago and changed my major to General Biology my second year of undergrad. My favorite species to work with are reptiles, especially snakes, but I’d like to work with all sorts of zoo animals. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a small private practice that sees the occasional exotic pet and wild turtle, but one of my favorite case I worked on before coming to U of I was a hit by car common snapping turtle that had mandibular, maxilla, and shell fractures. I work at the Vet Med South Clinic now with Primary Care and Zoo Med, so I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work with the Zoo Med House Officers and faculty. My favorite patients we see regularly are ferrets, and I’ve also been able to assist with parrots, guinea pigs, and rabbits. I’m a team leader for the Wildlife Medical Clinic where I’ve been able to handle and treat snapping turtles, bald eagles, and other birds of prey.
Fun fact: I have 6 snakes, a leopard gecko, and a dog at home, and I recently started collecting animal bones. I have coyote, bobcat, and beaver skulls, turtle shells, and almost an entire raccoon and cow skeleton so far.