Woman sitting and hugging her 3 dogs, Ariana Marangakis, VG23

Ariana Marangakis, VG23



Animal Science (Major), Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (Minor), University of California-Davis, 2016

Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?

Hello! My name is Ariana and I’m originally from California, but I am excited to relocate to New England. In 2016 I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis on Animal Behavior and a minor in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. During my time there I was drawn to classes that focused on disease ecology and population health and worked as a laboratory assistant. I started my career in comparative veterinary ophthalmology research where I was fortunate enough to work with a wide variety of species and diseases both congenital and infectious in nature. Afterwards, I transitioned to working in a veterinary hospital as a technician. Working in a veterinary hospital allowed me to see first-hand the importance of vaccinations and parasite prevention within the domestic animal population and showed me real world application for basic laboratory skills. I was drawn to this program based on the curriculum and am excited to learn more about zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance. I’m a huge animal lover and currently have three dogs and four cats. I love to travel and look forward to all the new places I’ll be able to visit on the East Coast. I’m currently spending my free time renovating my house and reading up a storm!

What are your career goals after completing the program?

Afterwards I plan on continuing to veterinary school at Tufts and working in zoo/wildlife medicine.