Imara Ortiz-Donate sitting on a boat in the lake

Imara Ortiz-Donaté, VG23


San Diego, California

B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, Minor in Contemporary Leadership, University of California-Davis, 2020

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

I chose the Master’s in Conservation Medicine degree program, because it was the only program that perfectly fit everything I was looking for in a graduate degree. Every class was just as interesting as the next and I knew the small cohort structure would be exactly what I needed to fulfill my goals.

What are your interests and/or experience relative to your program?

During my undergraduate education I had various experiences working with birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians through volunteer work and internships. In addition, I worked on campus as a Peer Lead working on leadership skills that I knew would be useful in the future, such as, conflict management, inclusion, and communication.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

My ideal future career would be working at the local, state, or federal government level and/or with non-profits. My focus being on endangered species, restoration projects, and wildlife ecology in biodiversity hotspots in and around the United States and Mexico.