Isel Pollock

Isel Pollock, VG23


Pittsburgh, PA

B.S Biology, Tufts University, 2022

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

I chose to pursue a degree in conservation medicine because of my interest in wildlife conservation and the interface between human culture and wildlife health. Tufts University had such a unique program for conservation medicine, with a strong emphasis on the idea of OneHealth: bringing together human, animal and ecosystem health. Plus, I already know and love the Tufts community from my time as an undergraduate. I’m so happy to be back! 

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

I am primarily interested in rewilding and reintroducing species to the wild, particularly medium and large hooved animals in Europe and North America. I have experience shadowing in a small animal clinic, presenting ambassador animal shows at a zoo, working as a lab assistant with house sparrows, and working as a farm hand on a dairy goat farm. I really liked working with goats, and they’re a big part of what got me interested in ungulates!

What are your career goals after completing the program?

I would like to go on to vet school after this, and eventually work with reintroduction efforts for species in the wild!