Jenny-Lee Lopes, V25

Jenny-Lee Lopes, V25


Westport, MA

B.S. Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Concentration, Becker College, 2019

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

The DVM/MS-LAM program is a unique program offered at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine that prompted my application. Not many other veterinary schools highlight laboratory animal medicine in the same way. I believe I can learn techniques and gain mentors along my journey here that will become invaluable to my career.

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

I am interested in this program as I have a passion for laboratory animal medicine that began shortly after I graduated from my undergraduate program. While working in research facilities as an animal care technician, my eyes were open to the impact a veterinarian can make in this setting. Such as contributing to medical breakthroughs that may improve how a patient, either human or animal, is treated. Also, I believe lab animal medicine is one of the most gratifying aspects of veterinary medicine. Ultimately, I am interested in this field because I want to be a voice for voiceless animals and an advocate for researchers and their studies.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

My goal is to be a partner in the One Health initiative. It was through hands-on experience within research facilities that I truly came to understand the concept of One Health. Perceiving the health of humanity as a whole, not solely humans or animals separately, opens a gateway to knowledge. The comparative medicine approach using animal models as part of translational research ultimately benefits us all. A lab animal veterinarian is a bridge that brings these two worlds together and is a key partner in ensuring the humane use of animals in a research setting. My goal is to be that veterinarian who serves as a link between the two, furthering research by caring for the animals in study.