Marie DeLessio

Marie DeLessio, VG23


Bettendorf, IA

B.S. in Zoology, Minor in Disability Studies, Miami University, 2017-2021

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 it is an emerging field that I feel will only become more prevalent and crucial in the coming years. It will help me in my goal to become a wildlife conservation professional and broaden my knowledge of One Health. I chose the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine because it is the only school in the country to offer a degree in Conservation Medicine and the program has a great reputation for training conservation professionals.

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

My undergraduate degree is in Zoology which gave me a base knowledge of animal health and behavior. I have worked in various conservation environments, such as a wildlife center in South Africa, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Boulder, CO, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

Currently, my career goals are quite broad, but I hope to fine-tune them throughout the program. However, I would love to work in wildlife rehabilitation, endangered species conservation, human-wildlife conflict, or habitat restoration.