Reese Harmann holding a crab

Reese Hartmann, VG23


Omaha, Nebraska

B.S. Marine Science, University of South Carolina, 2020

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

I was drawn to Conservation Medicine after learning about One Health and how important it is to consider when addressing environmental health issues. In a world that is continuously changing, there is an imminent need for professionals equipped with the skillset that MCM provides. The curriculum and hands-on nature of the program provide a holistic understanding of Conservation Medicine, an asset unique to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

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

My primary interests within conservation medicine are human-wildlife conflict, environmental contaminants, and biodiversity loss, specifically in aquatic ecosystems. During my time as an undergraduate, I supplemented my classwork with experience in a research lab and an aquarium. Additionally, I have worked in a small animal hospital since 2020 and completed an externship last year at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) where I discovered my passion for wildlife medicine!

What are your career goals after completing the program?

Ideally, I would like to continue my education and go to veterinary school after I complete the program. I am interested in wildlife and aquatic medicine and hope to work for a rehabilitation center or sanctuary as a veterinarian. As this year progresses, I hope to learn more about career paths outside of veterinary medicine and strive to keep an open mind! My ultimate goal as I enter into the professional world is to use my passion for wildlife as a tool to aid in the development of sustainable solutions to issues concerning One Health.