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My name is David Segal, and I am originally from Bethesda, Maryland.  I graduated in 2009 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and since then have had the opportunity to gain working experience in several different animal-related fields.  After graduating from college, I worked for three years in a neuroscience laboratory at Children’s Hospital, Boston, where I had the opportunity to learn a wide array of laboratory techniques, including performing surgeries on the peripheral nervous system of rats and mice in order to assess the efficacy of novel analgesic compounds in neuropathic animals.  After this experience, I decided I wanted to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, and enrolled at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  I left Tufts without attaining a degree, and in the meantime have had time to gain experience in other laboratory environments, while taking time to assess my career goals, and with my passion for wildlife and conservation being a strong force in my life, enrolled as a student in the MCM’19 class, which I am very excited about.  After finishing the MCM program I would like to investigate careers in the wildlife fields that I am passionate about, which includes investigating the reasons behind recent moose population decline in New England, as well as assessing heavy metal toxicity in aquatic species, particularly loons.  I live on a small farm in Westborough, Massachusetts with my wife, who is a veterinarian, and our many animals: dogs, cats, horses, goats, ferrets, ducks and geese.  My main hobbies include fishing, hiking, horticulture, guitar and golf, to name a few.