My name is Hannah Hertzel and I graduated from Scripps College in Southern California in 2018. I majored in biology, and wrote my thesis on altruistic behaviors in marine mammals. In the time since I graduated, I have gotten involved with animal care in aquariums. I completed a fellowship through the Mystic Aquarium in their Animal Rescue Program. I got to help run the day to day operations of the rescue clinic and get involved with the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of seals. I also completed a medical center internship with the New England Aquarium. It was a fantastic experience and I loved getting involved in the veterinary care for the huge range of animals that the aquarium houses. I’ve been involved in conservation medicine in a variety of different situations. Before starting college, I took a gap year and worked with orphaned baboons in South Africa. I also volunteered for a nonprofit marine conservation group in Madagascar. Closer to home, I’ve spent the past few summers volunteering with a local wildlife rehabber, helping care for injured and orphaned raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and rabbits. I am attracted to the one health focus of the MCM program and I hope that the things I learn in this next year will help me fulfill my desire to spend my life involved in wildlife conservation. As of now, I plan on becoming a veterinarian, although I believe my time in the MCM program may show me other paths I could take towards a conservation career, and I am open to exploring them. I have one dog named Billy, who I got my senior year of college. I also have a coral reef fish tank with eight or nine fish. My family has a second dog, a cat, and eight chickens.