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Jessica DeStefano holding her cat who is wearing a pink winter coat

Hails from Massachusetts
Pathobiology and Animal Science
University of Connecticut, 2019

My name is Jessica DiStefano and I am from West Springfield, Mass.  In 2019, I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors’ Degree in Pathobiology and Animal Science.  I am currently employed at East Springfield Veterinary Hospital where I am a Veterinary Technician.  I decided to join the MS-IDGH program because throughout my studies at UCONN the One Health Initiative was a predominant focus and I believe this program will strengthen my abilities to contribute to this learning community.  As of now, I do not have a set career path, but I believe through my studies at Tuft’s I will find my calling.  During my time at UCONN, I was employed through the Connecticut Veterinary and Medical Diagnostic Laboratory where I worked in the quality assurance department and provided research assistance to the Director.  Predominantly my work integrated with the Director’s research focus on Clostridium perfringens and its effects on chicken welfare.  My duties included trimming tissues for slide preparation and microscopically analyzing the damages on chicken organs.  Outside of work and my studies, I enjoy reading, camping, hiking and spending time with friends and family.  Currently, I have a crazy one-year old cat named Tuna, but plan on adopting her sibling any day now!  I am excited to begin this journey at Tufts and see where this path will take me in the future!