About Katie V. and Kennymac

Katie is a second year student veterinary student in the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab. Katie is interested in public health, and aims to focus her career on helping both humans and animals improve their health outcomes. Kennymac is a first year veterinary student in the WEL. Kennymac is interested in zoological medicine and aims to utilize his career to conserve species for future generations.

Why YOU Should Care about Snakes

A beautiful juvenile Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) that we found under some foliage Now that all the Lake Erie water snakes have officially moved into the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab and treatment shifts are officially underway, we thought it would be fun and important to go over something that many people may have [...]

Why YOU Should Care about Snakes2019-06-24T09:59:43-05:00

WEEK 5- WELcoming Our Incoming Class of LEWS

Back at the lab, after getting all of the LEWS in their tanks after the long drive, we maintained a quiet week to give the snakes a chance to settle in and get used to their new surroundings. They joined our other clinical case snakes at WEL, some of whom have SFD and are currently [...]

WEEK 5- WELcoming Our Incoming Class of LEWS2019-06-20T21:02:18-05:00

WEEK 4- Adventures on Kelly’s Island

With Week 1 of Nerodio 2019 officially in the books, Team Snake packed up all of our things Team Snake processing a LEWS back at the field house, documenting and swabbing each lesion found one last time to head out for Kelly's Island. For the next week, we would be staying at the [...]

WEEK 4- Adventures on Kelly’s Island2019-06-17T20:01:35-05:00

WEEK 3- The Sipedon Serpents of Lake Erie

A plethora of boats, one Great Lake, and A LOT of snakes. Our first of two weeks out in Lake Erie has been quite an adventure already! Although we still have one more week here and plenty of more snakes to catch, Team Snake has been getting a lot of work done and has been [...]

WEEK 3- The Sipedon Serpents of Lake Erie2019-06-08T12:09:55-05:00

WEEK 2- Brace yourself.. the Lake Erie Water Snakes are coming

A slow(er) week mainly spent in the lab for Team Snake here at WEL... We started off the week packing and organizing supplies for our Lake Erie fieldwork, which starts next week! Over 1000 swabs and Eppendorf tubes, 200 syringes and blood tubes, two centrifuges, four boxes of slides, over 2000 pairs of gloves, 300 [...]

WEEK 2- Brace yourself.. the Lake Erie Water Snakes are coming2019-05-31T20:40:13-05:00

WEEK 1- Snakes in Indiana

3 days, 3 people, 1 very successful trip to Indiana. Only a couple days after the school year had finally ended, three members of Team Snake (Kennymac Durante, Dr. Ellen Haynes, and Seth LaGrange) hit the ground running in order to survey the prevalence of Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola (Snake fungal disease) in wild snake populations in [...]

WEEK 1- Snakes in Indiana2019-05-18T16:24:06-05:00

Team Snake Introduction

Hello from Team Snake!! Welcome to Katie and Kennymac's summer journey in the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab! Katie is a second year veterinary student and is interested in public health, and Kennymac is a first year veterinary student interested in zoological medicine. This summer, we are both working on projects related to Ophidiomyces, a snake fungal [...]

Team Snake Introduction2019-04-29T13:01:58-05:00