Each July brings a bittersweet transition to the Wildlife Medical Clinic, as we say goodbye to our ZooMed house officers. While the WMC is staffed by volunteer veterinary and undergraduate students, this care is supported by the veterinarians in the ZooMed Service of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This includes the three ZooMed house officers, each a veterinarian in their own right, who have elected additional training in pursuit of becoming specialists in the American College of Zoological Medicine. Our skilled house officers include one intern and two resident veterinarians. These veterinarians assist our students in all aspects of animal care – from demonstrating safe ways to hold an animal, developing appropriate diet plans, discussing patient concerns and care, and pursuing treatments, our house officers are available every step of the way. More than providing medical care, these doctors demonstrate patience, empathy, and perseverance. They help set the energy in the WMC and form incredible bonds with our students each year. We are so incredibly grateful for all of the hard work, passion, and care these veterinarians have contributed to our program and wish them each the greatness they deserve as they move on to their next opportunities.
Dr. Kelsey Trumpp was our ZooMed specialty intern from 2020-2021. She took on this challenge with gusto and an ever-present smile on her face. In addition to caring for more than 1,200 wildlife patients during her internship, Dr. Trumpp was the primary author of two research projects and assisted in the training of veterinary students throughout the curriculum. Dr. Trumpp was a phenomenal asset to our team and we are so excited for her next opportunity at the University of Georgia, where she will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (zoological medicine) concurrent with a four year residency program in Zoological Medicine.
The Wildlife Medical Clinic would like to welcome our newest Student Manager, Chloe Dupleix! Chloe is from Louisiana where she attended Loyola University in New Orleans and received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. Chloe started her veterinary career working in small animal and shelter medicine.
What field within veterinary medicine are you interested in?
I am currently interested in wildlife medicine and I am going to try to get my Master’s in Public Health after finishing here in 2024. I would like to end up working as a conservation veterinarian and work for Wildlife and Fisheries or another similar agency or sector.
What made you want to join the team at the Wildlife Medical Clinic?
I have never worked with wildlife before and I really wanted to do something new! I’ve been interested in wildlife medicine for a couple of years now and thought this would be a great experience for my future career. I was also attracted to the WMC because my big sibling (Lauren Vincent, WMC Team Leader and WMC Conservation Chair) and grand big sibling (Erica Bender, former WMC Manager) were really involved with the clinic, too, and I only heard glowing reviews.
What made you want to become a manager?
My time spent as a volunteer this fall made me want to be a manager. I always looked forward to coming to the clinic and getting to work with the patients that were here at the time. And I also absolutely adored everyone on my team. My teammates worked so well with each other and were always so helpful to us first years when it came to treatments and triage. I always had a really good time and I felt like I wanted to be more involved with the clinic.
What is your favorite animal to work within the Wildlife Medical Clinic?
I have really enjoyed working with the raptors that come in! I think I love great-horned owls the most, but I also liked working with the last bald eagle we had.
What has been your favorite part of being in the Wildlife Medical Clinic?
My favorite part about being in the Wildlife Medical Clinic is getting to interact with the local wildlife and getting lots of hands-on experience. I have also really enjoyed getting to know everyone involved with the clinic too.