Annie Le

Annie Le ‘18 is currently pursuing a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Science with minors in Biology and Natural Resources Conservation. She hopes to pursue exotic animal medicine and conduct field research in wildlife conservation. She plans to use her NRC minor to better understand the relationship between wildlife and humans and to use the information she learns to help people gain a better understanding of co-existing with wildlife. She is a member of the Commonwealth Honors College and looks forward to writing her honors thesis on age and stress based on research conducted in Dr. Agnès Lacreuse’s Hormone and Cognition Lab in the Psychology Department.

Annie is a College of Natural Science Student Leadership Committee representative, the President of the Pre-Veterinary and Animal Sciences Club, a member of the Peer Mentors group, and a co-captain for the UMass NESA team. She enjoys talking to current and prospective students about the opportunities that UMass has to offer and being able to share her experiences with the underclassmen and guide them during their time here at UMass.

Annie participated in the Animal Science Residential Academic Program (RAP), where she gained valuable friendships with other Animal Science students who share the same interests. She was a Teaching Assistant for the Animal Science 101 and 103 courses as well as part of the Poultry Management group and the annual Bay State Livestock Classic, showing a rainbow ranger pullet. Annie feels she found her niche with the Dairy Calf Management group in her sophomore year. She is now one of the first Dairy Calf Management Teaching Assistants as she enters her third semester being in the class. “I never thought that I would end up loving to work with cattle until I took this class. And while the class primarily deals with the calves, we are able to get a good overall understanding of managing a dairy farm. Students are given an opportunity to learn and take a part of dehorning, vaccinating, ear tagging, and feeding the appropriate diet for calves from birth to weaning.”

Annie interned at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the Wildlife Clinic during the summer preceding her senior year. In the Wildlife Clinic she assisted veterinarians, technicians, and students with the care of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife including: raptors, turtles, foxes, and squirrels. In the summer of 2016, she worked as a veterinary assistant at the VCA Abbott Animal Hospital in her hometown; this is a five doctor, small animal practice (one of the doctors also treats exotics). Annie enjoyed the fast pace of the hospital and working with the exotic pets who visited the clinic including: rabbits, snakes, parrots, and skunks. At the veterinary clinic she honed her basic veterinary skills as well as learning more skills and techniques while on the job. She continues to work at the hospital on available weekends during the school year. Annie spent the winter break of her junior year shadowing Dr. Landau who focuses on alternative and holistic medicine with small animals and horses. Annie also interned at Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital in Pelham where she was first introduced to exotics, specifically pocket pets.

Annie credits UMass with all the opportunities that were presented to her. “The VASCI department is a tight-knit group and the faculty members are supportive of their students. I always feel at home when I am studying in the reception area of the department. And I have gotten to know several faculty members, including my adviser, on a more personal basis. “Faculty members take the time to sit down and talk with me anytime I stop by their offices and I am always grateful for all the advice they give me. Besides the constant support of the staff, the next pillar of support has been the upperclassmen the years before me. They have volunteered their time to offer me advice as well as to assure me when I get worried about classes and vet school. In addition, there are so many opportunities offered at UMass for hands-on experience working with various types of species, from poultry to sheep, horses, cows, goats, llamas and alpacas. You would not get these types of experiences from other schools. I couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else but UMass my second home.”

During the school year, Annie works at the UMass Science and Engineering Library. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting, trying out new baking recipes, and binge-watching Netflix.