Gretchen McLinden

Gretchen McLinden holding goat

Gretchen McLinden ’15 graduated from the Commonwealth Honors College with great distinction and a B.S. degree in Pre-Veterinary Science. She is currently enrolled in the Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University ’19 and is excited for all of the new opportunities to come.

Gretchen was involved with the Student Run Goat Herd during all four years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and believes that it was one of the best and most rewarding experiences she has ever had. After taking both semesters of the Goat Management course as a freshman, she was a student leader and teaching assistant for the Student Run Goat Herd. Gretchen’s time with the herd gave her not only hands on experience, but also the opportunity to put to use what she was learning in her Animal Science courses while sharing her passion for these animals with other students.

In the summer after her freshman year, Gretchen traveled to Namibia to volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center for big cats and non-human primates. Here, she learned how to care for and handle animals native to Namibia including cheetahs, caracals and baboons.

Gretchen also took on a research project in one of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences laboratories studying craniofacial development with Dr. Hélène Cousin. This project allowed her to gain a greater understanding of developmental and molecular biology in an applicable way, while also learning valuable laboratory skills.

In the summer before starting at Tufts, Gretchen traveled abroad to Cape Town, South Africa where she volunteered at both a small animal hospital and a mobile clinic that gave veterinary care to the underprivileged areas around the city.

In her free time, Gretchen enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her tortoise-shell calico, Shenzi.