Miranda Senft

Miranda Senft (’18) is currently pursuing a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with two minors in Biochemistry and Biology. She hasn’t quite figured out whether she wants to be a mixed animal vet or a specialist in internal veterinary medicine. Miranda has always been intrigued with difficult puzzles, has a passion for diagnostics, and an unstoppable love for all animals. She currently has a cat named Webster and a Canary-Winged Parakeet named Macaroni.

In her freshman year, Miranda took Dorset Sheep Management both semesters and fell in love with the Hadley Farm and all of its animals. She loved it so much that she volunteered to do tours of the farm during her free time as she enjoys telling prospective students about her experiences at UMass and how much she has learned here. She became very active in clubs, joining NESA and winning 8th place in Team Livestock Judging and the Pre-Veterinary and Animal Science Club.

During her sophomore year, Miranda joined a neuroscience lab run by Dr. Luke Remage-Healey, where she was put in charge of a flock of over 200 zebra finches. She utilized her knowledge of avian enrichment to help keep the birds happy, healthy, and breeding all year round. She also interned at local small animal hospital, Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital, in Pelham for a semester and began working for a local horse board barn, Cado Farm, as a barn worker and a caretaker of a geriatric horse named Opus.

During her junior year, Miranda joined the surgical intern team at Riverbend Animal Hospital where she learned about surgical instruments, how to prep a surgery suite, how to sterilize and prep surgical instruments, and how to scrub in. She also interned at the Zoo in Forest Park where she gained experience with exotic animals including camels, muntjac deer, a spotted leopard, red kangaroos, a porcupine, emus, and so much more. During one of her summers here, Miranda was privileged to be able to shadow Dr. Carlos Gradil while he collected and evaluated semen from stallions, impregnated mares, and collected data for his IUD research.

Miranda has actively sought to take every management class at least once and has loved getting the varied experience UMass has offered her! She has also been lucky enough to participate in the AI trip, the Bay State Livestock Classic, and has taken a Wildlife Rehabilitator Certification course. She has also been an Animal Science 103 and Animal Science Nutrition TA in her time here.

Back at home, Miranda was fortunate enough to work with some incredibly skilled and accomplished veterinarians including an extremely successful small animal veterinarian, Dr. Mitchell Kornet, a traveling surgeon, Dr. Tomas Infernuso, and last, but not least, one of the most successful small animal house call veterinarians in New York, Miranda’s mother - Dr. Deborah Nearenberg,.

Miranda has decided that she will attend Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall and is extremely excited about starting the next chapter in her life. She can’t thank her friends and the faculty at UMass enough for preparing her to be accepted to veterinary school! She’s ready to move on but is forever grateful for her time at UMass which has given her the best years of her life yet!