CROW Feathers: Madison Bober

Where are you from?

"I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada! But I spent the last 3 years living in the Cayman Islands for veterinary school and recently moved to Athens, Georgia as a clinical transfer student to finish off my last year of school."


What is your position at CROW?

"I am a Veterinary Medicine Extern."

How long have you worked at CROW?

"I am just finishing up my four-week externship. Wish I could stay for longer!"


What is your favorite animal and why?

"This is a very hard question to answer. Ducks are one of my favorite animals because I find them hilariously adorable but working at CROW has given me the opportunity to work with so many different species, I would never see back in my home country. Raptors, specifically owls, have always been some of my favorite animals to work with. If you ask any of my close friends though they will tell you that sea turtles are my thing."


What is your favorite memory or story from your time at CROW?

"Getting to place my very first feeding tube! The day before we had a snapping turtle that required a feeding tube, and I watched the procedure be completed under general anesthesia by one of the veterinary interns and an extern student. The next day we had the same procedure, but on a baby gopher tortoise. Most of my peers will get to learn this procedure on a cat. But I get to say my very first one I did was in a baby gopher tortoise, and well, I just think that’s the coolest thing ever!"


What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

"I love being active and playing sports. When I’m not doing schoolwork you can usually find me at the CrossFit gym, yoga, or spin class. I enjoy hiking and really any activity outdoors. My favorite place to be is on the beach or in the ocean. You rarely find me too far away from the water unless I absolutely have to be. You can often find me diving and hanging out with my fishy friends." 


What are some of your goals or aspirations for the future?

"I love working with unconventional species and the different challenges they present. I’ve always wanted to use my education to help make a difference in the world and for the animals we share it with. I hope to continue my career working in wildlife and conservation medicine. I am already considering a masters program in conservation medicine after I finish my veterinary degree. Mostly, I am just looking forward to the vast number of different species I will get to work with and all the interesting things I will learn along the way."

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