Samantha graduated from Temple University studying environmental science and biological anthropology. After graduating, she has done field research in Puerto Rico studying coquí frogs. In addition, Sam has worked at several zoos and aquariums as a zookeeper, including being a tropical bird keeper. Simultaneously as she was working with zoos, Samantha began working in the veterinary field with a special interest in exotics. Samantha LOVES birds, her three-legged dog Flipper,and the Philadelphia Eagles. Go Birds!
Nikalina graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in May 2020. She is currently a veterinary assistant, but will be attending Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Fall 2021. Nikalina is interested in shelter and exotic medicine. She enjoys working with all animals big and small, but has a soft spot for cats, especially tuxedos. She currently resides in Northern Liberties with her two tuxedo cats (Timmy and Sully).
Asmita is a current veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2024. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Anthropology. Her current clinical interests include small animal surgery and internal medicine, as well as Exotic animal medicine and emergency. She lives in West Philly with her Maine Coon, Bertie and Border Collie mix, Sunday. Asmita’s interests include going on long bike rides, hiking and camping with her dog and watching crime shows.
Alli graduated from University of Delaware in 2020 with a degree in Animal & Food Science. She has an interest in exotic/livestock animals and has worked at wildlife rescues, zoos, and farms. She recently moved to Philadelphia from the Lehigh Valley with her 5 reptiles; Fay the leopard gecko, Fritz the crested gecko, Pretzel the corn snake, Vinny the northern blue tongue skink, and Otis the boa constrictor.
Cassie is a veterinary assistant who is currently studying biology, linguistics, and communications as an undergraduate student. In the near future, she hopes to go to veterinary school and wants to specialize in exotic pets. She has experience with dogs, cats, birds, and other zoo animals, and she especially loves working with reptiles. Cassie and her family have a collection of pets, including a Great Dane, two black labs, two geckos, and a ball python.
Shannon is a certified veterinary technician licensed in Pennsylvania and New York. She graduated from the veterinary technology program at SUNY Delhi in 2014. She also participated in a study abroad trip to South Africa to gain wildlife experience and assist with wildlife conservation. Shannon has been working in small animal practices for 6+ years and recently moved to Pennsylvania from New York with her 2 dogs (Sonny & Reign), cat (Breeze) and Russian tortoise (Tortellini).
Sidney is a current veterinary student at University of Pennsylvania, class of 2023. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Her current clinical interests include internal medicine and small animal surgery, as well as ophthalmology and alternative veterinary medicine. She lives in west Philly with her bird, Cornbread and her Australian Shepherd Kaya.
Tori is a veterinary assistant who has been in the veterinary field for 5 years. Her goal is to become a certified Veterinary Nurse after attending Harcum College. She is the Director of Laboratory Services at 2nd Street Animal Hospital. Tori has spent countless hours volunteering at a number of different shelters in Philadelphia. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, spending time with family and cuddling her cat Kiki whom she rescued as a kitten.