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|Member Spotlight on Natalie Hall|
Natalie Hall finds working in zoological medicine interesting and fulfilling due to the unique challenges of the clinical work, exciting research, and teaching opportunities.
After working in private practice for six years, she completed a postgraduate internship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and then a residency in zoological medicine through the University of Florida. Dr. Hall became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2012, and she is currently a clinical veterinarian at Disney’s Animal Programs in Florida.Dr. Hall is passionate about applying new advances from domestic species medicine to zoological medicine. Her research focuses on improving diagnostic capabilities in elephants, where traditional techniques such as radiology and ultrasound are of limited use. She enjoys working with students, and one of her favorite experiences has been teaching an international conservation course for veterinary students. Using AAZV resources to contact veterinarians at conservation centers in Thailand and Vietnam, her students completed a number of charity projects. Hall says the experience demonstrated the value of the AAZV, which can help veterinarians in all stages of their careers become active participants in conservation medicine at home and abroad.
Pictured above, Dr. Natalie Hall with an anesthetized female African elephant.
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