Rosalie F.

I was raised in rural Michigan, where my mother’s homeschooling methods often meant throwing me outside to explore the world first person; tearing the tarp of the compost pile and grabbing as many snakes as I could before they got away, watching a spider’s web until something happened, catching and raising tadpoles while avoiding the crawdads that often got into my “traps” (for sure just yogurt containers I made holes in), or simply watching bats come out at twilight instilled such a genuine awe for the natural world. I have been fascinated by the biodiversity of even the most familiar ecosystem since childhood, which has given me cause to pursue ethology, biology, and animal husbandry both professionally and as my hobby. I am so grateful for my position at Coyne as I learn hands-on while going through a vet tech program.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I already have most of my dream animals, but Argentine tegus, Madagascar hognoses, Malagasy tree boas, and at least one false water cobra still need to happen
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
Proud owner (or co-caretaker, since my little siblings have taken after me) or a German shepherd, two cats, three tarantulas, four lizards, ten snakes, several arthropod colonies, and a hedgehog!
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
1) I have an up-close and personal look at their incredible design.
2)I work with incredible, innovative, and caring people who I’ve witness save and influence lives in amazing ways.
3) I feel like I make a real difference in the lives of our patients and the clients hold them dear to their hearts.