Emergency & Critical Care Assistant
Mariah is new to the veterinary field but has 20 years of experience with domestic and exotic animals. She has experience petsitting, volunteering, working in animal shelters, training, and with research. In fact, she has volunteered locally at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center training dogs in urban search and rescue, physical conditioning, and collecting data to further their research.
As a research scientist in biotech, Mariah studied taste and taste receptors: training rats (and later, humans) to become skilled taste testers. Her current per-diem research involves evaluating animal-assisted therapy for stroke patients with chronic aphasia.
Mariah graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in Psychology and Anthropology. She plans to apply to graduate programs in animal behavior and welfare in the near future.
Mariah has 2 cats (Figaro and Cleo), a Leopard Gecko (Salt), and an Amazon Milk Frog (Naveen). She and her boyfriend hope to add a dog to the family soon! In her free time, she enjoys collecting exotic plants and printmaking. She also recently became a certified Master Herpetologist.