Stephanie is a veterinary medical student at Colorado State University and was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She said she wanted to become a veterinarian ever since she was a little girl.

“My grandma once told me that when I used to play with my stuffed animals, I said to every single one of them that one day I was going to cure them all,” Stephanie said. For her studies, Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and completed her Master’s in Toxicology at Colorado State.

Stephanie said she is interested in small animal emergency medicine.

In 2016, Stephanie traveled to Ecuador to volunteer on mobile clinics where they went to different communities to bring medical services. She also used to volunteer weekly at the Children’s Cancer Hospital in her hometown to deliver toys and coloring books to the kids, and coffee or hot chocolate for the family members.

During her undergrad at Rio Piedras, she volunteered at various veterinary clinics to see if veterinary medicine was her passion in life. She’s also worked with the exotics department at Colorado State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and at an elephant sanctuary in Arkansas. Currently, Stephanie works at Colorado State’s small animal teaching hospital as a technician.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys a good Netflix binge and cuddling with her Chihuahua-mix dog, Bengie. According to Stephanie, Bengie is a cuddler and loves to meet new people and other pets, especially big dogs.

“He is definitely the love of my life!” Stephanie said.

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