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Ag Science and Sustainability Internships in Costa Rica

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Lisa Tell 

School of Veterinary Medicine

Department Bio

Lisa Tell, DVM is the Director of the UC Davis Hummingbird Health and the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (Western Region) Programs.  She has been a full-time faculty member with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine since 1994. Dr Tell received her BS and DVM degrees from UC Davis. She did her internship and residency at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC.  She is board certified with the American College of Zoological Medicine and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Specialty).  From 1994-2006, Dr. Tell was the Chief of Service for the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis.  During Dr. Tell’s academic career her research has focused on diagnosing and treating infectious avian diseases

A Message to Students and Parents

“Being a veterinarian has allowed me to have experiences that have highlighted the importance of ecosystem health. I currently work with urban wildlife  (hummingbirds) and livestock species; therefore, topics such as urban landscapes and organic farming are an essential component of my work. I am very eager to learn about your experiences while interning in Costa Rica and how your horizons are broadened. Your internship might also apply to your future career goals and I am looking forward to your journey in reflecting how you can use your hands-on knowledge in real-life applications. Having visited Costa Rica for scientific meetings, I can appreciate the beauty that the country has to offer and I look forward to connecting with you while you are working there.”

What Students Are Saying

“Overall my internship experience allowed me to grow as a person, meet people from around the world, and learn more about sustainable agricultural and environmental practices that I can apply in the future.”

“This was an awesome experience and I had so much fun exploring Costa Rica. Personally, I found the experience rewarding.”

“Beyond providing me with hands-on experience on sustainable agriculture, I learned a lot about how to travel safely and make the most of my time in another country.”

“It exceeded my goals in many instances. I learned so much Spanish, and was inspired to self-start. The program was less structured than I thought it would be, but this ultimately guided me to be more independent.”