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Summer Internships in Costa Rica - Instructor

Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine

Lisa Tell

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School of Veterinary Medicine  

Lisa Tell, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (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.”