The Atlantic Region’s New Faces:
Isabel (Siheng) Xie:
Isabel is a rising third-year student in Atlantic Veterinary College Class of 2023. She was born and raised in Beijing, China and moved to Canada in 2015 to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto. In addition to her interest in small animal practice, Isabel has always been passionate about wildlife medicine and she is excited to join the CWHC team. This summer, she will be working with the CWHC Atlantic node to identify and characterize plastic pollution in the wildlife of Atlantic Canada.
Quinn is the new Summer Student Assistant in Wildlife Pathology at the AVC. His work this summer will be assisting with routine necropsies of diagnostic cases, managing case submissions for the CWHC database as well as other field work that may be required. Quinn is originally from Barrie, Ontario and moved to PEI to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is currently a third-year student at the Atlantic Veterinary College with special interests in Pathology, Surgery and Small Animal Internal Medicine. In his spare time he enjoys reading, cooking, playing sports and spending time with family and friends.”
Olivia Galeuzzi is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a second-year student at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI. This summer, as a VetSRA student, Olivia will be working on a student research project which aims to shed light on the distribution and diversity of helminths in eastern coyotes and red foxes on PEI. Additionally, this project will include targeted surveillance for Angiostrongylus vasorum (French Heartworm), to better understand its presence on the island. She is co-supervised by Dr. Melanie Buote and Dr. Megan Jones, and will be working with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Atlantic Node.
Amanda Clark is a new wildlife anatomic pathology resident working in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College. She attended veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College and graduated in May of 2021. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but has loved living on PEI these past four years. Amanda worked as a necropsy summer student with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative in 2019 and enjoyed helping with necropsies on many different species, including three North Atlantic Right Whales. She will be working primarily with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative this summer and will transition to domestic cases in the fall. She has two cats, a dog, a beta fish and an African Pygmy hedgehog at home, who constantly keep her on her toes. Amanda is very excited to be working alongside many of her mentors and professors from vet school and looks forward to learning from them during her residency. In her free time, Amanda enjoys cooking, baking sourdough bread and gardening. She hopes to grow many different vegetables in her garden this summer.