CROW Feather: Ana D. González
Where are you from?
“I am originally from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.”
What is your position at CROW?
“I am a veterinary extern student.”
How long have you worked at CROW?
What is your favorite animal and why?
“I have a great admiration for big exotic felines. I find them incredibly majestic. Their agile movements and complex behaviors, including social interaction and hunting techniques, fascinate me. As apex predators, they play a crucial role in maintaining the health of their ecosystems. Most of them use a stalk and ambush tactic, which requires a deep understanding of their environment and an incredible amount of patience, cognitive abilities and independence. The way they effortlessly perform these skills is truly impressive.”
What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?
“Staying active both physically and mentally is important to me, and I find that connecting with nature is a great way to achieve this. I have a strong interest in discovering new places and trying out local food. My preferred activities include hiking, visiting beaches and freshwater locations. Spending quality time with my pets, as well as family and friends, is also something I really enjoy.”
What are some of your goals or aspirations for the future?
“After completing my veterinary degree, I aspire to pursue advanced training in exotic and wildlife animal medicine. To achieve this goal, I plan to apply for a specialty or rotating internship this year, which will help me gain the necessary experience. Later, I intend to apply for an ACZM residency program to become a board-certified zoo and wildlife veterinarian.”