I spent the majority of my childhood and youth in Long Island, New York. From a very young age my family, particularly my mother, encouraged my love for animals and science. Growing up we always had a wide variety of pets ranging from dogs and cats to saltwater fish, lizards, birds, and small exotic mammals. I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina for undergraduate studies where I pursued a degree in political science and a minor in economics. Post-graduation I become a paralegal with the intentions of applying to law school. After experiencing the world of law and several careers thereafter, I re-discovered my love for animals and science. I went back to school in Illinois and started working as a veterinary assistant and decided I wanted to become a veterinarian. I attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where I received my veterinary degree and here I am today!
In my free time I enjoy exploring zoos, hiking, intramural sports, playing the guitar, painting, reading, board games, spending time with friends, eating great food, and taking walks with my dog and best friend Andre 3000.
Clinical Areas of Interest
- Emergency Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- General Practice
Why Do You Work at Friendship
I chose to work at Friendship Hospital for Animals because they promote a unique, warm, and inviting hospital culture. They have en excellent reputation throughout the veterinary community and I knew my training would be exceptional. I was also drawn to the diversity of specialty services they have to offer their clients and patients.
- University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- North Carolina State University, Bachelor of Arts; Major: Political Science, Minor: Economics
Publications and Research
Sommerkamp A, Weigle A, Das A. Phytocannabinoid metabolism by canine cytochrome P450s. (Manuscript, 2018; Poster presented at the National Veterinary Scholar Symposium at Texas A&M University, 2018)