When your first word is “cat,” it may be an indication that your life’s mission will involve working with animals. That’s certainly the case for Dr. Mary Thurber, a second-year resident with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Zoological Medicine Service. The three-year residency program begins with a one-year rotation through the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the Sacramento Zoo. Now Thurber is spending her second year at the San Diego Zoo, and she’s continuing to add to her impressive lifelong list of accomplishments.

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