Studying Connections Between Human and Animal Health Miami Dade College alumna Crystal Serrano’s interest in animals was ignited at age 6 while on a family walk. “My father stopped all of a sudden and picked up an injured bird,” Serrano said. “We took it home, and I helped to care for it. I loved the experience.” Fast forward to the present, and Serrano is now on track to becoming a veterinarian, part of the class of 2020 at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Serrano began her college career at MDC and then transferred to Tuskegee University to finish her bachelor’s degree after receiving a prestigious MDC Tuskegee Distinguished Presidential Scholarship Award. The scholarship covers her tuition, books, fees and partial room and board. When it came time to look at graduate veterinary programs, she didn’t have to look far. Tuskegee is a beacon for aspiring veterinarians and graduates the highest number of minority students in veterinary science in the country. Serrano is looking forward to a future traveling the world and bringing her talents to those who need them. She has a particular interest in the “one health” concept, a cross-disciplinary effort that recognizes the interdependence of humans, animals and the environment. “It’s important to track and control zoonotic diseases, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, like the avian flu,” she said. “Working on public health initiatives could take me to places where there is more need of my expertise.”
Published by Miami Dade College. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/All+Creatures+Great+And+Small/2952952/457024/article.html.