People & Places
Dr. Flint is Head of the Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. In close collaboration with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds this program aims to train residents and veterinary students in conservation medicine. Mark is also Director of Vet-MARTI and an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland.
Since 1995, he has conducted wildlife and marine research and investigations in Australia and the USA and continues to lead active research programs in both countries.
Dr. Flint's research areas focus on identifying prevalent and emerging diseases in marine and freshwater animal species as they relate to environmental and commercial stressors. The overarching theme to his investigations is to identify anthropogenic and natural pressures that will impact on the survivorship of species and health of the ecosystem. He takes a multi-species approach to this investigation concentrating on fauna that offer potential as a sentinel of ecohealth for their environmental niche. He is widely published on these topics in continuing education, journals and book chapters.
Dr. Flint is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University. She is a marine biologist with over a decade experience working with sea turtles, sirenia and crocodilians. Before completing her PhD through The University of Queensland, she worked for state departments of the environment in Queensland and Florida as well as not for profit conservation facilities. She is also a qualified secondary school teacher in science and marine biology.
Jay’s research focuses on interfacing with stakeholders and field collection of data to create large scale databases and generate predictive models. The outputs guide rehabilitation centers, administrators and first responders in the management of strandings and other mass morbidity issues post catastrophic environmental events. Her interests include threatened species conservation, education and research and how these disciplines can be better combined to understand ecosystem health and mitigate negative environmental impacts.
Dr. Hale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and also serves as part of the Infectious Diseases Institute at The Ohio State University. Her research examines the role of the gut microbiome in infectious diseases with the goal of understanding how the microbiome shapes disease susceptibility and pathogenesis in both humans and animals, including wildlife. She evaluates disease processes within the context of environmental factors such as diet, toxin exposures, and habitat (e.g. wild vs. captive, urban vs. rural). The overarching goal of her work is to identify ways in which we can manipulate the microbiome in order to prevent or treat disease. Hale Lab Website: http://u.osu.edu/hale.502/
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is an international leader in conservation medicine with more than 70 projects in 30 countries examining the conservation and/or restoration of critical species and habitat. In-staff expertise in primate conservation and marine ecosystem restoration has resulted in a positive global impact.
Along with Ohio State and The Wilds, the Zoo is an equal partner in the ACZM-accredited Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health residency program offered through the university. Mentored by Drs. Randy Junge, Priya Bapodra-Villaverde and Katie Seeley, residents receive world-class training in conservation medicine. These clinicians and adjunct faculty within CVM also lecture veterinary students in zoological medicine and offer competitive veterinary externships.
The Wilds is an international leader in conservation medicine being one of the largest conservation facility in North America tackling the restoration of several key species locally and around the world. In-staff expertise in veterinary management of large herds in large pastures, primate conservation, exotic hoof stock and pachyderms has helped secure The Wilds as a globally important conservation site.
Along with Ohio State and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds is an equal partner in the ACZM-accredited Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health residency program offered through the university. Mentored by Dr. Jan Ramer, residents receive world-class training in conservation medicine. These clinicians and adjunct faculty within CVM also lecture veterinary students in zoological medicine and offer competitive veterinary externships.
Dr. Tamara Kruse (2nd Year Zoo Resident)
Dr. Kruse graduated from Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Afterwards, she completed a small animal rotating internship at a private-practice in Long Island, NY. She moved to Orlando, Florida to practice small and exotic companion animal medicine and volunteered at Brevard Zoo. Prior to acceptance into the residency program, she was a veterinary intern at the Indianapolis Zoo. She is undertaking a Masters degree examining the effects of alfaxalone as a field anesthetic agent in mallard ducks. Her interests lie in the application of veterinary medicine to species of conservation concern.
Dr. Andrea Aplasca (1st Year Zoo Resident)
Dr. Aplasca graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery in New York City, NY. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Aplasca worked as a licensed veterinary technician for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and she completed a Master’s degree in biology and ecology at Fordham University. Her thesis focused on the population genetics of endangered species and implications for wildlife conservation. She has also studied disease and environmental contaminants in free-ranging wildlife, and she joins the residency program with a special interest in anthropogenic impacts on ecosystem and wildlife health.