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Michelle Szydlowski MA Student, Anthrozoology

I am an instructor at a veterinary technician training college in Colorado. My specialties include avian, reptile and amphibian husbandry and nursing. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in anthrozoology through the University of Exeter. My research interests include conservation and educational travel, motivations of humans in animal preferences, training companion animal nurses in wildlife care, exploring human/wildlife conflict and coexistence in the US and Nepal, and preserving populations of wild animals globally.

In prior years, I taught various age groups (from 2-90) as a public school teacher, an instructor for the Colorado History Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Denver Zoo. The last ten years have been spent working as a veterinary technician in various hospitals and at a wild bird rescue and rehab.

For 22 years, I have been a volunteer with the Denver Zoo, working in the pachyderm and primate buildings as well as the hospital. My passion lies in my work with Team Nepalorado, a group traveling to Nepal to create relationships with the Nepali people and assist with rhino conservation in the Chitwan and Bardia National Park zones (at the request of animal organizations in Nepal).
Additionally, I have spent many years as a volunteer with various shelters, including those focusing on donkeys and companion animals.