As the McCarter Global Health Intern, Dr. Jennifer Yu applies her veterinary background to the conservation of endangered wildlife species around the world. Currently, she provides research support and assists with the management of various wildlife health and conservation projects, proving to be a valuable addition to the Global Health team.
Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Intern
B.S. and D.V.M., University of California at Davis; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Dr. Yu received her bachelor's degree and her D.V.M. from UC Davis in 2011 and 2016, respectively. During her education, she participated in raptor surveys, research in fish conservation and physiology, and wildlife rehabilitation. She also completed clinical externships with the National Wildlife Research Center, New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She then pursued a master’s degree in conservation medicine at Tufts University, during which she worked at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center to evaluate noninvasive sampling methods to detect white-nose syndrome in North American bats.
After a short stint in general practice, Dr. Yu is ready to grow her research and conservation interests with the Global Health Program. She has a strong interest in population health and wildlife epidemiology. In an increasingly crowded globe, Dr. Yu aims to apply her veterinary knowledge and ecology background toward mitigating anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss and securing a future for endangered species.