2017 House Officers Choosen

Once again some great young veterinarians will be traveling to NCSU to further their careers in zoological medicine.   Selected from an amazingly talented pool of candidates, the EMC is excited to announce our three new house officers, who will start their programs in mid-July.

Dr. Greg Scott

Dr. Greg Scott is the most familiar with NCSU and the EMC having completed his DVM here in 2012 having won the Clinical Proficiency in Invertebrate Medicine Award.   He then complted the challenging National Marine Mammal Foundation/Sea World sponosred internship with the U.S. Marinem Mammal LLProgram in San Diego, California.  From the Navy program he took positions in Zoological Companion Animal Medicine and worked as a relief veterinarian for the Californial Science Center, the Nationa Marine Mammal Foundation and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, where he rose to a staff veterinarian position.  He will be coming to Raleigh directly from San Diego where he has recently taken on a staff veterinarian position with the Navy’s Marine Mammal Program.  We are excited to have Dr. Scott back home with us as our newest aquatic health focused zoological medicine resident.


Dr. Meghan Louis

Dr. Meghan Louis (prounounced Louie), a Captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps, will be traveling from her current duty station as the officer in charge of the Spangdahlem Veterinary Treatment Facility in Germany to become our first wildlife focused zoological medicine resident in several years.  Dr. Louis will follow in a proud tradition of wildlife residents at NCSU supported by the U.S. Military.   A 2008 graduate of Ross who finished her clinical year at The Ohio State University, Dr. Louis will bring 5 years of experience as a mixed animal practitioner and over 4 years as a military officer as her foundation to support her residency studies.   Just to make things even more challenging, Dr. Louis will be working to complete an M.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology under her graduate committee of Drs. Michael Stoskopf, Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, Tara Harrison and Craig Harms, while she is completing her residency.

Dr. Louis has a strong passion contribute to the deeper culture of conservation and policy within the federal government.  At the completion of her 3 year residency she will return to the military for a minimum of 5 years additional service.  There she hopes to be involved in working with the management of wildlife on military lands and in support of military programs.   The U.S. Military manages wildlife on more acreage than the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Park Service.

Dr. Louis, ever versatile, diagnoses a cell phone, not a routine patient.


Dr. Emma Houck

Dr. Emma Houck will be our newest ZCA Intern in the EAMS service.  She comes to us directly from her small animal medicine and surgery internship with Blue Pearl in Davis, California.  A 2016 DVM graduate of U.C. Davis, Dr. Houck has had experience at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and at the Kansas City Zoo during her DVM education, and Disney World prior to entering her DVM program.  We are looking forward to having her on our team.

Jellyfish at the CVM?

No, unfortunately they are not on public display, but it’s true: there are live jellyfish at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Currently a quartet of Aurelia aurita, or Moon Jellyfish, are living in special jellyfish tanks designed to keep the delicate invertebrates comfortable and robust as part of Fisheries & Wildlife Conservation Biology Masters student Mary Doerr’s thesis research efforts.

Moon Jellyfish have arrived at the CVM

The jellyfish arrived in February and are currently acclimating to their new environment. Mary, who is a member of Dr. Michael Stoskopf’s laboratory group, is studying the  physiology and metabolism of jellyfish using moon jellies (A. aurita) as her model.  A key part of her thesis will be characterizing the metabolome of moon jelly fish using NMR spectroscopy.  She hopes to use that information to then study their biochemical adaptations to environmental challenges such as increased temperature, to help us better understand what drives jellyfish blooms that seem to be occurring with increasing frequency in ocean waters around the globe.

Moon Jellyfish in their specialized 5- gallon habitats that provide proper current and water conditions.

After preliminary pilot studies being conducted at the CVM, plans are for moon jelly fish to be among the first animals to be studied using the 4.7T horizontal research magnet in the Marine Magnetic Resonance Facility at CMAST in Morehead City.  Mary’s husbandry work at CVM is already informing her designs for a life support system for jellyfish that fits inside the magnet and will allow individual live jellyfish to be studied repeatedly without harm.


Moon Jellyfish in action

So you want to be in movies

Rob Nelson presents a personable lobster

Lots of what we do in the EMC is interesting to others, and we want to share what we are up to.  However, making a short, informative, and well put together video is not something that just happens.  Enter Emmy award winning natural science communication videographer Rob Nelson.  A man with a mission, Rob’s CV includes a masters degree in marine biology as well as one in science communication.  With many years experience refining his videography techniques, he was willing to take on the challenge of transferring key lessons he has learned in his illustrious career to the EMC graduate students, houseofficers, DVM students and even some faculty.

After a rapid paced hour of instruction focused on the best ways to gather GoPro footage, Rob put the class to a practical hands on test.  Everyone, toting their GoPro along, moved to the Turtle Team space for an hour of interaction and the shooting of “B- Roll”.  At the end of the session we all downloaded our work to Rob so that he could demonstrate how such materials can be edited into short, informative science communications.

Here is a very short film edited by Rob Nelson about the Turtle Team


And here, for those of you who could not be with us, is a 5 minute synopsis of the key things we learned from Rob, featuring footage obtained while we learned it and starring EMC house officers, graduate students and DVM students.

Look for more videos here on the EMC website in the future.