We would like to give a warm welcome to our newest intern Kristen Steinbacher! Kristen joins us after recently completing her bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth. In addition to interning here at the NMLC she is also a full time Veterinary Assistant with Tufts VETS Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room where she has worked for the past six years. Kristen has experience monitoring patients, preforming labratory and blood testing, assisting with treatments and x-rays, as well as keeping a cleanly patient environment. All of these skills will be put to good use here at the National Marine Life Center, especially as we prepare to admit our first patient into the new sea turtle ward!
Kristen’s marine background includes experience with the New England Aquarium as a Lobster Husbandry Volunteer, and courses in invertebrate marine biology, biology of marine mammals, and oceanography. Kristen is also currently working towards her open water SCUBA certification.
While at the NMLC Kristen will be assisting with the husbandry of our patients, assisting with medical treatments, preparing animal diets, conducting water quality tests, assisting with volunteer training, blogging on our website and assisting with educational programs. Kristen hopes her experiences here will aid her on the road to a career in Marine Biology. She aspires to work with sharks or marine mammals. We hope that Kristen will enjoy her time at the National Marine Life Center and gain valuable experiences that she can use in the future.