Dr. Elena Cox grew up in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech, and graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM in 2018. Dr. Cox had an interest in wildlife biology and conservation from an early age and spent much of her free time in college volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation facilities and the Virginia Tech chapter of The Wildlife Society. While completing her veterinary education, she had the opportunity to collaborate with federal and international wildlife management agencies to conduct avian influenza monitoring studies and develop revised Salmonella and Mycoplasma screening protocol for interstate movement of wild turkeys. After graduating from veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth, MA. While she enjoyed the opportunity to build clinical skills in a fast-paced small animal emergency hospital, she is excited to be working with wildlife, particularly birds, again. Her professional interests include avian medicine, population dynamics and health, and emerging infectious disease at the wildlife-human-livestock interface. When not at work, she is an avid hiker and bird watcher.