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Christina grew up in the Glendale area with her parents, her one special needs sister, and her Australian Shepherd named Lucky. Growing up, Christina's family had many different types of pets--from guinea pigs, to dogs, cats, even parakeets! Being surrounded by all these different animals as a kid and getting to take care of them, Christina was inspired to pursue a career in the veterinary field!

Christina initially did not know how to get involved in the veterinary field until she did some research after graduating high school. She later became involved in different types of rescues like Happy Strays. This is where she fell in love with taking care of the cats at the various kitten rescues. Christina also learned how to work with horses at the therapy facility for special needs children.

Once she gained some experience with these animals and felt assured in her pursuit of becoming a future veterinarian, Christina knew that she wanted to see what it is like working for a veterinary hospital. After searching for many months, she finally was able to volunteer at Rainbow Veterinary hospital in the summer of 2014 and has been here since after volunteering for 3 years. This experience lit the fire underneath her and she realized that becoming a veterinarian is what she really wants to do. Seeing all the different animals go home happy and healthy after giving them their treatments is an indescribable feeling, says Christina. She has volunteered at this hospital while also completing a Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of California, Irvine, from which she graduated in 2015. Currently, Christina has had the honor of being hired as the hospital's receptionist as she continues to work on her applications for veterinary school!

When she is not working at the hospital, Christina enjoys taking her pet Lucky on long walks in her neighborhood. She also loves to go hiking with her boyfriend at Brand Park in Glendale and see the amazing view of the city. If she is not out walking, she likes to play video games on the PS3 such as Far Cry or GTA or look at photos of Huskies that she wants to adopt in the near future!