My name is Lindsay Guntner. I was born in Bayshore, New York and moved to central Florida during the summer of 1999. I graduated the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Biology, and concentrations in both Microbiology and Molecular Biology.
I always knew I would keep the sciences in my life since a very young age. Since high school, I was consistently involved with multiple honor societies and clubs which involved participating in many mentorships and tutoring sessions to other students. My desire to give back to the community first led me to consider a profession in veterinary medicine. I worked for almost three years as a veterinary assistant in both small animal and equine medicine and surgical facilities during my undergraduate studies mentoring under board-certified surgery specialists, emergency personnel as well as family practitioners who formed bonds with both their two-legged and four-legged clients; I truly felt part of multidisciplinary teams. At the same time, I volunteered with a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and education of special needs animals where I worked with blind and/or deaf dogs and mentored owners in the challenges, yet abilities of adopting and owning such wonderful dogs. At the young age of 20, I was accepted to be on the board for the placement and education committee. I continue to serve on that board today. I have successfully handled and trained a completely blind and deaf dog to work as an active therapy dog which now visits larger hospitals in the greater Tampa Bay area and public/private schools on the east coast of the state. During these visits, we worked with children and adults of all ages. My volunteer work has made me a stronger person, and has continuously proven to be both rewarding and enjoyable, especially where I have had the opportunity to assume leadership and mentoring of others. My work has also allowed me to become a skilled team player which is one of the many qualities important in a teaching profession, and being part of a supportive academic community. Although the interpersonal interactions with fellow rescue representatives, members of county animal educational programs, owners, families, and other volunteers continued to inspire and intensify my passion for a veterinary career, I felt a deep calling to participate more fully in the teaching field as I knew I wanted to inspire and help others achieve what they are passionate about and hold close as dreams. I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my life and pursue secondary education.