Dr. Monica Capella, a recent Phi Zeta graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, joined the Calvert Veterinary team in June. A Maryland native, she started volunteering with animals through Last Chance Animal Rescue, Maryland Therapeutic riding and other organizations at the age of 13. She majored in animal sciences at the University of Maryland College Park, and during her time as an undergraduate, she spent several weeks studying cheetah, lion and leopard behavior in South Africa, working as a teaching assistant, and serving as a veterinary technician in College Park. She graduated with honors as a Maryland Terp and life sciences scholar, looking forward to continuing her journey as a Virginia Tech Hokie.
During veterinary school, Capella continued her teaching assistant position, held executive positions in Companion Animal Club and her class board, and became a student ambassador serving Blacksburg and the local community. Over four years, she also fostered more than 30 animals, which have all found happy homes. One of those animals, a blue pitbull named Nova, spends her time snoozing on Capella’s couch with her feline sisters, Luna and Estrellita.
Capella has a special interest in small animal internal medicine and is excited to join the Calvert Veterinary team to continue learning and serving as an active member of the veterinary community on local, national and international levels. Although her time in Virginia has been filled with wonderful adventures, she is excited to return home to crab feasts, strolling around downtown Baltimore, joining local soccer teams and spending the occasional lazy day relaxing at the National Arboretum.