Elsbeth Centola grew up in Central Oregon where there is a large population of small ruminants, particularly dairy goats and camelids. She very much enjoyed working with camelids with the mixed-animal practitioners she mentored with.
Having clinical experience with camelids prior to veterinary school has benefited Elsbeth in large animal medicine and surgery courses and in theriogenology when working with camelids. During her undergraduate studies, one of the professors in animal sciences was a DVM and a camelid medicine specialist who offered weekend experience with camelids, and Elsbeth attended to husbandry, nutrition and veterinary care when needed.
Elsbeth hopes to continue to work with camelids since she plans to settle in Central Oregon in the future. Being sufficient in camelid medicine would give her a leg up in a mixed animal practice in the area. Congratulations!