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Trina Wood in a baseball cap holding a hawk
Trina holds a 9-week-old golden eagle. She tagged along with a team of researchers and veterinarians who visited a nest site in the East Bay to test for possible mites. (Courtesy photo)

Veterinary Medicine’s ‘Jill of All Trades’ 

You can call me a communications “Jill of All Trades.” My family and friends called me “Dr. Dolittle” while growing up. I constantly brought home abandoned kittens, puppies and baby birds. (Or the neighbors dropped them off for me!)

It’s not really surprising that I ended up at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 after varied gigs as a freelance science journalist, television producer and magazine editor.

I earned a bachelor’s of science degree from UC Davis in physical anthropology — ask me about the summer dig along Cache Creek, where  a rattlesnake seemed to appear every 100 feet (and I had my 5-year-old daughter in tow).  At UC Berkeley, I earned a master’s in journalism.

What drives me?

Curiosity. It makes me search for the coolest part of even the deepest science story. And I thrive on learning new technology from photography to iPhone videography.

Most memorable vacation

Taking a dirt road in the Eastern Sierra to find petroglyphs and ghost towns, sleeping under the stars to a coyote serenade, and waking to the nickering of wild horses near a desert spring.

Guilty pleasure

Reading a book with my feet up on the porch, a cat in my lap and glass of wine in hand.

Contact me at 530-752-5257 or tjwood@ucdavis.edu and learn more about me on LinkedIn.

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