Veronica Acosta

Veronica performs a hellbender physical exam at the National Zoo.

Veronica performs a hellbender physical exam at the National Zoo.

My job: Nurse Hellbender

Real title: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Education: Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technology Program, 2004

How I help save sallies: I collect blood samples and skin swabs from the zoo’s hellbenders for Kim’s climate change study.

Best salamander story:  How many people can say they’ve been pee’d on by a hellbender?? I can! Such an amazing species. I’m so glad to be helping!

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