Volunteer Spotlight: Isabella Santoro

Headshot of a veterinary technician
How long have you volunteered with NOMV?

January 2021

What is your role(s) with NOMV?

I lead the Veterinary Content Committee

What's your professional role?

Veterinary Technician

What's your favorite thing about volunteering for NOMV? 

I love working with people who share a passion for acceptance and mental health within this community. NOMV is a safe place for many, including me.

Why do you volunteer for NOMV?

Mental wellbeing is an entity that is easily left behind in the veterinary field, and I want to be part of a group of experts that cultivate a very much needed change. Volunteering for NOMV is an extremely valuable way to make an impact and I love the opportunity to learn more about how to help those struggling in this field. As a veterinary technician, I have faced my fair share of field-related adversity but found support in NOMVSS, so it’s important to me to give back.

What's a fun fact about you?

I’m allergic to sloths, and I can play 3 instruments!

Where are you located?

Connecticut, USA

Why are you committed to the NOMV mission?

I’m a glutton for challenge and effective altruism, so I won’t rest until I’ve contributed something valuable to a worthy cause, one that is committed to helping so many people who devote THEIR lives to saving animal lives.

What goals do you have for the future of your profession?

Aside from growing within my position as a veterinary technician at a pharmaceutical company, I’d like to be involved in the publishing of research that pertains to mental health in the veterinary field.

What are your aspirations within NOMV?

So far, I love leading my committee and helping my members thrive. I hope I can continue to support this committee for the long haul 🙂