Brooke grew up in the small town of Saint Michael, Pennsylvania. She has had a strong passion for caring for animals her whole life, and always planned to make a career of it. She received her degree in Psychology with a concentration on animal behavior from Westminster College. Throughout High School and College, Brooke worked at a Dog Kennel and loved being able to work with animals every day. She was also Vice President of the Pre-Veterinary Society where she helped organize fundraisers and volunteer at local shelters.
While at Westminster, Brooke had the opportunity to train Long Evans rats to play basketball and her rat, Orea, was the “Ratsketball” Champion! Brooke was also able to travel to Costa Rica, where she worked at an animal rehabilitation center called Kids Saving the Rainforest. Here, she was able to work with many species of wildlife including Kinkajous, Capuchin monkeys, and Sloths.
To incorporate her love for animals into her school experience, as part of her senior research project, Brooke studied how pets affect the well-being of their owners, to see if they acted as a means of social support, as well as a close friend. In her spare time, Brooke loves spending time with family, friends, and her dog. She loves the outdoors and finding new places to explore.