Jennifer Nix BVSc was born and raised in the town of Normal, Illinois. She has always had a love and a fascination for all creatures, and wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of four. She has always had a special interest in exotics, ever since she started volunteering at the local zoo when she was twelve.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from the University of Hawaii in 2009, and earned her Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2013. Over the years, from high school and up until now, she has volunteered in numerous zoos and has done externships in zoo and wildlife facilities, including Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield Illinois, the Wildlife Hospital at her vet school, and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. She has a special interest in aquatic animals, including fish, aquatic invertebrates, and amphibians, and is currently working towards an Aquatic Veterinary Certification through the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA). She is also a member of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV). She welcomes seeing fish in clinical practice.
She has some critters of her own: Madeline, her Chihuahua-Terrier, 3 fish, Domo, the Betta, Staryu, the Asian Stone catfish, and Kekoa, the Bluefin Killifish. She also has one ghost shrimp. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, hanging out at the beach, and looking at fish in petshops or in aquariums.