Love Tech | Chamber Charity of choice 2021-2023 | Monthly update | Mentoring Matters | April 2022

As part of our regular monthly update, we’ll be sharing news about our upcoming events, latest initiatives and introducing you to some of the amazing Love Tech mentors, all working in STEM.

Date: Friday 29 April 2022

Rachel Jarvis, Love Tech 

Meet Rachel Jarvis, a zoological scientist with a passion for animal health and welfare, nature and species conservation. 

Growing up, Rachel’s two favourite things were (and still are) animals and science. In high school, she did work experience at the Curraghs Wildlife Park, veterinary practices, the MSPCA, on farms, as well as in South Africa.

Rachel has since completed a BSc in Bio Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, followed by an MSc in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Chester. For both research dissertations she chose to be at Chester Zoo, where her first project looked in detail at the social bonds of female Asian elephants and her second focused on the enclosure use and welfare of chimpanzees.

Once University, Rachel did several volunteer roles, including;

Rachel is currently finishing a PhD, to tie together her veterinary science background and passion for conservation and zoo animal welfare. She’s investigating heart disease, serum biomarkers and vitamin D levels in great apes living in zoos across the world. She hopes to better understand, diagnose and prevent fatal heart disease in our closest animal cousins, and her research is part of the Ape Heart Project at Twycross Zoo.

Once complete, she plans to pursue a career as a Zoo Scientist, continuing to be an ambassador for animal health and welfare and for the vital role modern zoos play in species conservation.

She strongly believes in encouraging young people into STEM and is thrilled to be a Love Tech mentor.

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