A Penn State University graduate from Malvern, Penn., Beth Mancini traded her blue and white for red and white when her son was accepted as an NC State engineering student last fall. As a Wolfpack mom, she already had an affinity for NC State when she joined the College of Veterinary Medicine family as an animal attendant. Always an animal lover, Mancini is excited to work at such a renowned veterinary institution.
What made you want to go into veterinary medicine?
Years ago when I was in high school in the Philadelphia area I volunteered with Dr. Phyllis Lose, the first woman equine veterinarian, on farm calls and I loved it. I’ve always enjoyed working with animals and often volunteered with different organizations from zoos to shelters, wherever we lived. I grew up with horses, so this role has really come full circle for me.
What will you be doing in your new role?
As an animal attendant in the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center, I provide husbandry for all of the equine and farm animals in our hospital and handle patients during tests and procedures like radiographs or bone scans. I also help maintain a clean and sanitary hospital.
What are you most excited about in your new role?
Being part of a team and learning a lot. Every day is so different, which is great for me. I’m a “do-it” kind of person and I’m afraid I might get bored if everything is the same all the time.
What is your background?
I majored in international politics at Penn State University. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I graduated, so I worked in the retail world and hotel management for a while. Then I stayed home for 15 years to raise my family.
While I was at home, I gained a lot of experience volunteering. I volunteered at the Akron Zoo for nine years when we lived in Ohio, handling the animal ambassadors for educational programs. When we moved to Wake Forest, I began volunteering at the Duke Lemur Center doing animal husbandry with the lemurs.
This is my first time back in the full-time work force, and I love it.
What’s something someone would be surprised to learn about you?
I have a pet turtle, a red eared slider named Bob, and two rescue dogs from Saving Grace. Daisy is our pitbull and Otis is our pitbull mix.
It might not be a surprise, but I’m a lemur lover and love to spend time with them.
When you’re not on campus, where could we find you?
You could find me on my patio with my dogs or at an NC State sporting event cheering on the Wolfpack. My husband and I love football and recently got really into basketball now that we live in the Triangle.
Visit the NC State Veterinary Hospital Equine Services page for more information about our specialized equine care.