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Scott Echols

Scott has always been fascinated by animals and understanding how their various body systems work together in health and disease. This curiosity naturally led him to become a veterinarian. Scott grew up in Dallas, Texas, and completed his undergraduate and veterinary school studies at Texas A&M University. From there he moved to California to complete a residency in bird medicine and surgery, and currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Today, Scott helps run the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project, a collaborative effort to develop the technology needed to define the anatomy of this popular pet and endangered bird. This work is responsible for the creation of detailed anatomic descriptions, new disease diagnostic techniques, new imaging technologies, and even new treatments for a wide array of animals, including humans. Scott’s favourite aspect of the project is working with brilliant people to solve problems related to human and animal health and disease. In essence, he gets to help researchers find answers that will change the world.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys just about any outdoor activity, including hiking, snowboarding and ice climbing. He has also created educational videos that have been viewed and used as teaching tools around the world, and is a talented artist – two of his paintings have been on the cover of the ‘Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery’. Scott also uses his art skills in some of his publications.

He says: “My best advice is what has been given to me and countless others – pursue what you love with relentless passion. If possible, find mentors who are truly excited about their career and are willing to share with interested students.”