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Sims - House Sitter - Wareham, MA, USA

Michele Sims

Wareham, MA, USA


House Sitter


As a home owner for 17 years, I have plenty of experience with repairs and maintenance of landscape and structures. Painting, drywalling, installing wood ceilings and floors, etc. I have experience in the care of all types of pets, livestock, and exotic and wild animals.

I have also worked in the field where I was living in shared living quarters and responsible of maintenance and cleanliness of the space.

I am a friendly, outgoing and detail oriented person.

Work History

Staff Veterinarian

Buttonwood Park Zoo

From July 2007

Responsible for providing primary clinical medical care to the zoo's collection including birds, reptiles, amphibians,
marine and terrestrial mammals.
• Overseeing design and maintenance of aquatic life support systems.
• Assisting in zoo master planning.
• Participating in collaborative research projects.


University of New England, Marine Animal Care Center

From May 2006

• Providing both onsite and telephone support to assist in clinical care of cetaceans, pinnepeds and sea turtles.
• Primary clinical contact for sea turtles and cetaceans
• Participating in collaborative research projects including health surveillance of wild populations for publication.

Associate Veterinarian, part-time

National Marine Life Center

October 2005 - September 2008

• Responsible for providing primary clinical medical care to stranded sea turtles and pinnepeds
• Supervising animal medical care staff
• Overseeing design and maintenance of aquatic life support system, including mechanical and biological
filtration and ozone disinfecting.
• Assisting in new hospital design and implementations as well as upgrades to current facility.
• Participating in collaborative research projects including health surveillance of wild populations for publication
Providing any support required by the organization, e.g. construction and plumbing projects, errands for supplies,
public education, etc.

Contract Veterinarian

New England Aquarium

November 2005 - July 2007

, part-time
• Assisting with clinical care of entire aquarium collection including fish, reptiles, mammals, and avian species.
• Providing support to other zoological institutions as needed.

Veterinarian, Part-time

Cape Cod Wildlife Center

July 2005 - December 2005

Provided primary medical care and rehabilitation to a variety of local New England Wildlife.

Associate Veterinarian

Chase Farm Veterinary Hospital

July 2004 - July 2005

Provided primary medical care to domestic small animals and some exotics.

Conservation Medicine Intern - Sea Turtle Health Assessment Study, NY

Wildlife Trust

July 2003 - November 2003

• Performed physical exams and obtained tissue and blood samples from sea turtles caught in pound nets.
• Assisted Riverhead Foundation Staff with treatment, necropsies and stranding response of marine mammals and sea turtles.

Field Researcher

Ian Nisbit & Co

May 2003 - July 2004

• Collected blood and feather samples and morphometrics from Common Terns at five sites in Buzzards Bay.
• Evaluated blood smears for abnormal cell morphology, est. white cell count, differential.

9/00-1/02Institute of Ecosystem Studies - part time Scientific Researcher
• Participated in a study to determine prevalence and co-infection of Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia microti, Ehrlichia spp., and Rickettsia rickettsii in Ixodes scapularis, and Dermacentor variabilis using DNA extraction and PCR.

Tufts University Center for Conservation Medicine Scholarship, Mentor - Dr. Colin Gillin


June 2001 - July 2001

Working in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and the University of Montana, serologic survey of small mammals in Charles Russell National Wildlife Refuge to look for evidence of exposure to Yersinia pestes.

Mentor - Dr. Richard Ostfeld

Tufts University Center

June 2000 - August 2000

Using Sherman traps, trapped weighed, sexed and ear-tagged, chipmunks (Tamias striatus), and white-footed mice
(Peromyscus leucoptus) and counted larval and nymphal ticks on each ear and head.
• Mist-netted, weighed, wing and tarsus measured, sexed, leg banded woodthrushes (Hylociehla mustelina), and veeries (Catharus fuscescens).
• Set Pitfall trap arrays to capture short-tailed shrews (Blarina brevicauda).
• Collected deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) using transect drag sampling, and tested for Borrelia burgdorferi using immunoflouresence assay (IFA).

Scientific Research Diver

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

July 1998 - September 1998

Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
• Dove with Ph.D. student taking census and observing group size decisions of Dascyllus albisella.
• Measured and recorded total length, and tagged D. albisella for release and recapture.


Honolulu Zoo Veterinary Clinic for Dr

October 1998 - July 1999

Ben Okimoto
• Fed and cared for clinic patients.
• Assisted on calls to animals requiring attention throughout the zoo, necropsies and surgical procedures.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow

Conservation Genetics, University of HI, Dr. George Roderick

August 1998 - July 1999

• Learned extraction, PCR, cloning, and sequencing techniques.
• Attempted to identify virus unique to Ceratitis capitata to be used as a marker for identifying geographic of C. capitata populations. Some positive bands for Iridovirus identified in Maui populations.

Volunteer Hawaiian Monk Seal Trainer

Waikiki Aquarium

June 1998 - November 1998

Kept Hawaiian Monk Seals accustomed to human handling through training sessions and daily examinations to facilitate non-invasive research and physical examinations to occur without restraint.

Hawaii Sea Grant Research Fellow

Kaneohe Bay

June 1998 - September 1998

, Oahu, Hawaii - Mentor - Dr. John Stimpson
• Researched information on ecology and behavior of Octopus cyanea as observed in labs and in natural environment.
• Snorkeled Kaneohe Bay laying transects and recording number of active dens and octopuses observed.
• Prepared a scientific paper reporting results of data and interpretations for Sea Grant and DNR.

part time consultant

GTE Hawaiian Tel

October 1997 - July 1999

Trained GTE technicians on use of Motorola Frame relay equipment


Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

November 1997 - March 1998

Hawaii for Dr. Leonard Freed
• Mist-netted, sexed weighed, measured, drew blood from birds including Apapane, Japanese White Eye, I'iwi.


Marine Lab

June 1997 - August 1997

at University of Rhode Island for Dr. Stanley Cobb
• Pump sampling for crab larvae, counted, tagged, measured, weighed, and sexed lobsters in Narraganset Bay.

Product Support Engineer

Motorola ISG

June 1995 - July 1997

Provided technical support: Routers, modems, CSU/DSUs, Frame Relay, X.25, ISDN, IP, IPX.

Senior Network Analyst

Cognos Corporation

April 1991 - June 1995

Installed and Managed Corporate Voice and Data Network for 15 US offices.

Computer Coordinator

Middlesex Community College

February 1989 - April 1991

Maintained computer hardware and software, Data communications, and AT&T telephone system.

Qualifications & Certifications

Medicine Elective

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine


Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine


Middlesex Community College

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