Christian Capobianco

My name is Christian Capobianco and I am thrilled to be a member of the NCSU CVM class of 2023. I am originally from Wantagh, NY and moved to Holly Springs, NC prior to attending NCSU for my undergraduate degree. I graduated in Fall of 2018 with my B.S. in Animal Science.

I have always had a passion for zoological medicine and began gaining experience within the veterinary field during high school. Throughout my time at NCSU, I was afforded a variety of opportunities to explore this passion including the opportunity to study abroad. During my undergraduate career, I worked as a veterinary nurse and was able to put my passion for education to use by working as a camp coordinator and teaching assistant.

I was very involved in research being performed at the Blikslager lab and was able to get involved in a project involving the recovery of intestinal barrier function following ischemic injury. In the future, I hope to continue working with exotics and wildlife as a board-certified zoological veterinarian.

Veterinary Experience:

  • Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation Veterinary Department (Thailand)
  • Mobile Wildlife Veterinary Practice (South Africa)
  • Zoo Miami Animal Health Department
  • Small Animal / Exotics General Practice
  • Equine / Food Animal Mobile Practice

Animal Experience:

  • Conservation Education Presenter Intern (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Volunteer (NC Zoo)
  • Duke Lemur Center Animal Care Assistant
  • Exotic Animal Rescue Facility Husbandry and Education Volunteer
  • Horseback Riding Camp Counselor

Research Experience:

  • Undergraduate Researcher in NCSU CVM Gastrointestinal Physiology Laboratory
  • Honors Thesis: “The Role of Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoforms in the Recovery of Porcine Intestinal Barrier Function”

Honors / Awards:

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Dean’s List
  • University Honors Program
  • CALS Honors Program
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium Outstanding Presenter
  • Global Engagement Exposition Presenter
  • CALS Agricultural Foundation Scholarship
  • Alma O. Savage Scholarship
  • Carolina Brahman Breeders Association Scholarship
  • AP Scholar with Honors
  • Fear Free Certification

Extracurricular Activities:

  • NCSU Veterinary Science Enhancement Camp Coordinator
  • Teaching Assistant for ANS 110 and ANS 206
  • VetPAC Networking Event and Pre-Vet Orientation Invited Speaker
  • HOSA Major Officer
  • Varsity Volleyball Libero
  • Production / Set Design Intern
  • Police Activity League: Special Needs Unit Volunteer