Clay Tuttle

My name is Clay Tuttle and I am a member of the NCSU CVM class of 2024 here in Raleigh. I am originally from Greensboro, N.C. but came to Raleigh for school in 2014. I graduated in Fall of 2018 with a B.S. in Zoology and a B.S. in Environmental Science.
I hope to go into wildlife medicine and conservation related work in Central America focusing on issues like human-wildlife conflict, wildlife trafficking, and endangered species conservation. I was first exposed to these concepts while studying abroad in Tanzania learning about field research techniques and trying to understand the relationship between humans and their environment. Later these concepts re-emerged during an internship in Belize focusing on wildlife medicine and conservation. During the school year, however, I worked at a small animal general practice to build a basic foundation of veterinary medicine. Upon graduating undergrad I lived and worked in Belize as a veterinary assistant primarily for neotropical wildlife.
Vet experience 
  • Wildlife emergency and rehabilitation- Belize
  • Small animal general practice
  • VetPac Museum Medicine Internship
  • Equine mobile practice
  • Turtle Rescue Team volunteer
  • Rural small animal spay/neuter clinics- Costa Rica
Animal experience 
  • Turtle Rescue Team rehabilitator volunteer
  • Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter
  • Lab animal/aquatic invertebrate husbandry
  • NCSU Bairy Education Unit volunteer
Research experience 
  • Comparative Anatomy and Functional Morphology Lab with Dr. Hartstone-Rose
Honors/awards
  • Wild Chelonian Rehabilitation Certificate
  • Cum Laude
  • College of Natural Resources Enrichment Fund Scholarship recipient
  • Dean’s List
    Invited to join Phi Sigma Theta and SCLA
  • Rosalind Brooks Latin Language Award
  • Hazel West Eskridge Best All Around Student Award
  • Eagle Scout Award
Extracurriculars 
  • Epsilon Eta Environmental Honor Fraternity
  • Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
  • Teaching assistant: Human/animal interactions & Parasitology
  • Merit Badge College NCSU
  • School for Field Studies- Tanzania
  • Dead Language Society
  • National Honor Society