Shortly after graduation, but prior to completing her licensing requirements, Cristina took a position with Merck & Co., Inc., a large pharmaceutical company in Rahway, NJ as a short term plan to quickly pay off student loans. The short term plan unexpectedly turned into a long term career change, as she found herself working for GlaxoSmithKline in the Research Triangle Park when she moved to North Carolina with her husband and several pets. After working in the pharmaceutical industry in non-veterinary related positions for 16 years, Cristina decided it was time to revisit her veterinary studies in an effort to complete the licensing requirements for her degree. Since resigning, Cristina has re-familiarized herself with the veterinary field through extensive volunteering.
While volunteering Cristina was very fortunate to be introduced to several veterinarians and saw a potential need for relief veterinary assistance services. As a result, in 2013, she launched her business, "Mobile Veterinary Assistance LLC", where as a contract hire, she has worked alongside and continues to learn from various licensed veterinarians in the Raleigh/Durham area. Also through her business, Cristina strives to help veterinarians meet client and patient needs by offering to make house calls, some requiring veterinary referrals, for non-professional services, that may be necessary for the client and patient between veterinary house calls or office visits.
Having loved animals from a very young age, Cristina pursued and received a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Cook College, Rutgers University and subsequently attended Tuskegee University where she received her degree in veterinary medicine.
While in veterinary school, not only did Cristina's love of cats and dogs grow stronger, but she also found herself drawn to ambulatory large animal practice which was a bit ironic considering she was originally from a densely populated Hudson County NJ, where rarely a horse or cow could be spotted!