Emily Wilson, D.V.M.
Ever since Emily’s first viewing of The Lion King at the young age of five, her interests have been primarily focused on lions and other big cats, with the ultimate goal of one day becoming a veterinarian. She accomplished that goal by completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.
Emily spent many of her summers during her undergraduate years at Lee McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, and throughout vet school, working as an animal keeper at Tiger Haven. This big cat sanctuary in Kingston, TN is home to 300 lions, tigers, and other big cats. She also completed internships at the Conservators’ Center in North Carolina, as well as the Nashville Zoo. Emily has traveled to South Africa for a wildlife conservation internship in Hoedspruit, and a summer with a veterinarian in Lephalale. On these trips, she participated in everything from collecting data on lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and various hoofstock, to assisting with immobilization of antelope and rhinos for relocation and veterinary care.
Emily enjoys all aspects of exotic cat medicine, and is especially interested in cancer and neurologic diseases affecting these felines. During her training UTCVM, she was privileged to contribute to research sponsored by the National Institute of Health, which she looks forward to continuing.
In her free time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her dog, Lulu, taking pictures, drawing, and collecting rocks/gemstones. She is very happy to be a part of the In-Sync family!
Carolyn Hudson – Lead Animal Keeper
Since a young age, Carolyn has enjoyed working with animals and has devoted herself to learning as much as possible in order to care for them as best as she can. Carolyn has a B.S. in Zoology and a B.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the past, she was an intern at the Dane County Humane Society and Four Lakes Wildlife Center, a volunteer at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Australia, and an apprentice at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, playing the piano, and relaxing with her dog, Oliver. Carolyn was thrilled to join the In-Sync Exotics staff in October 2015! We are very excited to have Carolyn as a member of our In-Sync Family.
Miranda Weldon – Assistant Lead Animal Keeper
Miranda is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied fisheries and wildlife and animal science. In the past she has worked for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and the Nebraska Wildlife Rehabilitation Center where she cared for a wide variety of animals. Miranda first came to us as an intern in the summer of 2013 during the distemper outbreak where she discovered her passion for caring for big cats. That summer changed her life and ultimately brought her back to be a keeper and we are so happy that she is here. Hearing the lions sing, being greeted with a friendly chuff, and working with the lemurs are a few of her favorite things. Outside of work she enjoys reading, woodworking, and cuddling up with her dog and two cats.
Andrea Torina – Senior Animal Keeper
Andrea first came to In-Sync as a volunteer in 2009. We knew in the first 4 months that Andrea was going to be a great asset to In-Sync. Andrea used to volunteer with the Kids wheelchair Basketball as a coaching assistant. She has always loved working with her own cats and wanted someday to work and learn all she could about big cats. Andrea learned very quickly and showed that she could be very dependable. In 2012 we were able to hire Andrea as a keeper and we are very fortunate to have her on our staff. Andrea loves to read and feels it’s one of the best ways of learning about the cats she now cares for. She also likes to make jewelry and can play 3 instruments. Andrea wanted to someday work with the big cats in Africa; we hope now, she is here to stay!
Kendal Crixel – Keeper
Jennifer Hatch – Keeper
Ben Sandoval – Keeper