Minnesota School of Business (MSB)-Elk River recently welcomed a new resident veterinarian, Aubrey Tauer, to campus to join the veterinary technology team. Tauer has had a variety of unique experiences throughout her life, and she brings some interesting ideas and a global perspective to the campus and organization.
An only child of a single mom, Tauer grew up in Dinkytown and later in South Minneapolis near Minnehaha Falls. She graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 2000 and then headed to the University of Minnesota where she pursued a degree in ecology, evolution and behavior with a minor in sculpture. She then ventured on to veterinary school and graduated in 2008. Lastly, she completed a master’s degree in public health in 2012.
Tauer didn’t stay put for long after graduating in 2008. She lived in Seattle and worked in a 24-hour veterinary practice as an emergency and critical care veterinarian, then moved to Chicago to work at the Lincoln Park Zoo in wildlife research. She also did relief work in Minnesota and Wisconsin in emergency and general practice.
In addition, Tauer started a nonprofit at the end of 2011 called Cura Earth, which focuses on ecosystem health (animal, human and environmental health). She also did volunteer work as a veterinarian at the Como Zoo for several years.
As if she isn’t busy enough with her work and philanthropy, Tauer is an avid traveler. She has been around the world doing various work in zoos and with wildlife; some places that she has visited include multiple countries in Africa, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Colombia.
As a hobby, Tauer writes a blog called “The Plague Years” which is about infectious diseases in wildlife. She also has four cats named Tukwila, Kobuk, Kenai and Mosinee; they are all named after Native American places.
Tauer can also be found hiking, camping, doing aerial yoga, and reading (she especially likes mysteries and the author Agatha Christie). In addition, she mentors a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota in her “spare” time.
When asked what she looks forward to about teaching at MSB, Tauer explains, “It’s always been a goal of mine to expand into teaching. I really like advising and mentoring students!”
Please stop by and say “hi” to Tauer in her office by the veterinary technology hall. MSB-Elk River is excited to have her as a new faculty member.