Kevin Juarez-Leon

Kevin Juarez-Leon

Veterinary Assistant

I have always wanted to be a vet, as long as I can remember. Steve Irwin and Kratt Bros with Zabomafoo were my biggest inspirations as a kid. Being able to work and help animals, who can’t speak for themselves (most of the time), has been one of the most rewarding experiences, I’ve had the honor of having. The ability to continually learn through veterinary medicine, from pet to pet, species to species, farm to hospital, makes for not a dull day in sight. As they say, real doctors treat more than one species! 😛

I came to Ithaca in the Summer of 2015 for my first year at Cornell. I graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Animal Science and minor in Education. Vet school is the goal for me, but am not opposed to few more degrees on the road there. I have deep interests in exotics, reproduction and epidemiology! Post-grad, I was doing research at Cornell, primarily in Dairy Cattle nutrition and health, until I found my way to Adana! When I’m not working with 4-legged friends, you can usually find me in the kitchen or on the road travelling. As a First-Generation American, I love cooking the foods of my parents home-countries (Guatemala and El Salvador), or developing recipes for my personal baking and culinary files. I will always follow my culinary endeavors with a movie marathon or Nature Documentary. (NatGeo wild is bookmarked on my TV). But at the end of the day, I want to see the animals of the world. So when I am not needed at home, me, my partner, and my dog go off to see wherever we can. From the FLX, to the beach, or hopping on a plane to visit family in Central America, I want to experience ecosystems in their most raw state and educate myself and others on not only how these systems work, but how to preserve and enrich them for the generations after us.

I am currently a dog dad to Iris, a 2.5yo Siberian husky, who loves attention, snow, and being a total drama queen. She joins the neighborhood huskies in howling when she hears them in the afternoon, and loves frolicking in snow and ponds! Iris makes sure she fully enjoys Ithaca’s big snow falls, and jumps head first (quite literally) into any snow pile she sees. She loves coming along for hikes and walks around Ithaca and the finger lakes whenever we get the chance. Iris is a very sweet husky, but any squeaky toy should beware of her. I also have Indigo, a 20 yo blue-headed pionus, that I rescued in Ithaca in 2016. I’ve always has a soft spot for parrots. I grew up with 15! (1 red-fronted amazon, 10 cockatiels, and 4 peach-cheeked lovebirds.) Indigo is a very shy boy, but loves sitting on your shoulder, and occasionally gets the “pionus wheeze” when he gets too excited. Indigo is in love with the bell in his cage, and will call it a “pretty birdie” when playing with it. He also ensures to ring the bell as hard as he can whenever meal time comes around! Indigo isn’t the biggest fan of his pellets, but will go crazy for some Peanuts and Fresh Mango!