Cindy Driscoll, DVM
Cindy Driscoll began her path in veterinary medicine at a time when women were discouraged from joining the workforce. While in high school, she took an interest test and was matched with veterinarian as a career. Her guidance counselor told her to take the test again because she must have done something wrong. Again, she got “veterinarian” as a result, but was told that she should consider being a secretary instead. Nevertheless, Driscoll decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, started her pre-veterinary education, and developed an interest in wildlife and conservation. She became the first volunteer and first female biologist to work at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. As a student at VMCVM, she completed a research fellowship at a wildlife toxicology lab.
She continued making strides for women in veterinary medicine as she sought out and created unique career opportunities following graduation. Through research and advocacy, she convinced government officials of the need for a MD State Fish and Wildlife Veterinarian. She helped create the position description, applied, and became the first wildlife veterinarian on the east coast. Driscoll was also the first Department of Commerce Marine Mammal Veterinarian and the first female Wildlife Caretaker and Veterinarian at the Department of Interior. She created the Maryland Marine Mammal Sea Turtle Stranding Network and the first comprehensive Wildlife Disease course at the University of Maryland, College Park. Driscoll has done extensive fieldwork, investigated disease outbreaks, mentored and taught veterinary students and biologists, conducted statewide meetings, and partnered with other One Health officials.
She was awarded the Outstanding Wildlife Professional Award in 2017 by the Maryland-Delaware Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Lifetime Achievement Alumni award by VMCVM in 2020.
Driscoll has led a meaningful and rewarding career while demonstrating perseverance, outstanding leadership, and passion for wildlife.