Education: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Linda Yang was born in Beijing, China and immigrated to the US when she was two years old. She grew up around the Chicagoland area and earned her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout undergrad, Dr. Yang volunteered regularly with the St. Louis Zoo as a research assistant and veterinary technician assistant, learning more about the care of zoo animals and wildlife populations. In 2009, Dr. Yang graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Art. A year later, she entered veterinary school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and graduated in 2014.
During veterinary school, Dr. Yang was very active with the Wildlife Medical Clinic, a non-profit student-run clinic dedicated to helping injured wildlife and educating the public about wildlife conservation. She was a manager for two years, gaining experience treating and handling multiple species of wild birds (including raptors), mammals, and reptiles. Some of her favorite patients included Gandalf the White Pelican, Qigiq the Snowy Owl, and Mo the Box Turtle.
Along with avian and exotics, Dr. Yang has a special interest in holistic medicine and acupuncture as an alternative or additional therapy on all species. As a student, she traveled abroad to China for a two week externship at the Beijing Agricultural University for veterinary acupuncture. In 2015, she officially trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida, learning over 100 points on dogs and cats.
Dr. Yang currently lives with an Australian Shepherd mix (Vivi), a domestic cat (Bailey), two budgies (Pan and Pistachio), and a guinea pig (Pumpkin). In her spare time, she likes to draw, hike, watch movies, and garden.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)