Trip Leader

Courtney Bartels


Courtney is currently pursuing her DVM at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she is the treasurer of the dentistry club and the secretary of the zoo and wildlife exotics club.

Prior to vet school, she graduated from Lake Michigan College with an associate's degree in Business Administration before graduating from Grand Valley State University with her bachelors degree in marketing and management.

Courtney loves to travel and has been to Italy, Cambodia, South Africa, Costa Rica, all over the United States... and of course Thailand! She has volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park, with cheetahs in South Africa, and with sea turtles in Costa Rica, and loves to combine travel and caring for animals.

Courtney has worked as a tutor and coach for middle-school and high-school students, and has helped to run animal-related educational programs at the Potter Park Zoo for the last five years.

In her free time, Courtney likes to go hiking and camping, play basketball, go white water rafting, travel to new places, and relax at the beach with her dog.