SARANAC LAKE - Soleil Bacque, daughter of Jack and Elizabeth Bacque, has been accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Soleil is a biology major at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta Biological National Honor Society.
Bacque is the first student representative on the Animal Care and Usage Committee at Saint Anselm College. In conjunctlon with a local representative, veterinarian, and college staff members, they work to ensure that all usage of research animals on campus is acceptable. They inspect animal housing and overall health, and review the nature of all research and how it will directly affect the animals. She works directly with the psychology department, which houses the largest number of mammals and is responsible for the majority of the more controversial animal research on campus.
Bacque has been involved with the New England Enrichment Program under the guidance of assistant professor Lori LaPlante, conducting research at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass. The experience is considered a senior-directed research project through Saint Anselm College and the Stone Zoo. The nature of her experience is a year-long program with twin American black bears who are not adjusting to the zoo properly. Specifically, the research focuses on the use of manipulative play objects to decrease stress behavior. She has completed a research paper entitled "The Effectiveness of Play Enrichment on Decreased Stress Behavior in Captive Ursus Americanus." The study used statistical analysis to determine the effectiveness of a variety of toys. This research will continue into the spring semester, with emphasis now belng placed on sequential behavior of the research subject.
Bacque attended the annual New York State Veterinary Conference at Cornell University as a guest of speaker Ken Rotondo, past NYSVMS president. She was able to slt in on lectures concerning the business aspects, client relations and modern technology affecting the field of veterinary medicine. She spoke to many vendors of animal products, as well as veterinarians with a wide array of backgrounds in schooling and current practice methods. She attended the awards banquet and met many of the foremost DVMs, including the NYS veterinarian of the year, Dr. Wayne Warriner, and the Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine Award recipient, Dr. Donald Smith.
Bacque is a graduate of Seton Catholic High School and will graduate from St. Anselms College this coming May.