Dr. Cameron Volpe Fili (’13)
Quality education has always been a vital part of Dr. Cameron Volpe Fili’s character and mission. After graduating from St. Agnes Academy as salutatorian, she arrived at Christian Brothers University on a full-tuition Plough Scholarship. She was very active at CBU, serving as a Peer Counselor and on the SGA and presiding over the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, as well as starring in theater productions, singing at Mass, and being selected to the Lasallian Fellows Class of 2013.
Her active faith led her to frequently volunteer her time and efforts to benefit others, but it also extended to a deep concern for the well-being of animals. After graduating from CBU with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, Cameron went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, graduating third in her class in 2017.
From Mississippi State, Cameron entered a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she graduated in 2020. During her residency, she researched the effects of nutritional supplements in a mouse model of diabetes and development of a long-acting insulin product in a rat model of diabetic retinopathy. She presented her findings at the National American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences Conferences. She also engaged in research into novel therapeutics in a hamster model of COVID-19 at the UTHSC Regional Bio-Containment Laboratory in 2020.
Cameron is now a Veterinary Medical Officer at the FDA National Center for Toxicological Research in Arkansas, where she cares for research animals and ensures that the highest standards of animal care and welfare are met. She also worked from 2013 to 2020 as a volunteer surgeon for the Homeless Animal Relief Project, a small, grassroots organization whose mission is to reduce cat suffering and overpopulation by offering free or very low-cost spay/neuter surgery to feral cats and to pets living with low income folks and the poor in north Mississippi. Since moving to Little Rock, she volunteers as a veterinarian for a low-cost mobile vaccine clinic called VIP Pet Care, providing preventive care for cats and dogs on weekends, traveling between local pet stores in the central Arkansas area.