Jesse is a PhD graduate of the department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Dr. Fallon is now the Owner and Medical Director of Cheat Lake Animal Hospital where he oversees 20 veterinarians and 150 staff, and serves as the Director of Veterinary Medicine for the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc.
Dr. Fallon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Penn State, a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Jesse’s master’s research focused on developing a technique to estimate the age of adult birds by quantifying the accumulation of the biochemical endproduct penstosidine. Jesse has clinical and field experience with an array of bird species.
While Jesse’s research interests have existed under the umbrella of conservation medicine, his PhD work focused on the physiologic impact of hydrocarbon exposure on birds. By combining animal health expertise and sound ecological principles, Jesse approaches research questions with ecosystem health as a foundation.