Dr. Nancy Dreschel is an instructor of Companion Animal Science at Penn State University. After receiving her bachelor’s and veterinary degrees from Cornell University, she worked in mixed and small animal practice in New York State and Pennsylvania for 13 years before returning to school at Penn State University to obtain a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health. Her research has focused on the effects of fear and stress on behavior and physiology in dogs and their owners. She has a particular interest in service and working dogs and the interactions between pets and people. At Penn State, she advises students and teaches undergraduate online and residence courses, including Pets in Society, Companion Animal Nutrition and Management, Companion Animal Health and Diseases, and Companion Animal Behavior.
In addition to her husband and two sons, Dr. Dreschel shares her home with a dog, Mishka, and two cats, Kitty and Penny. Currently without a smaller pet, she has an affinity for rodents and has had mice, hamsters, gerbils, and a rat as pets through the years. She also serves on the Centre County Animal Response Team to help animals that have been in disasters.