Dr Black is the clinical veterinarian at the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park. Dr Black coordinates the animal care program and provides veterinary care for animals housed in the Animal Sciences Building as well as at the Campus Farm. She also teaches undergraduate classes (Anatomy of Domestic Animals, Laboratory Animal Management and individual lectures in Small Ruminant Parturition and Reproductive Endocrinology), and is a co-advisor of the pre-veterinary club.
Dr Black completed her veterinary training at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She then completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the College Of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. While teaching and supervising fourth year vet students at WSU, she developed an interest in teaching at the college level and went on to earn a PhD in Animal Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health for five years before joining the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland in 2005.
Dr Black and her family live on a small "hobby" farm in Southern Maryland where they raise a few goats, a small flock of Katahdin sheep, laying hens and a couple of herding dogs to keep it all in order.