Mike Bodri was set on becoming a herpetologist until the poor job outlook altered his career plans and he decided to pursue entomology. After earning his BS and while pursuing a MS in entomology, his desire to work with non-domestic animals increased and he decided that the best way to indulge his passion for “anything with scales” was to enter veterinary school. Following the completion of veterinary studies, Bodri obtained a PhD in parasitology, working with the nematodes Onchocerca and Dirofilaria. He left a successful small animal/exotic practice in northeast Philadelphia to teach full time. When not teaching or attending to administrative duties, he is actively engaging undergraduates in various research projects that span a broad range of interests.