Dr. Church attended The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she graduated with honors and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Prior to veterinary school, she worked in a small animal clinic and volunteered at The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher as well as the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Melanie was president of her veterinary class for all four years and was active in leadership roles for multiple clubs and organizations. Dr. Church recieved her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 2008, She then completed a private practice internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta. Dr. Church enjoys volunteering her time and services to help a wide variety of species at aquariums and zoos. She is the author of several scientific articles in the fields of zoological medicine and veterinary ophthalmology. Dr. Church completed the residency program at Eye Care for Animals in 2012.