Companion Animal Club at N.C. State




Advisor: Kim Ange

President: Elsa Cress

My name is Elsa Cress and I am a junior majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bio-science. I am from Jacksonville, NC and I have a dachshund named Nellie and a parakeet named Cheeky. I am also involved in other animal clubs at the university and l am looking forward to all the new animal experiences this year will bring!

Vice President: Virgina-Lynne McKean

Hi I am Virginia-Lynne and I am an Animal Science major with a Bussiness minor here at State. I plan on attending vet school after graduation and then joining the Army so I can work with the bomb dogs. I am originally from South Carolina and curently have three dogs and two chickens back home.

Treasurer: Brittany White

My name is Brittany White and I am a junior majoring in Animal Science. I'm from Roxboro, NC, a small town very near the Virginia/North Carolina state line. My goals are to go to veterinary school afer I graduate but I am not exactly sure which specific field I prefer to work in yet. Currently I am an intern in Cary at SAFE Haven for Cats and I volunteer in Roxboro for Oakley's Critters. I have always loved animals and I have plenty of them at home. I have three cats named Monster, Oreo, and Layla. I also have two dogs named Sugar and Peanut. My most unique pet is a yellow belly slider turtle that is at home and I have four fish here with me at NC State.

Agri-Life Council Rep: Ashley Levan

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I'm a senior majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Nutrition. I've grown up around all sorts of animals. My home herd currently consists of 4 dogs, a cat, 2 horses, a donkey, and some cows. I have been working at small animal veterinarians for several years now. I have also started working with swine and dairy cattle research for the past 2 years.

Agri-Life Council Rep: Susana Salas

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My name is Susana Salas and I am a senior majoring in Animal Science. I am interested in both large and companion animals. Growing up my neighbors to the right of me were cows and I always had some kind of animal close to me. I want to work with animals in the health field as a vet-tech or any field that promotes their well being. Back home I have 6 goats, 10 chickens, and 2 ducks!

Publicity Chair: Kelsey Strout

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I am a senior double majoring in Biological Sciences and Animal Science, with a double minor in Creative Writing and Italian Studies. I work at All Creatures Pet Hospital in Stanley, NC and I absolutely love it. I have never had any less than three animals in my house while growing up. Currently I have a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix, named Maya, and a pound puppy mix, named Rudi. I also have a cat, named Cat, who adopted my family a couple years ago. I miss my babies every day, but I always love on other people’s pets whenever possible and enjoy connecting with their owners while doing so.


Secretary: Molly Beardslee

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I am a sophomore majoring in Nutrition, the human kind. I am from Mount Holly, NC. I have always loved animals and grew up with cats and dogs. At home I have two dogs, Gage and Odie. 

Activities Chair: Loren Reese

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I'm Loren Reese and I'm one of Companion Animal Club's Activities Chairs. I'm a junior in Animal Science with a minor in Zoology. I have been a part of Companion Animal Club since my first semester at State. Besides CAC, I am also a rower a member of the Rowing Club at NC State. After completing my undergraduate degree, I aspire to go to graduate school and get a MS in a conservation or ecology field. I love this club and I hope to expand networking and provide more opportunities for members to get involved this year! 

Activities Chair: Katrina Leser

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Hey everyone, my name is Katrina Leser and I am a sophomore in Animal Science. I plan to go to vet school after I graduate and eventually work at a shelter or rescue. I'm from Virginia and back home I have a rabbit named Niele, and I brought my horse, Shortie, with me to college. 

Food Chair: Contact Elsa if you would like to be this year's food chair

Fundraising Chair: Whitney Chandler

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I am a sophomore in the Animal Science major with a contraction in veterinary bioscience. My interest is in small animal medicine. Back home I have five cats and one Austrian shepherd puppy. I look forward to serving Companion Animal Club this year as the Co-Fundraising Chair!

Fundraising Chair: Amber Stark

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My name is Amber Stark and I am your Fundraising co-chair. I am a Junior in Animal Science with a minor in business administration. My goal is to be able to go to Veterinary School after undergrad and hopefully focus on a mixed practice. I am originally from New Jersey and am in the process of trying to obtain residency. I currently work at Clayton Animal Hospital. I have also been volunteering at the Dairy Unit, Wake county animal shelter, and this past summer I study abroad in Ireland. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and having a lot of fun this year!