NC State Pre-Veterinary Club

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

~Anatole France

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President: Audrey Bolaños

Audrey Bolaños is a senior majoring in Animal Science and Zoology. She was born in Ocala, FL but raised in Durham, NC and is currently a lifeguard at University Recreation on campus. She has done research in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science and at our coastal location, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST). In the summers she took classes at NC State and worked as an Assistant at Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic; that is, when she wasn't traveling! Her love for the outdoors and animals has come from being a Girl Scout. Through her travels, she’s discovered that she wants to pursue a DVM in exotic animal medicine and potentially work abroad (and put her bilingual skills to use!) in conservation and wildlife. She also has interests in surgery and aquatic medicine, especially after her research experience at CMAST working with dolphins and assessing their stomach contents for human interaction. In a perfect world, she would be able to incorporate SCUBA diving in day-to-day job as a means of examining aquatic mammal population health. In the fall she will be attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Vice President: Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh is a junior in animal science in the veterinary bioscience concentration. She has had a lot of experience in small animal medicine from working at a clinic in high school as well as working as a veterinary assistant during the summer. She has gained a lot of experience from these clinics such as drawing blood, taking x-rays, evaluating tests like fecal samples or ear cytologies, taking blood pressure, and running in-house tests (urinalysis and CBC). Elizabeth also has an interest in exotic animal medicine and has been a volunteer at Turtle Rescue Team at the CVM and where she had the opportunity to rehab and release a turtle named Horton. She continued her interest in exotics over the summer on a trip to South Africa with Dr. Trivedi. She learned so much about wildlife medicine and the conservation efforts going on in Africa. Elizabeth has also been a volunteer at both the dairy education unit and small ruminant education unit and has an ongoing research project on goat reproduction. One of her favorite things about being Vice President for PVMA is reaching out to and networking with potential speakers for the club. She loves getting diverse speakers that will interest the club members!

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Secretary: Sarah Swartout

Sarah Swartout is a sophomore majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience. She likes to think she looks a little mean, but she’s really a puppy in disguise! She is from a small town next to Fayetteville, NC called Hope Mills. She loves cats and dogs, has three of each, and also has an affection for pocket pets. In fact, she’s had 13 hamsters, 2 guinea pig, 3 chinchillas, 2 gerbils, and 2 mice (not all at once though!) This past summer she worked as a camp counselor for the VetCAMP program and as an assistant for NCState’s Fish Barn Educational/Research Unit. She has always loved animals and from her experiences wants to pursue a DVM in either small companion, large, exotic, or small ruminant animals (obviously she’s still deciding). She also has an interest in furthering the international education on veterinary medicine and working abroad. If she doesn’t go to vet school, she is considering a graduate program in animal behavior! Her favorite part of being a part of Pre-Vet Club is the ability to help other Pre-Vets. It is a great way to meet a diverse amount of people with similar basic interests! If you need her for anything, from advice on professors to skincare tips, you can usually find her hiding somewhere on the fourth floor of Riddick!

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Treasurer: Maddy Westbrook

Maddy Westbrook is a junior majoring in Accouting. She was born in Naperville, Illinois and has also lived in Austin, Texas before moving to a small town outside of Asheville, North Carolina. She has a love for the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking when she's home in the mountains. She plans to move out to the Rocky Mountains after pursuing a DMV in small animal Veternarian medicine. Her goal is to hopefully own her own practice one day. Maddy spends a lot of her time at the Wake County Animal Center where she volunteers as a dog walker/cuddler. She also has a 14-year old best friend, who is a Shiz Tzu-Toy Poodle mix. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent metus mauris, efficitur eget suscipit id, laoreet vel quam. Nam risus libero, finibus id pharetra sed, tincidunt eu libero. Quisque aliquam urna eget metus bibendum facilisis. Suspendisse viverra est eget aliquet eleifend. Nulla facilisi. Proin tristique leo vel dolor ullamcorper, nec cursus turpis euismod. Sed sit amet pretium purus, blandit condimentum velit. In ligula leo, tincidunt sit amet porttitor vel, consequat non est.

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Webmaster: Kenny Hlewicki

Kenny Hlewicki is a first year majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Biosceince. She was born in New York but grew up in Charlotte, NC. This year she has been working out at the Equine Unit as a Foaling Intern and on campus as a CALS Ambassador. It was a complete coincidence that she discovered her love of veterinary medicine, and since then she has never looked back. She was hired as an assitant and worked under seven veterinarians during her sophmore year of high school and continues to work at this practice when she is home for the summer. Over winter break she traveled with Vida Volunteers to Costa Rica to assist in spay and neuter clinics, and absoluetly adored the hands on experience. Her interests in the feild (currently) are orthepedic surgery and accupunture. In her free time, Kenny frequently voluteers with the SPCA, rides with the NCSU Club Dressage Team, and practices lacrosse (she hopes to be on the club team next semester). She couldn't live without her 2-year old cockapoo Riley and is excited to get another furry friend soon!

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Correspondence: Abigail Hiley

Abigail Hiley is a sophomore majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Agricultural Business Management from Indian Trail, NC. She is interested in pursuing equine or small animal medicine. She has gained experience as a former working student at a dressage barn and as a veterinary assistant back home. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent metus mauris, efficitur eget suscipit id, laoreet vel quam. Nam risus libero, finibus id pharetra sed, tincidunt eu libero. Quisque aliquam urna eget metus bibendum facilisis. Suspendisse viverra est eget aliquet eleifend. Nulla facilisi. Proin tristique leo vel dolor ullamcorper, nec cursus turpis euismod. Sed sit amet pretium purus, blandit condimentum velit. In ligula leo, tincidunt sit amet porttitor vel, consequat non est. Morbi viverra posuere ultricies. Vivamus vestibulum aliquam aliquet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aenean et magna arcu. Etiam non vehicula mi. Fusce vitae sapien quis.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent metus mauris, efficitur eget suscipit id, laoreet vel quam. Nam risus libero, finibus id pharetra sed, tincidunt eu libero.

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Fundraising Chair: Libba Zimmerman

Libba Zimmerman is a sophomore majoring in Animal Science (Veterinary Bioscience Concentration) with a minor in Nutrition. She was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, her love for animals was created by trips to the beach to watch sea turtles hatch! Last year, she worked as a vet assistant and served as a volunteer for Adopt-an-Angel, a local animal rescue group. She has traveled to Ecuador on an educational trip which observed the ecology of Central America, as well as studied climate change. Her involvement in multiple organizations has offered her unique volunteer opportunities, but her favorite is working at the SPCA as a volunteer and foster. She has ridden horses her entire life, and this has made an impact on her career choice. Libba plans to either pursue a DVM degree and specialize in equine medicine, or get her master's degree in Animal Nutrition. She is very excited to serve- and loves PVMA and all of its opportunities!

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Social Chair: Shea Woodbury

Shea Woodbury has a major in Animal science with a minor in creative writing. She hopes to specialize in Equine medicine one day. Two fun facts about Shea are that she owns 18 horses and she is a huge transfomers nerd.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent metus mauris, efficitur eget suscipit id, laoreet vel quam. Nam risus libero, finibus id pharetra sed, tincidunt eu libero. Quisque aliquam urna eget metus bibendum facilisis. Suspendisse viverra est eget aliquet eleifend. Nulla facilisi. Proin tristique leo vel dolor ullamcorper, nec cursus turpis euismod. Sed sit amet pretium purus, blandit condimentum velit. In ligula leo, tincidunt sit amet porttitor vel, consequat non est. Morbi viverra posuere ultricies. Vivamus vestibulum aliquam aliquet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aenean et magna arcu. Etiam non vehicula mi. Fusce vitae sapien quis.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

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Social Media Chair: Mikayla Mather

Social Media Coordinator: Mikayla Mather Mikayla Mather is a freshman currently majoring in Biological Science. She is from Salisbury NC where she has numerous pets of her own. Back home she has 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a horse. She has grown up riding horses and has brought her current competition partner, Bizz, to NC State to compete on the NC State Eventing Team. She also has brought her dog, Chippy, to live with her here at NC State. Her passion for animals has brought her to work with many equine veterinarians, but her goal in the coming years is to gain exposure to other vast fields of veterinary medicine. She particularly enjoys shadowing and assisting in equine surgeries. Mikayla loves volunteering and learning many skills along the way. When she is not spending time with animals she enjoys traveling and taking pictures. She is very eager to pursue her dream of becoming a vet and enjoys sharing the great opportunities that PVMA has to offer through their social media!

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Service Coordinator: Magda Kokinos

Magda Kokinos is a senior in animal science and will be attending the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2018. She hopes to pursue either small animal or exotic practice, but this will likely change once she starts taking classes in vet school. In addition to currently working at a small animal clinic in Raleigh, Magda has interned with a large animal vet in her hometown of Buffalo, NY as well as with the veterinarian at Buffalo Zoo. She also participated the Wildlife Management and Conservation study abroad program in South Africa and worked with animals such as cape buffalo, sables, and rhinos. Outside of school, Magda enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and going to concerts. Her favorite parts of the PVMA are the volunteer opportunities and peer mentor events. She enjoys volunteering because she has the opportunity to network with people in the community and work with animals at the same time, and enjoys the peer mentor events because she enjoys sharing her undergraduate experiences and advice with the underclassmen!

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Agri-Life Representative: Carol Kowald

Carol Kowald is a sophomore in Animal Science and minoring in Business Administration. She was born in Plano, Texas and raised in Asheville, NC. Carol’s hobbies include drawing, playing the flute, and baking. She has a sassy Pomeranian named Nico and a cat named Milo at home. She has worked at veterinary clinics back home learning necessary veterinary assistant skills, like restraining and holding off for blood, and has overseen many different types of surgeries. She has a passion for small animal medicine, but also for the unique business and marketing side of animal science. She hopes to combine the two interests in her future career. She hopes to either go to vet school or obtain a Master’s degree in a biotechnology related field. Her favorite part of Pre-Vet club is being able to go out in the community and volunteer at a variety of places, gaining experience and making connections. Carol also loves meeting other Pre-Vet students and hearing the unique experiences and stories they have to share. She enjoys being able to help people, and encourages any student with questions about the major to get in touch with her.

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Agri-Life Representative: Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson is a rising sophomore majoring in Animal Science with a Veterinary Bioscience concentration and double minoring in Environmental Science and Business Administration. Haley would like to attend NC State’s vet school to earn her DVM in small animal medicine and hopes to open her own practice one day. Haley has been working part time at a small animal clinic back home over the past year where she has learned valuable job skills such as preparing medications or vaccines, working in a fast-paced environment, and handling animals of various sizes. Haley is beginning research on sheep and the underlying neuroendocrinological link between feed intake, puberty, and hormones. She hopes to explore her interests in research to determine if she wants to pursue a PhD. This summer she plans on studying abroad in Scotland and Ireland, interning at a small animal emergency clinic in Asheville, and taking an online summer class. Haley has enjoyed her experience in Pre-Vet club as an Agri-Life representative and has learned lots about the other clubs in CALS. Her favorite part of Pre-Vet club is the supportive community of other like-minded students. She is very organized and hopes to help Pre-Vet reach its full potential next year as an executive board member!

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