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DVM Student Ambassadors

The DVM student ambassador program is comprised of highly motivated and passionate veterinary students. It was created to promote and recruit prospective students to the veterinary program at Colorado State University, as well as provide leadership and professional growth opportunities to current veterinary students.

Meet the DVM Student Ambassadors

Tim Vernier​, Class of 2021

tim.vernier@rams.colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

At the end of high school, I decided to attend CSU for my undergradua​te degree with the hope that I could attend CSU's veterinary school after graduation. Luckily my plan worked out! I chose to come to CSU because they have one of the best veterinary schools in the country and it is located in a beautiful city with many things to do in your free time.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am currently considering completing an internship and residency in small animal surgery.

Isabella Mazariegos​, Class of 2022

isabella.mazariegos@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I grew up in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and I always knew I wanted to complete my veterinary education in the USA. I visited Colorado State and immediately fell in love with the mountains and Fort Collins. I love hiking and nature photography, so I knew Colorado was the perfect place for me. I am also passionate about research so I was drawn to CSU’s many hands-on research opportunities for students.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am in the combined Master of Public Health and DVM Program, so after graduation I would like to find a way to incorporate both into my job. I am interested in pursuing a career in zoonotic disease or translational cancer research to find better ways to prevent and treat diseases in animals and humans, especially in third-world countries like Guatemala.


Alexa Germano, Class of 2022

alexa.germano@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I have always wanted to be a veterinarian since my Kindergarten teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, and I said "a doggy and kitty helper." Colorado State offered everything I wanted, and more, in the veterinary field. The opportunities are endless, the professors and faculty are amazing, and the students in the program sold me the second I came for my interview and tour. Not to mention, the area is absolutely beautiful and I immediately saw myself calling this place my home. In the end, it was really a no brainer!

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, my hope is to return to Arizona and work in small animal private practice with a particular emphasis in sport medicine and rehabilitation.


Rachel Conway, Class of 2022

rachel.conway@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

One of the main reasons I chose CSU was the incredible diversity of opportunities available to vet students. As someone who had very diverse interests entering vet school, I felt that CSU could provide me with experience in many areas, and had professors and mentors who would help me pursue any career path. In addition, I loved the student atmosphere, and how it is a true community that works together and takes care of each other. To top it all off, Fort Collins is a pretty great town to spend four years!

What are your plans after graduation?

While I am still open to the many opportunities available to a CSU DVM grad, right now I am hoping to pursue wildlife/zoological medicine either through a residency, master's program or PhD.


Cindy Chon, Class of 2022

cynthia.chon@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I have wanted to be veterinarian for a very long time, and a local vet that I worked closely with came from CSU. She was an excellent role model and teacher to me, and I want to provide the same caliber of care as her one day. My choice was further solidified during my interview, where I learned more about the amazing resources and opportunities available at CSU. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, and I wanted to be a part of this community. I am still so thankful to be in this program and feel completely at home in Fort Collins.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am a WICHE student from Arizona, and will be returning to Arizona to practice. I hope to work with small animals in rural areas, and provide veterinary care to under-served communities.


Alisha Glass, Class of 2021

alisha.glass@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I have always wanted to be a veterinarian and Colorado State University was consistently my first choice when it came to selecting a veterinary school. In addition to being a top program, the ideal location sealed the deal. There is so much to do in and around Fort Collins, especially for somebody like me who loves the outdoors, so once I was offered admission it was an easy decision.

What are your plans after graduation?

I don’t have set plans for after graduation yet but I do have some ideas. I would like to either complete a surgical residency, work in shelter medicine, or go into a small animal and exotic animal private practice. I am also interested in zoo medicine, volunteering internationally with wildlife, and participating in large-scale spay and neuter clinics.

Alex Hyman, Class of 2022

alexandra.hyman@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

As a non-WICHE, out-of-state applicant (Vermont native), CSU was always my “reach” school. I fell in love with it the second I stepped foot on campus and before leaving bought a little stuffed bison from the bookstore. The bison wore a t-shirt with the words "I wish I were a ram" on it. I felt like I could totally relate. While touring the vet school, the students raved about their education and the facilities, the town of Fort Collins seemed super fun, and the entire state had access to every outdoor activity I had grown up with in the northeast plus more. Once I was accepted off the waitlist, going to CSU was an absolute no-brainer, as I knew I would feel totally at home here.

What are your plans after graduation?

I came into CSU with an interest in tracking mixed-animal, with a focus on wildlife, international medicine, public health, and infectious disease. Those interests have not changed but now I’ve found myself starting to fall in love with a variety of other fields, including small ruminant health and food animal medicine. Honestly, I don’t know what the future holds for me and I’m perfectly okay with that. That is exactly what makes this profession so exciting.


Kristi Quintero, Class of 2022

kristi.quintero@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I completed my undergraduate education at University of Florida and it was here were my dedication for veterinary medicine truly expanded. I quickly developed a passion for wildlife and exotic animals and decided to make them part of my long-term goal. Along my journey, I realized having a supportive community was vital for my happiness and Colorado State University was the perfect place. Since moving here, I have met amazing individuals, including friends, professors and practitioners. I am extremely happy with my decision and have not looked back since!

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to specialize in wildlife/exotics, but the field of veterinary medicine is so flexible, it's hard to narrow my decision! My additional interests include pathology, internal medicine, and laboratory animal medicine

Michelle Salomon

michelle.salomon@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I liked how everyone at CSU focuses on wellness and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It’s easy to get wrapped up in veterinary school; however, the DVM students I met emphasized how they take the time to live balanced lives. I also fell in love with Fort Collins and Colorado when I came to visit!

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I plan to return to the Pacific Northwest and work in a mixed animal practice.




Alex Bailey, Class of 2022

baile632@rams.colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I feel that CSU actually chose me! I participated in a master’s and DVM combined student program that was brought about to increase diversity. That idea alone was enough to convince me to come here, but I also love the opportunity CSU offers to develop experiences and personal relationships with faculty. Here, your support system truly wants to ensure you are doing well and striving for your best and that is an experience I couldn’t find anywhere else.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I hope to pursue a residency and career in lab animal medicine. Although., I’m adding more considerations to my list every day because there are so many animals out there, so why just focus on one? I’d also love to do some outside work with wildlife where I can travel and experience life too.

Morgan Miller, Class of 2020

morganm5@rams.colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I’ve wanted to go to veterinary school ever since I was a kid. I always loved animals and wanted to give all the love they give me back. I went to CSU for undergrad thinking going to a school with a veterinary program would help me get into school in the future. I fell in love with CSU and Fort Collins and was excited when I got accepted into the program. Now that I am in the program I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I have gotten great mentorship and opportunities unique to CSU.

What are your plans after graduation?

I still have not decided what I want to do when I grow up. Currently I am interested in working in general practice and seeing small ruminants or pursuing a career in public health and international medicine. Whatever I decide I know that I made the right choice in pursuing to be a vet.


Katie Redd, Class of 2021

katie.redd@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

As someone who has grown up in Colorado and went to CSU as an undergraduate, I have always loved what this incredible state and school have to offer! CSU has so many resources for its students to explore their interests within veterinary medicine. I’ve always been excited by the abundant research opportunities, the incredible professors, and the amazing Veterinary Teaching Hospital. And having the mountains in your backyard is a huge bonus!

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m most interested in working as a small animal veterinarian and have a strong interest in shelter medicine. I have a passion for international public health projects as well, like spay and neuter clinics and vaccine campaigns in under-served communities.


Alexandra Baker, Class of 2020

Alxbaker@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

Before veterinary school, I spent a year living in Uganda working with infectious diseases in both humans and livestock, which sparked my interest in public health and international medicine. I chose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University because the amount of international opportunities available for the veterinary students at CSU. In addition, I grew up raising livestock and I have an interest in large animal medicine and CSU had a high case load at their teaching hospital.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduating, my hope is to work as a clinician in livestock medicine in a rural setting and later pursue a career in public health.

Garrett Carrica, Class of 2020

Garrett.Carrica@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

Colorado State offered the most for me out of any vet school, not only in regards to my education, but in regards to quality of life as well. I wanted to continue to do all of the activities I love while pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, including mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and climbing.

What are your plans after graduation?

To either pursue a residency program in small animal surgery or small animal private practice. 

 

 

 

Anne Carroll, Class of 2021

Anne.Carroll@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I didn't settle on veterinary medicine until senior year of college, but once I started shadowing doctors and working in clinics, I quickly fell in love with the profession. I chose to attend Colorado State for several reasons, but the most prominent reason was the caliber of resources and faculty both at the teaching hospital and for the first and second year students. Fort Collins and the surrounding mountains were also a big draw for me because they provide all of the luxuries of a small city but with easy access to the trails.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to return to Montana upon graduating and work at a mixed animal practice, focusing on livestock medicine. 

 

 

Kelsey Dobesh, Class of 2021

kdobesh@rams.colostate.edu  

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

As soon as I decided to pursue the veterinary profession, I knew that the only place I belonged was at Colorado State. I am actually a fourth-generation CSU veterinary student! I walk to class every morning in awe that I am living out my dream at one of the most renowned veterinary institutions in the world.  There are so many incredible stories about all of the family members who have walked this journey before me, and while their stories give me a greater appreciation of the magnitude of this university and its deep-rooted history, I am having so much fun creating my own path. Each and every day I find myself developing personally and professionally into the knowledgeable, compassionate doctor I hope to someday be. I can genuinely say I cannot imagine being anywhere else.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I hope to become board-certified in internal medicine and eventually return to our family practice in New Mexico.

 

Kristina Simon, Class of 2020

Kristina.Glapa@rams.colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I attended CSU for my undergraduate degree. The atmosphere of Fort Collins and campus was too great to leave, so I knew I wanted to stay here for veterinary school as well. In my free time, I will be found up in the mountains or out on the plains doing any outdoor activity I can. Being able to have fun outside, and get a great education at the same time, made CSU a wonderful choice.

What are your plans after graduation?

My interest is in large animal medicine, preferably in a rural setting. I would hopefully like to stay in Colorado, Wyoming, or Texas.

 

 

Christina Geldert, Class of 2021

cgeldert@colostate.edu  

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I am one of those classic cases that has wanted to be a veterinarian since I was six years old. As I got older, though, I realized that there was SO much more than just picking a school and going, It was about picking a veterinary school that has the best resources for me to try new things and build the career I wanted for myself. I chose CSU because it felt like the place I could do just that. I loved how friendly everyone was during my interview, how large of a support system they have created to ensure our success, and how many chances I have to get hands-on experience. Not to mention, most of my favorite veterinarians that I have worked with have been CSU graduates. I knew it was the place for me!

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to become one of the first veterinarians in the United States to focus on honeybee veterinary medicine. I know, crazy right? 

 

Kelsey Heiberg, Class of 2020

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I chose CSU for many reasons, a big one being that CSU has a long-standing reputation for being one of the best DVM programs in the country. Many veterinarians that I worked with in my journey to vet school had attended CSU, and I worked in a practice that referred patients to CSU frequently for the high standard of care provided by the teaching hospital. I have also been approached by strangers who noticed my CSU DVM t-shirt, to tell me that they know someone who went through the program and they think very highly of it; I think that is really cool and speaks volumes of the program. I was also very impressed by the faculty, I don't know that you could find a more brilliant yet humble group of people!

What are your plans after graduation?

 I am planning to return to Montana after graduation, and at this time I am pretty open-minded about what kind of practice I end up in. So far I want to follow the general/mixed track, I think that will give me the best preparation for practicing in big sky country.

 

Dilara Kiran, Class of 2019

Dilarakiran92@gmail.com

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I've wanted to go to veterinary school for as long as I can remember, but the answer to this question became clearer to me during my undergraduate years. I had an advisor who encouraged me to become involved in research, and apply to combined DVM/PhD programs. I became interested in bridging gaps between veterinary and human medicine and using research to educate clinical practice (and vice versa). I want to use my knowledge of veterinary medicine to help solve global health issues, particularly in areas of infectious disease.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am still trying to keep an open mind about what I will end up doing post veterinary school! However, my current interests lie in laboratory animal medicine, academia, and research (focusing on bacterial infectious disease). 


Collin Kramer, Class of 2021

cgkramer@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I chose to attend Colorado State as I felt it provided an array of opportunities for students who are not necessarily interested in a clinical career in veterinary medicine, such as myself. The incredible family atmosphere, education, and connectedness I feel with my classmates every day solidify my decision in choosing CSU for a prestigious degree in veterinary medicine.

What are your plans after graduation? 

After graduation​, I plan to work somewhere within the United States helping to bridge the gap between animals, people, and our environmental issues. However, I am always willing to adjust my sails and go where the wind takes me!

 


Caitlin Kober, Class of 2020

Caitlin.Kober@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I knew I wanted to spend four years in a school that promoted personal wellness and a top-notch set of professors, and in a town that could always distract me from studying when I needed it, so CSU and Fort Collins were perfect for me.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on working in a mixed practice in Colorado for a few years, and then maybe focusing on some of my other areas of interest after that, like reproductive endocrinology and goats!




Anna Pollard, Class of 2021

pollarda@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I chose CSU for veterinary school because of all the veterinary public health opportunities this school offers! From public health agencies and infectious disease laboratories to the exceptional food animal department at the VTH, CSU offers the ability to get experience in public health and explore career options. The location was also a big selling point because all the hiking, skiing, and camping in the area really provides a great work-life balance.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I hope to practice food animal medicine to codify my clinical skills and gain experience in the industry. Down the line, I would love to work for an infectious disease or food safety agency.

Jenelle Serex, Class of 2019

Jenelle.Serex@colostate.edu

Why did you choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little kid and as I have worked in different fields of veterinary medicine my desire to help pets and their owners has only grown. After moving from California to complete my undergraduate at Colorado State University, I fell in love with the programs at CSU, the campus, and the faculty. I knew that this was where I wanted to attend veterinary school to complete my dream of becoming a veterinarian.

What are your plans after graduation?

After I graduate I plan to go into a small animal general practice that also allows me to work with exotic pets.

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