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DVM Student Ambassadors

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

Meet the DVM Student Ambassadors

 

Brie Beberman, Class of 2019

Breanna.Beberman@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

As a young girl, I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved my animals, wanted to be able to help them, and thought my family's veterinarian was super cool. As an undergrad, I became more interested in how veterinary medicine relates to human medicine, public health, environmental health, anthropology, etc., especially on an international scale. All of this pondering lead me to the MPH/DVM program here at CSU. Also, Fort Collins is an awesome place to be able to spend your non-study time!

What are your plans after graduation?

My plans after graduation are still in flux, and I expect they will be until I start applying for jobs. I'm interested in public health, though haven't decided if working for a public health agency is for me. I love traveling and want to find a way to combine all of my interests into the perfect job where I get to see the world while doing what I love. Clinical veterinary medicine isn't my main interest, though I'm slowly discovery that I might like surgery, so there's that too. We'll see!  

Julia Bromberek, Class of 2019

Julia.Bromberek@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

I grew up showing horses, so my original plan was to be an equine practitioner. However, I started studying epidemiology after undergrad and absolutely loved it. I ultimately decided to go to veterinary school to gain a better understanding of the pathophysiology of the diseases I was studying.

What are your plans after graduation?

My plan is to stay in academia and do canine cancer epidemiology research.

 

 

 

Nicole Carrier, Class of 2019

Nicole.Carrier@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

Anyone who says “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” clearly has never owned a dog. I’ve been around animals my entire life and veterinary medicine is the best way for me to give back that unconditional love. 

What are your plans after graduation?

When I first began this journey, I saw myself specializing in surgery or a becoming a wildlife veterinarian, now that I am almost a year into the program I have discovered several other areas of interest including, pathology, epidemiology, and one health. There are so many avenues within the veterinary profession, it’s hard to narrow it down just yet!  

 

Kenneth Compton, Class of 2019

KJCompto@rams.colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

I have always wanted to be a veterinarian since I was very young. I was lucky enough to grow up here in Colorado, not far from one of the best veterinary schools in the world! While completing my bachelor's and master's degrees at CSU, I fell in love with the school and Fort Collins in general. The amazing faculty and curriculum at CSU, combined with the beautiful Colorado setting are what made CSU my top choice for veterinary school.

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to complete an internship and then go into practice working with small animals and exotics.

Malinda DeBell, Class of 2019

mdebell@rams.colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?
 

As a rambunctious 5 year old girl who loved to figure skate, loved glitter and cowgirl boots, and adored animals 10 times bigger than me; I would get so excited when we would crowd into the car for an eventful trip to the veterinarian for my personal zoo's check up. As my menagerie of pets grew, so did my interest in animal care. Throughout the years of school and 4-H experiences, my learning interests developed from basic animal care and patient/doctor interactions, to increasing my understanding of medicine and the science behind it. I did not attend veterinarian school because I just love animals; I did it because I love medicine, animals, and communication.

What are your plans after graduation?

I strive to become a veterinarian who can help 4-H kids plan their livestock projects, and work with food animals, companion animals and exotic animals. I would like to advocate and educate agricultural leaders on veterinary advances and improve the treatment and diagnosis of all animals.
 

Emm Furst, Class of 2019

emmanuelle1st@gmail.com

Why did you decide to attend vet school?

Like many, I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since I was four years old, when a CSU veterinarian saved my family dog. Although I now know this career is not all puppies and rainbows, I cannot imagine a more fulfilling career. I am excited to spend my days working with medicine, people, and many species of animals.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to immediately work in a mixed animal and exotics private practice, but hope to continue to specialize in neurology/ internal medicine. I would love to eventually end up in academia as a specialist.  

 

Kristina Galpa, Class of 2020

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

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.

 

 

 

Kelsey Heiberg, Class of 2020

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

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.

Anneke Johnson, Class of 2017

anneke.seelig@yahoo.com

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

I chose to attend vet school because I wanted to work in a profession that revolves around love for living things: animals and people. 

What are your plans after graduation?
 

Upon graduation, I hope to work as a mixed animal practitioner in rural Montana, as well as doing public health and community work in Central America. 

Maggie Jones, Class of 2017

Maggie.Caitlin.Jones@gmail.com 

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

Animal health impacts humans from many directions. We rely on healthy animals for food, mental health, and to help stabilize our ecosystem. As a veterinarian, I hope to have an impact through work with exotic animals, wildlife, and zoonotic diseases.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will move back to New Mexico for at least 3 years to fulfill my WICHE contract. I'm not sure what type of clinic I will find myself in, but I'm hoping to get experience with a wide variety of species to prepare me for an eventual career in large exotic animals.  

 

 

Dilara Kiran, Class of 2019

Dilarakiran92@gmail.com

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

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). 

Caitlin Kober, Class of 2020

Caitlin.Kober@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

I knew I wanted to spend 4 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!

 

 

 

Sophie Leone, Class of 2020

SJLeone@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

I have always wanted to attend CSU for veterinary school, and I am so thankful to be here! Through working with many the of CSU alumni in Arizona, and from talking with friends that have been in the program, it sounded like the perfect fit for me. I am tracking large animal and love that the reputation here is so great for getting the hands-on experience I need to be a great practitioner.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am looking forward to working on exclusively food animal species! I’m open to an internship or immediate employment into a position where I can work with livestock producers all day.

 

Kayleigh Marlin, Class of 2020

Kayleigh.Marlin@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

I did my undergrad at CSU and knew that the DVM program offered plenty of opportunities for students to explore what they wanted to do as veterinarians – this was really important to me, because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do once I earned my DVM. I also had many positive interactions with DVM faculty and students as an undergrad. Also, Fort Collins is an awesome place to live!

What are your plans after graduation?

My post-graduation goals change on a regular basis, but I am very interested in small animal orthopedics and rehabilitation. 

 

 

Diane Scavelli, Class of 2019

diane.scavelli@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

My interest in veterinary medicine was sparked at a young age since I essentially grew up in a veterinary hospital that my parents own and operate. As I learned more about the medicine and the profession as a whole my passion for the field only grew, and I knew I made the right decision when I was younger to pursue my dream of going to veterinary school.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I am interested in doing a small animal rotating internship.  

 

 

Sam Scheu, Class of 2019

Sam.Scheu@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school? 

I’ve wanted to be a vet since I was a little kid and watched my horse undergo orthopedic surgery.  I’ve also been lucky enough to have a great mentor who has encouraged me along the way to pursue the profession. 

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to return to Vermont and practice equine and bovine ambulatory medicine.   

 

 

 

Jenelle Serex, Class of 2019

Jenelle.Serex@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

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.

  

Jason Shipman, Class of 2019

Jason.Shipman@colostate.edu

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

The role that veterinarians play in their communities was the primary driving force in my decision to pursue a career in  this profession. Veterinarians have the ability to serve such a wide demographic of people from companion animal care to public health and food safety.

What are your plans after graduation?

Someday I hope to work in a rural area where I am able to provide small animal care for companion animals, as well as large animal care for animals that are vitally important to the economic health of a region.  

 

 

Becca Timmons, Class of 2017

bmtimmon@gmail.com

Why did you decide to attend veterinary school?

When I was a child we couldn't get a dog due to my mom's allergies, so I decided I'd be an animal doctor so I could be with dogs all the time.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on going into a mixed practice and then maybe returning to academia to do research.

 
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