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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 DVM Program at Colorado State University, as well as provide leadership and professional growth opportunities to current veterinary students.

Meet the DVM Student Ambassadors 

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.

Brie Beberman, Class of 2019

Breanna.Beberman@colostate.edu

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

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. This lead me to the MPH/DVM program 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 we'll see!  

Julia Bromberek, Class of 2019

Julia.Bromberek@colostate.edu

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

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 choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

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! 

 

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. 

 

Kenneth Compton, Class of 2019

KJCompto@rams.colostate.edu

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

I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. I was lucky enough to grow up 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. The amazing faculty and curriculum at CSU, combined with the beautiful Colorado setting, 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 choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

As a rambunctious 5-year-old girl, I 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.

 

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 Glapa, 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 graduatio​n, 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!

 

 

 

Sophie Leone, Class of 2020

SJLeone@colostate.edu

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

I have always wanted to attend CSU for veterinary school, and I am so thankful to be here! Through working with many CSU alumni, 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 at CSU 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 choose to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University?

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.  

 

 

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. 

Diane Scavelli, Class of 2019

diane.scavelli@colostate.edu

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

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.   

 

 

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.

  

Jason Shipman, Class of 2019

Jason.Shipman@colostate.edu

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

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.​​​

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