2022-2023 Executive

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Co-President - Amanda Gawza

Program and Year: 3rd Year Biological Science

Pronouns: She/Her
Hi everyone! My name is Amanda and I am in my third year of Biological Science. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to and fascinated by animals. As a child, I loved to play with frogs, toads, insects, and any other living creatures that entered my path. Currently, my favourite animals are rhinos and cows.
My experience working for veterinarians has emphasized the fact that a career in veterinary medicine is absolutely what I want to pursue. I aspire to continue to learn about and gain experience with all different species of animals, as the world of veterinary science is so vast! I cannot wait to connect with everyone over our shared love of animals and the profession.

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Co-President - Niharika Prakash

Program and Year: 3rd year Biological Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her

Growing up, I would run to a deer I spotted on the roadside, get into waters with stingrays and feed homeless animals on the streets of New Delhi. My passion for animals has been a defining trait in my personality since I was 3 years old. My goal is to become a veterinarian and my dream is to enjoy every bit of that journey. 

I am interested in gaining more experience with large, exotic animals. Recently, I got to explore a research opportunity in the veterinary field and fell in love with it! I am open to exploring various aspects of the field, in hope to learn as much as I can along the way. This year as FVC Co-President, I aim to give my all to helping other pre-vet students achieve their goals.

Faculty Advisor - Elizabeth Lowenger

Faculty Advisor - Elizabeth Lowenger

Manager of Student Affairs, Ontario Veterinary College

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Communications Officer - Alena Parkinson

Program and Year: 4th Year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/They

Aspirations: I have loved learning about animals (big and small!) for my entire life and pursuing a career in veterinary medicine was something I felt was right for me! In the future I hope to work with exotics or in wildlife rehabilitation, but I’m open to any specialty that allows me to care for animals and do what I love.

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Senior Events Coordinator - Christina Gao

Program and Year: 3rd Year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: My journey with animals started at a very young age, beginning with a little fear and doubt. But after all the experiences I had with them, I started to understand the beauty and conflicts within human-animal relationships. I decided that I want to keep working with both sides to maximize the beauty and minimize the conflict. My goals now are to get into OVC to develop my potentials, so that I am able to help when needed, and I want to encourage the members of FVC to reveal their abilities confidently with me.

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Junior Events Coordinator - Hannah Oakey

Program and Year: 2nd year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: I didn’t know I wanted to become a veterinarian until I started a job at a local animal hospital. Since then my passion and interest in the field has helped me flourish as a pre-veterinary student! My favourite part of veterinary medicine thus far has been emergency medicine and research, although I am driven in all aspects of the field! I look forward to using the University of Guelph's Future Vet club as a platform to share this passion and inspire others!

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Senior Marketing & Website Officer - Eva Gharabaghi

Program and Year: 2nd Year Bio-Medical Science

Pronouns: She/Her

Hi, I’m Eva and I am so excited to be a member of the Future Vets Club Executive Team! I am passionate about animal welfare and I find medicine fascinating, so I’ve long known that veterinary medicine is the field for me. I am especially interested in companion animal surgery and oncology. By one day becoming a vet, my goal is to improve the health of animals, humans, and the environment. I’ve been lucky to have some incredible experiences in veterinary research and wildlife rehabilitation, as well as fostering orphaned cats and dogs, so it is also important to me to also promote animal rescue and veterinary outreach. As a member of the FVC Executive Team, I hope to support other future vets on our journeys towards this meaningful career!

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Secretary - Alex Czudner

Program and Year: 4th Year Arts & Sciences

Aspirations: I have always had a love for animals and have been wanting to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I am currently leaning towards small animals, but I am keeping an open mind, as I do love all species. I would love to one day specialize in surgery. I am so excited to see where this journey takes me!

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Senior Treasurer - Sydney Topfer

Program and Year: 3rd Year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: I have always been fascinated by the biology of animals which has led me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. I would love to work with exotic species but am also very interested in wildlife rehabilitation, and have a particular interest in surgery and nutrition. I am excited to further explore the vast field of veterinary medicine and meet new people along the way!

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Senior Editor of the Omnis Animalis - Melissa Feng

Program and Year: 3rd year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: Animals have played an irreplaceable role in my life up until this point, and I would love to be able to give back in my own way. My current goal is to enter the OVC to pursue veterinary medicine, but I am keeping my career paths open to explore various areas of animal care. I have a particular interest in wildlife, small animals, and potentially a specialization in internal medicine! For the time being, my aim is to expand my knowledge and experience in as many different areas of animal care as possible.

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Executive Assistant - Holly Liu

Program and Year: 2nd Year Bio-Medical Science

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: Growing up, I was always that kid that stopped and asked to pet every. single. dog. that walked by. These furry little creatures sparked some kind of curiosity in me and followed as I continued my years. During highschool I was fortunate enough to be able to co-op at my local clinic and shortly after was offered a job. Being able to see my favourite subjects being intertwined with my passion for animals set a lightbulb off in my head and wanted to learn more about veterinary medicine. I've still got a long way to go but with such a supportive and amazing community I feel very secure knowing I have all the help I need and I hope to provide the same! I would love to dive deeper in emergency medicine and neurology but as of right now I'm pretty much an open book!

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Executive Assistant - Katie Trepyshko

Program and Year: 3rd Year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: I have always loved animals and wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. I have been fortunate enough to work at a small animal clinic and volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary and I’m particularly interested in small animal, exotic, and wildlife medicine. I would also be interested in specializing in surgery or emergency medicine in the future, however I am open to all possibilities!