Executive 2023-2024

The Future Vets Club is led by a group of dedicated undergraduate students with a love for animals and a goal of attending veterinary school, like you! Our executive team works together to put on the many events we run annually to support fellow pre-vet students in the same position as us. Elections are run annually as positions become available, learn more about applying to the executive team on our "Join Our Team" tab on this website. 

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Image Description: A photo of the 2022-2023 FVC Executive Team


Co-President - Amanda Gawza

Program and Year: 4th 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.


Co-President - Sydney Topfer

Program and Year: 4th 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!


Faculty Advisor - Elizabeth Lowenger

Manager of Student Affairs, Ontario Veterinary College


Senior Events Coordinator - Chathu Mahanama

Program and Year: 3rd year Animal Biology
Pronouns: She/Her

Although I’ve never had any pets of my own, my interest and love for animals knows no bounds. Even as a child, I was often found watching nature documentaries and zoo veterinary shows with wide eyes and an elephant plushie by my side. I have a strong passion for zoological medicine and hope to one day play a role in wildlife conservation. My experiences as a vet assistant only made my aspirations clearer. In the future, I hope to explore new topics in the field and learn more about exotic animal health. I’m so glad to be a part of the amazing FVC support network and look forward to connecting with other members on our journey through the pre-vet experience!


Senior Events Coordinator - Theodora Notopol

Program and Year: 3rd Year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: I have always had a love for animals and have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. There hasn't been a day in my life when I didn't have an animal by my side. For the past 5 years, I've been volunteering with an animal rescue organization and worked alongside vets. This experience has only solidified my passion and understanding of the veterinary profession. With that, my goal is to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, with an emphasis on surgery for small animals and wildlife species. I'm excited to be part of the FVC team and look forward to working with like-minded individuals!  


Junior Events Coordinator - Holly Liu

Program and Year: 3rd 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!


Communication Officer - Melissa Feng

Program and Year: 4th 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.


Website & Marketing Officer - Eva Gharabaghi

Program and Year: 3rd Year Bio-Medical Science

Pronouns: She/They

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 rescue, research, and rehabilitation, so it is 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!


Marketing Officer - Ronit Kolet

Program and Year: 3rd Year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: For as long as I can remember I have found animals fascinating and have always had an eagerness to know more about them. Ever since I was a little kid I knew I wanted to have a future that involved working around animals and finding ways to help them. This led me down the path to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. With my main interest currently being companion animals, over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to learn a lot more about other options within the veterinary field, not only through my program but also largely through the Future Vets Club! My passions for animal welfare, rehabilitation, and conservation have grown immensely and I hope to one day reach my goal of getting into the OVC to apply these passions and incorporate them into my career. Being an Executive on the FVC team, I hope to encourage and support members with similar hopes in any way I can to help them reach their goals too!


Senior Treasurer - Lindsay McMurter

Program and Year: 2nd Year Zoology

Aspirations: I’ve been surrounded by animals since I was a kid and have had a passion for taking care of them which led me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.Over the past 3 years I have worked in a vet clinic and have seen first hand what animal medicine is all about. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and one day hope to work with wildlife or in emergency medicine. I’m excited to be a part of the FVC executive team and look forward to meeting others who are as passionate about animals as I am.


Junior Treasurer - Mya Pellegrini

Program and Year: 2nd Year Bio-Medical Science

Pronouns: She/Her

Hi everyone! My name is Mya and I am a first year Biomedical Sciences student. Growing up, I had a huge affinity for animals and knew that one day I would want to be a veterinarian. As I became older, I was made aware of what a challenging and daunting process this can be. I love people equally as much as I love animals, and I want to help other aspiring vets navigate their way through this process just as I am trying to do! Along my journey I have already learned so many new things, spoken to so many new people and overall, deepened my love and admiration for the work that veterinarians do every day. I am open to all fields of veterinary medicine and I am eager to see where the rest of my journey takes me. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the FVC!


Senior Editor of the Omnis Animalis - Anna Jedynak

Program and Year: 3rd Year Animal Biology
Pronouns: She/Her

Bio: Working with animals in some way has always been a goal of mine, and wildlife rehabilitation and conservation is my largest area of interest. Studying veterinary medicine is how I intend to realize my dream of protecting and rehabilitating endangered species, and to help preserve the environment. I have been fortunate enough to volunteer with organizations that gave me experience around injured wildlife, which helped me to form my future goals. As the Junior Editor of the Omnis Animalis, I am excited to inform others of potential opportunities and passions in the veterinary field


Junior Editor of the Omnis Animalis - Emily Camarda

Program and Year: 3rd Year Animal Biology
Pronouns: she/her

Aspirations: Ever since I was a little girl, I was obsessed with the idea of working with animals when I was older. My favourite thing to do was play ‘vet’ with my stuffed animals by covering them in band-aids until I decided they were healed. In university so far I’ve had opportunities to volunteer at animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and farms. I love gathering experience with as many animal species as possible - I'm still figuring out which ones I want to work with the most after school! For now, I'm so excited to be pursuing a veterinary pathway in university, because ultimately I have always been passionate about animals and I want to help other students with similar passions find their way into vet school along with me! I look forward to making meaningful connections with other future vets and using our common love of animals to propel us into making the world a better place together.


Secretary - Ryleigh Wentworth

Program and Year: 4th year Animal Biology

Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: Like many of you, I wanted to help animals when I was little.  Since then, I’ve been exploring the unique opportunities the animal industry has to offer.  My family has two cats and I have worked with large and small animals, but my favourite experience is volunteering at Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge.  Now I’m proudly embracing my certified bird nerd and crazy cat lady era!  The journey towards veterinary medicine is intimidating, but I look forward to helping you find your way and connecting over our shared love of animals!


Outreach Officer - Andrea Glube

Program and Year: 2nd year Bio-Medical Science
Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: In grade 10 I spent one day job shadowing at a small animal clinic and was instantly drawn to the world of veterinary medicine. Since then, I've spent time working at a local clinic and volunteering at a guide dog center overseas during my gap year. I've recently started helping out with some cow research projects and am really looking forward to expanding my knowledge in the field. I'm thrilled to be a part of this club and can't wait to watch all of these future vets turn into real vets. An exciting journey lies ahead!


Outreach Officer - Vanessa Pompeo

Program and Year: 3rd year Bio-Medical Sciences
Pronouns: She/Her
Aspirations: Animals have played a huge part in the person I am today and the goals I am striving for in my future! Since I was little, I have always been so fascinated by animals and their welfare. With that said, I have an enormous passion for veterinary medicine, and I am hoping to pursue a career within the field. I love working with small animals, but I also have an interest in marine and wildlife species. I am so excited to make a positive impact within the FVC team, as well as help other like-minded individuals with their path to vet school!


Executive Assistant - Grace Watling

Program and Year: 3rd Year Zoology

Pronouns: She/They

Aspirations: I'm passionate about helping animals and supporting the owners that come with them. I have always loved cats, and I currently have four feline friends in my life. Their names are Romeo, Charlotte, Johnny, and Sneakers. I aspire to specialize in feline research or small animal medicine someday so I can learn more about these amazing creatures and help them even more. I know I would like my career to involve cats somehow! I would be open to other paths, including exotic feline care or specializing. I'm studying Zoology and plan to apply to OVC (Ontario Veterinary College) after finishing my fourth year and potentially a minor. I'm involved on campus as a Residence Life staff member (Resident Assistant), University of Guelph Ambassador, Ambassador Tour Guide, and Lobby Supervisor. I love interacting with my friends, peers and mentors on campus, so if you see me around, feel free to stop me to say hi (probably in Chatime). I'm excited to connect with others who share my passion for animals and veterinary medicine through the FVC Executive team!


Executive Assistant - Shraddha Madaria

Program and Year: 2nd year Zoology
Pronouns: She/Her

Aspirations: Hello everyone! My name is Shraddha Madaria, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of FVC this year. I've always loved animals, and after volunteering at several animal hospitals, I'm confident that I want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. I especially love the idea of continuous education and mystery since every animal has a different story and requires a different approach making every day a unique experience. Currently, I am interested in exploring exotic species in the wild and conducting research on animal behaviors. I would love to chat with like-minded individuals and introduce them to the world of veterinary science as part of the FVC!