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Allie Smith, Team Leader

Georgia Tech

Hi everyone! My name is Allie and I am a third year biomedical engineering student at Georgia Institute of Technology. Following graduation, I hope to attend veterinary school and I cannot wait to pair my passions for travel, animals, and service through VAW!

Emily Jacques, Team Leader

University of Arizona

Hi Everyone!

I’m Emily, a sophomore at the University of Arizona. I am very excited to be the first team leader at U of A, and can’t wait to see it grow. One of my biggest passions is traveling around the world and experiencing new cultures. After undergrad I hope to attend veterinary school, and to one day open up a non-profit dedicated to improving animal & human health worldwide.

In my free time I compete in rodeo and work at Rillito Racetrack as a horse exerciser. On my breaks I volunteer at various animal shelters and veterinary clinics.

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Katie Reilly, Team Leader

Villanova University

Hi! My name is Katie Reilly and I am a sophomore at Villanova University. I’m majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. I am excited to start a VAW Veterinary Outreach Chapter at Villanova and I can’t wait to see how the program grows in the future!

Lisa Cullen, Team Leader

Texas A&M

Howdy! My name is Lisa and I’m a Junior Biomedical Science major with a minor in Public Health and certificate in Public Health Entomology.  Im from Kerrville, Tx and have worked at Kerrville Veterinary Clinic for 2 years during school breaks.  I plan to go to veterinary school and possibly specialize in feline medicine!

I love spending time with my family and friends and of course my three cats and seven month old puppy! I’m so excited to get this branch started at Texas A&M and can’t wait to watch it grow!

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Madi Purdy-Hein, Team Leader


Hi there! My name is Madi Purdy-Hein, I am a Microbiology major at Brigham Young University. Growing up in Iowa City, around plenty of farms, I developed my love for animals. I have enjoyed every opportunity to work with animals since then.

I intend on going to veterinarian school and I hope to work with rescued exotic animals once I have my degree. I am excited to establish a Veterinarian Branch of VAW. There is a lot of great work that needs to be done, a Pre-Vet VAW branch will make a huge difference.

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Nicole DeRogatis, Team Leader

Villanova University

Hi! My name is Nicole DeRogatis and I’m a sophomore at Villanova University. I’m pursuing a Biology major and an Italian minor and I plan on going to veterinary school following graduation.

Sydney Sweet, Team Leader

Ohio State University

Hello, My name is Sydney Sweet and I am a second year at The Ohio State University. I am an animal science major with a specialization in biological sciences, and I am a hunter-jumper horse rider in my free time. I hope to attend vet school when I am done with undergrad. I would love to work with large production animals such as cattle, pigs and sheep.

January 18, 2018

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