Applications for Regional Leadership open each autumn. To learn more about regional leadership, please contact any of the current National Officers or Regional Leaders.
OUR REGIONAL LEADERS
Samuel Tucker is a first-year student at North Carolina State University with an interest in Zoological Medicine and Epidemiology. Originally from Sanford, North Carolina, Sam obtained his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Alabama in 2017. Upon graduation from school, Sam hopes to join the US Army Veterinary Corps and follow in the footsteps of several of his family members who served in the military. When not anxiously studying for school, Sam enjoys playing with his 1-year old French Bulldog, Olive, along with exercising/binge watching shows on Netflix. Sam is looking forward to serving as a Regional Leader along with his capacity as President-Elect of his VBMA chapter throughout his time in veterinary school.
NORTH CENTRAL REGION
I am originally from South Lyon, Michigan where I grew up and where my dreams of becoming a veterinarian were first sparked in a 4H pre-veterinary club. I was on the High School Equestrian team so purchased a horse known as Jimmy. He is a Morgan jumper. I was awarded my Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Michigan State University. During my time at MSU I worked in the vivarium and this is where I adopted both of my dogs from. I also have a cat that needed adopting from Jimmy’s barn because she has a limb deformity. Obviously I don’t have much free time but when I do I spend it horse riding, staying active by running and walking my dogs and playing board or card games with friends. Not only am I a member of VBMA but I am also a member of OTS and I enjoy being involved, being a representative and sharing information with others.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
Hailey is a second year veterinary student at Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, she attended The Thacher School for high school and completed her Bachelors of Science at University of Vermont. Hailey has worked with several equine veterinarians, experiencing everything from race track medicine to holistic practices, and has made two trips to Africa to assist in conservation research, one to Botswana and the other to Namibia. She is primarily interested in becoming an equine veterinarian, and hopes to become a practice owner with the skills VBMA has taught her. With her free time, you’ll find Hailey backpacking, surfing, skiing, or playing with her dog Moose. At Purdue, Hailey is part of several clubs and serves as the Marketing Chair for the VBMA chapter. Hailey is excited to be a 2018 Regional Leader and is looking forward to helping chapters any way she can.
Emily Farmer is a second year student at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a first year KSU Master’s in Public Health graduate student. She is originally from Indianola, Iowa and received her Bachelor of Sciences with Honors from the University of Iowa in 2014 in Human Physiology, with minors in Chemistry and German. Emily has a spunky one year old shepherd mix named Sawyer that likes to keep life outside of vet school interesting. When she isn’t studying, Emily enjoys hiking and being outdoors, playing squash, as well as participating in her school’s intramural sports. She hopes to start out in a rural mixed animal practice, work towards practice ownership, and eventually one day work for the CDC.
Lillian is a second year student at Washington State University. As a born and raised Idahoan she plans to return to Southwestern Idaho upon graduation and fast track into practice ownership. Lillian believes integrative medicine is the future and wishes to provide compassionate well-rounded care to her future clientele. Thus, she plans to open a fully integrative practice in Southwestern Idaho. Later in her career she would also like to open an urgent care in the more rural portion of SW Idaho to provide more conveniently located after hours care. Lillian also has a raptor rehabilitation and falconry license and plans to continue rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey as a veterinarian. Outside of veterinary school, Lillian likes to spend time outdoors adventuring with her husband and two dogs: Timber, the beagle, and Athena, the Husky/Lab mix.
Sara Beth Dodson
Sara Beth ( SB ) grew up in a small town in Virginia and attended an Air Force Military Academy for high school. She is a third year student at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. SB has one dog, Piper, and two horses, Buddy and Scotch. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family, dog, and horses. She is passionate about small animal and equine medicine and plans to obtain certifications in acupuncture and canine and equine physical rehabilitation. In the future, she hopes to own a practice and potentially go into industry. SB is excited to take on the Southern Central Regional Leader role and is looking forward to being more involved with NVBMA.
Kayla grew up in South Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from Clemson University. She is now in the class of 2019 at Kansas State University CVM. Companion exotics are her passion, particularly avians, and she plans to own a specialty practice in the future. She is also involved in shelter medicine. During her free time, she enjoys sketching and calligraphy, and studying new languages. She has a Siamese, a tabby, a cockatiel, fosters for the local humane society, and never a dull day! After serving as President for her VBMA chapter, she is thrilled to continue her involvement with VBMA as a Regional Leader.