2019 NATIONAL OFFICERS
Ricky Walther is a third year veterinary student at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine tracking small animal medicine. He was born in California and attended UC Davis, graduating with a B.S. in Animal Science. Throughout high school he shadowed at small animal veterinary hospitals and developed a passion for medicine. His favorite part of the veterinary field is the ability to develop connections with the clients and their pets and provide medical care throughout the pet’s life. While at UC Davis for undergrad he was a supervisor for resident advisors in the dorms and learned that management and helping others grow professionally excited him as much as medicine. In vet school he joined VBMA and found that practice ownership allows him to purse both of his passions. After graduation, he plans to go into general practice and hopes to one day own multiple practices. Outside of veterinary medicine, Ricky enjoys boating, camping and hiking. He also likes spending time with his wife and mini Australian Shepherd named Kiya.
Emily is a second year dual-degree DVM/MPH student at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in 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 two 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 USDA. The opportunities created through being involved with the VBMA, along with the connections to amazing people and inspiration received from veterinary innovators makes Emily extremely excited to be involved with the VBMA on the local level as President of the KSU chapter, and on the national level as a Regional Leader and member of the National Board.
Samuel Tucker is a second-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. Sam is currently a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Veterinary Corps through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Upon graduation, he will be promoted to Captain and will use the skills taught in veterinary school to serve his country. An active reader, Sam also enjoys traveling and exercise. Sam is looking forward to serving as a member of the 2019 National Board for VBMA. He currently serves as a Regional Leader for the Pacific Region along with his capacity as President-Elect of his VBMA chapter.
BUSINESS CERTIFICATE DIRECTOR
Rebecca (Becca) Mears is a third-year student at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelors of Science in Equine Science & Management from the University of Kentucky. Becca plans to pursue a career as an equine practitioner. Her life long interest in horses, especially equine athletes, is what led her to the field of veterinary medicine. She now enjoys being an active part of her vet school community. Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys baking, yoga, crafting, and impromptu dance parties. She loves spending time with her rescue pup Remington Fletcher, Duke of Athens.
Amanda is a second year vet student at North Carolina State University. She is originally from Pennsylvania but has called Raleigh home since 2013 when she began her undergraduate career at NCSU majoring in Animal Science and Political Science. Amanda loves working with cattle and pigs in production medicine but also is fostering new interest in home hospice care for pets. She enjoys participating in a variety of clubs but VBMA has been her main passion, serving as Marketing Coordinator for her local chapter. Outside of school, Amanda spends her time with her four cats, Lt. Dan, Oliver, Dash, and Nimbus and enjoys doing yoga and reading.
Shiloh is an incoming 3rd year student at the University of Illinois. She is interested in small animal, wildlife, and zoo animals. She hopes to someday specialize in anesthesiology and to start her own not for profit organization, focusing on providing Veterinary care and education to undeveloped areas of the world. Shiloh’s favorite animal is a giraffe, her favorite place in the world is South Africa, and her favorite sport to play is rugby.