OUR 2021 REGIONAL LEADERS

The VBMA Regional Leaders are veterinary students that volunteer their time to lead the six geographic regions of the VBMA. They facilitate the exchange of ideas between chapters in their region and nationally, ensure that information flows freely to and from the national organization, and help their chapters drive toward success.

Applications for Regional Leadership open each autumn. To learn more about regional leadership, please contact any of the current National Officers or Regional Leaders.

Elizabeth (Libby) Czapor

North Central Region

Libby Czapor is a third-year student at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she served as Chapter President in 2019. Originally from Connecticut, she hopes to eventually move back to New England as a small animal and exotic veterinarian. She plans to be a practice owner and looks forward to serving as a mentor for those within her community that may be interested in veterinary medicine. In her free time, Libby loves traveling to new places, reading a “can’t put it down” book, and spending time with friends. She adopted her cat, Apollo, shortly after starting vet school and he is her pride and joy! Libby is incredibly passionate about the VBMA and has loved being involved throughout vet school. She is excited to be able to share this passion and connect with students from across the country through her role as Regional Leader, and she is honored to expand her involvement to a national level!

Madi Perry

South Central Region

Madi Perry is a third-year veterinary student at Washington State University. At WSU she was the Chapter President for the 2020 year. She is originally from Bellingham, WA, and went to undergraduate school at the University of Portland to obtain a BS in biology and BA in psychology. Madi hopes to be a small animal general practitioner that has a focus in rehabilitation and acupuncture. On top of that, she is interested in owning multiple practices. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with her two puppies, Pip and Jinn. Madi is looking forward to being a part of the Regional Leader team, getting to know everyone in her region, and continuing her business education!

 

Kylie Watson

WESTERN REGION

Kylie Watson is a second-year veterinary student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is dual enrolled at the University of Minnesota working on her MPH. With an interest in small animal medicine, business management, and One Health, Kylie hopes to combine these passions into a unique veterinary career fit for her. Born and raised on Maui, she looks forward to eventually returning home to Hawai`i to start her career as a veterinarian. She is currently serving as Secretary at her local VBMA chapter, and is also heavily involved with SAVMA at LMU-CVM as an Executive Board member. Kylie is ecstatic about continuing her VBMA involvement and expanding her leadership responsibilities as a Regional Leader. Taking on the role of Regional Leader, Kylie hopes to encourage and contribute to the personal development of VBMA members. By helping to improve communication skills, empathy, entrepreneurship, and leadership, she believes that veterinary students can enter society as more competent and confident veterinarians, further advancing the veterinary profession.

 

Amy Zhang

GREAT LAKES REGION

Amy Zhang is a third year veterinary student at Cornell University. She grew up in Grafton, MA, but now calls Clarksburg, MD home and hopes to return to Montgomery County after graduation. She received her B.S. in ACS-Certified Chemistry from Tufts University. She has served as her chapter’s Treasurer for the past two years and is a founding member of Cornell Vet’s tabletop games club Tabletop Vets. Amy wants to practice high quality small animal medicine and own her own practice in the future. In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, nature photography, cooking, and building rock sculptures for her turtles Annie, Fannie, and Mike! She is looking forward to sharing all of the incredible opportunities and connections that VBMA has to offer with her chapters and helping them reach their goals!

Nia Granville

EASTERN REGION

Nia Granville is a second year at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently tracking mixed animal because she is unsure what the future holds. She received a B.S in Animal Science from Berry College where she developed many hobbies outside of veterinary medicine. In the future she wants to be a practice owner that also runs a mentorship program for minority students that are interested in the field of veterinary medicine. VBMA is providing her with a way to develop the leadership skills to be able to run business and mentorship program. She is the current president of the University of Georgia chapter because VBMA has become her favorite part of vet school. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, walking her dog, and all kinds of wellness opportunities. She will try anything once! She looks forward to working with the National VBMA.

 

Meera Patel

SOUTHERN REGION

Meera Patel is a second year student at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Bartlett, TN and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is interested in mixed animal practice and wants to go into clinical teaching after years in practice. At LSU, she serves as the VBMA Compliance Director and holds positions in other clubs as well. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, cheering on the LSU Tigers, and enjoying the outdoors. Meera is excited to work with other VBMA chapters as a Regional Leader and broadening business and networking skills!