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2020/2021 SCVMA Representatives

Introducing Svetlana Ponsin, SCVMA President, representing the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). 

Growing up on her family’s grain and potato farm in St. Eustache, Manitoba Svetlana gained an appreciation for agriculture and developed a passion for animal production while attending the University of Manitoba where she pursued an Animal Systems degree in the Faculty of Agriculture. While in university, she worked and volunteered on various livestock operations and at veterinary clinics including the university’s Glenlea Research Station, Anderson Animal Hospital, and the Veterinary Diagnostic Services Lab to gain experience and broaden her knowledge of animals and veterinary medicine.

In 2018, Svetlana realized her childhood dream of pursuing veterinary medicine when she accepted to WCVM.  Currently, Svetlana is the VetPrep Representative for her class, and participates in a variety of clubs, including the equine club and her class’s merch committee. She is also a student member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians. In her free time she is a flute and piccolo player in the WCVM Chamber Orchestra and over summer break enjoys spending time with horses, barrel racing and trail riding.

She has gained valuable experience over the last two summers working for Swine Health Professionals, an all-swine veterinary practice, and more recently in a mixed animal practice at Woodlands Veterinary Clinic and plans to return to Manitoba to work in mixed practice, providing access to veterinary care for rural communities.

Svetlana is honoured to be your SCVMA President and represent veterinary students on the CVMA for the 2020-2021 school year.

To contact Svetlana, please email her at sep361@mail.usask.ca.

Next, meet Kelcey King, SCVMA representative for the University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM)!

Kelcey grew up on a small acreage farm in Spruce Grove, Alberta with a variety of animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, and a potbelly pig. She was fortunate to have whatever pet she wanted, under the condition that she was responsible for its care. She was given her first horse on her 8th birthday and from there jumped into the horse world by joining 4-H and the Canadian Pony Club. 

Kelcey became involved in Show Jumping and the Prince Philip Games where she competed and coached at the national level. While earning her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree at MacEwan University, she remained active in the horse community by volunteering at Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association and became an exercise rider at a hunting barn while on an educational exchange in Ireland.

After completing her B.Sc., Kelcey moved to St. John's, Newfoundland to complete her Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in microbiology with a focus on antibiotic resistance. It was the first time Kelcey didn’t have pets to keep her company.  Missing them greatly, she started volunteering at the local SPCA and worked as a veterinary assistant at a vet clinic.  Before long, she had two pet rats, a cat from the SPCA, a beagle from Beagle Paws and a love for veterinary medicine. Kelcey completed her M.Sc degree and was accepted into UCVM.

Kelcey travels back to Newfoundland in the summer to work at a small animal veterinary practice and has developed a newfound love of cows. She spends a couple weeks helping a family friend with their calving season on their 3000 head cattle ranch.

Since joining the UCVM Class of 2022, Kelcey has become a member of numerous clubs and is excited and honoured to be chosen for her role as the SCVMA committee representative for UCVM. 

To contact Kelcey, please email her at kelcey.king@ucalgary.ca.

And then there’s Katie McQueen, SCVMA representative for the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC)!

Katie grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Although she did not grow up on a farm, spent much of her childhood and teenage years in a barn, working and riding horses. After completing a high school co-op placement at an Equine Surgical and Emergency Referral Center in Southern Ontario, she went on to work for them for an additional 8 months before leaving for University. Katie attended Dalhousie University at their Agricultural campus in Truro, NS, obtaining a B.Sc. (Agriculture) with a major in Animal Science.

During these years, her love and interest for agriculture and livestock animals grew. She worked on a dairy farm and assisted with a research project on improving fertility in sheep. Katie also balanced her academics as a varsity athlete on the rugby and equestrian teams and as a CrossFit Coach.

After graduation, Katie moved to Sydney, NS where she worked as a Veterinary Assistant at a small animal clinic so she could obtain her Atlantic Residency to apply to AVC in Prince Edward Island. In 2019 Katie was delighted to be accepted to AVC as part of their incoming Class of 2023.

Currently, she is acting Co-President for the Integrative Medicine Club and Treasurer for the Theriogenology Club. Her interests in veterinary medicine include equine sports medicine, theriogenology and pathology, however, loves learning new things and has no doubt her desired career path will change multiple times throughout the next few years. 

To contact Katie, please email her at kmcqueen@upei.ca.

And meet Peyton Tam, SCVMA representative for the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

Peyton is from Toronto, Ontario and has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long she can remember.  Her love for animals, and the environment, inspired her to volunteer for organizations such as Community Veterinary Outreach as well as excel academically.  She knew she wanted to attend the University of Guelph for undergraduate studies to get one step closer to realizing her dream of attending OVC. 

In 2016, she began her academic career as an Animal Biology major by receiving the Lincoln Alexander Scholarship -- one of the universities most prestigious scholarships.  This scholarship is awarded to a student with high academics and a significant leadership presence within their community.  It opened many doors during her undergraduate years such as research assistantships, representing the university at public events, and mentoring guidance.  Peyton worked on research projects ranging from small ruminant health to comparative oncology.  She was accepted to OVC after completing 3 years of her undergraduate degree and is grateful for the wonderful people and teachers she met. 

Although overwhelming at first, she settled into veterinary school life and has enjoyed extracurricular activities such as sitting on the Central Veterinary Student Association (CVSA), and being the SCVMA representative for OVC.  Peyton is also the SCVMA Symposium Chair for the upcoming 2021 Symposium to be held at OVC. When she is not on the OVC campus, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, her dog and cat.  She stays active by playing hockey on the co-ed school team and doing outdoor activities. Peyton is very grateful for the opportunity to represent OVC as a CVMA ambassador.

To contact Peyton, please email her at tamp@uoguelph.ca.

And finally, meet Charlotte Nury, SCVMA representative for the only French-speaking Canadian veterinary school, the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV) de l’Université de Montréal.

Born and raised in the countryside near Quebec City, Charlotte spent most of her childhood outdoors discovering the great biodiversity in her backyard. Growing up, her family fostered their fair share of animals, from rabbits and hares to pheasants, Canada geese and ducks – in addition to their family Labrador. Charlotte decided to pursue her passion for nature by pursuing a Technical Diploma in Environmental and Wildlife Management at Cégep de Sainte-Foy. 

After graduation, Charlotte decided to take two gap years to figure out what she wanted to do next and after spending a year in the beautiful Yukon Territory working as a French Assistant, Charlotte found her true calling: veterinary medicine. She was accepted to FMV in 2018 with hopes to combine her biology background with veterinary medicine to eventually focus on Wildlife Health and Zoological Medicine, as well as collaborate in transdisciplinary research in tune with the One Health approach.

Currently, she volunteers at the Bird of Prey Clinic, participates in the student association and the Environmental Club and co-chairs the Zoological Medicine Club, in addition to working as a research assistant. During her free time, she enjoys cinema and outdoors activities such as hiking, camping, cross-country skiing and canoeing.

Charlotte is excited to represent her fellow students on the SCVMA Committee, giving her the opportunity to encourage inter-university collaboration as well as addressing issues on the national level.

To contact Charlotte, please email her at charlotte.nury@gmail.com.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact students@cvma-acmv.org.