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Meet the 2019–2020 Students of the CVMA (SCVMA) Committee Representatives!

September 4, 2019

The Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) Committee consists of one CVMA student representative at each of the 5 Canadian veterinary colleges, strengthening the links between the Association and its student members.

Audrey Roy, SCVMA Committee representative (and SCVMA president) for the only French-speaking Canadian veterinary school, the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV)  de l’Université de Montréal, in SaintHyacinthe, Québec, is originally from Magog, Québec.  From an early age, Audrey accrued many hobbies and constantly tapped into new  interests. She loves adventure and is ready to pack her bags at any given opportunity.  Audrey originally completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, with  Distinction at the University of Ottawa, before finding her true calling; her passion for  veterinary medicine flourished during an internship at a zoological park. Audrey opted for  a career change and began her veterinary medical training in 2017 at the University of  Montreal.

Since her career change, Audrey has been thriving both professionally and personally.    Aside from her studies and 2 part-time jobs, she participates in many social and extracurricular activities: she volunteers at the Birds of Prey Clinic, she sits on the Student Bar Management Committee, and she also co-chairs the Zoological Medicine Club  at FMV.

 Audrey embodies the notions of energy and optimism and is always ready to face new   challenges. She will enthusiastically and humbly represent Canadian veterinary students on the CVMA’s Council as the 2019/2020 SCVMA Committee president. She looks forward to putting forth student concerns and taking an active part in the growth of the veterinary profession she is so passionate about.

Emma Bush, SCVMA Committee representative (and SCVMA vice-president) for the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. From Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Emma was inspired from an early ageby the stories of British veterinarian James Herriot, and by parents who fostered a motley assortment of hobby farm animals. Emma’s passion for animals grew as she graduated from cuddling her family’s sheep, rabbits, cats, dogs and ducks to showing dogs and dairy cattle through 4H Canada, a not-for-profit organization that is focused on strong leadership for world-class positive youth development experiences in Canada. Emma also showed in international dressage competitions and worked at private dressage barns throughout her high school career and her undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Emma was accepted by AVC in 2017 but she deferred for one year to complete her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science with a minor in English. She completed an Honors research project on Lyme disease in the Maritime horse population under the supervision of Dr. Vett Lloyd. Emma started at AVC in the fall of 2018 and has recently completed her first year of study. She has a wide range of interests ranging from equine sports medicine to policy making with a focus on animal welfare and food security. In her spare time, Emma is an avid reader, teaches riding lessons, rides her own dressage horse, sings in a choir, downhill skis and plays the piano. Emma is overjoyed to be fulfilling her dream of becoming a veterinarian and is proud to be representing her university and her class on a national level as the AVC’s SCVMA Committee representative.

Rachel Paradis, SCVMA Committee representative for the University of Calgary — Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), was born and raised in Langley, British Colombia. She grew up with a love of all animals and an infinitely curious nature. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Distinction from Simon Fraser University in 2015. She then moved to Calgary, Alberta where she worked in a clinic, as well as for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, before joining the UCVM class of 2021.

Rachel has a passion for large animal practice, particularly dairy. She is actively involved in the bridge between students and industry, being the student representative for the Western Drug Distribution Center Limited (WDDC) and for the Annual UCVM Trade Fair. This led her to pursue the SCVMA Committee representative position. And she is looking forward to representing the CVMA at UCVM and being involved with the Association.

 

Vanessa Fussell, SCVMA Committee representative for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), was born and raised in Greater Vancouver, British Colombia. Vanessa loves all animals and has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors and her hobbies include playing soccer, biking the seawall, hiking with her dog and horseback riding.

Before attending veterinary school, Vanessa was involved with her soccer community as a player, coach, and certified referee. She also worked in 3 veterinary clinics alongside experienced veterinarians and spent a few weeks in Guatemalavolunteering at a wildlife rescue center. These experiences solidified that veterinary medicine was her passion. She was accepted into veterinary college shortly after her 21st birthday and moved to Saskatoon to pursue her dream.

Since being accepted into veterinary school, Vanessa takes advantage of every opportunity the university has to offer. She keeps herself busy with extra-curriculars, including attending CVMA conventions and symposiums, being president of the Radiology Club, attending extra labs after class, playing intra mural sports, and working as an after-hours emergency receptionist at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.

Vanessa has also been employed at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver since her first year of veterinary school; she thoroughly enjoyed working in the emergency room and intensive care unit during summer and Christmas vacations alongside board-certified doctors. The summer after her 2nd year, Vanessa chose to gain more experience in referral and emergency medicine by working at the WCVM Teaching Hospital. In addition to this she is the SCVMA Committee representative and is excited to be planning the 2020 SCVMA Symposium at WCVM in Saskatoon! Vanessa looks forward to returning to Vancouver after graduation in 2021 and using her experience and knowledge to provide her patients with the highest standard of medical care.

Meredith Garcia, SCVMA Committee representative for the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), could not conceive of a more perfect profession than veterinary medicine. Meredith was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada shortly after. She has loved animals since she turned 3 years old, when she and her dad rescued an injured baby bird together. She spent years exploring this passion by volunteering with many different species (and finding out she was allergic to cats and horses in the process!) but that was not enough to deter her from pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Meredith completed her undergraduate degree in Bio-Medical Science at the University of Guelph and is now beginning Phase 3 at OVC. Obviously, academics are at the top of everyone’s priorities, but Meredith also involves herself in other aspects of school-life. She is currently the CVMA Ambassador, a member of the Central Veterinary Student Association (CVSA), the Senior Social Coordinator for the professional veterinary fraternity Omega Tau Sigma, a Senior Planner for the annual Omega Tau Sigma Fraternity Dog Jog, and a proud member of the Global Vets Program.

When Meredith is not in classes, she is outdoors enjoying the fresh air, reading good books and trying new things (aerial silks, acrobatics while hanging from a fabric, is up next on her list). Meredith is still undecided about how she wants to make an impact in the veterinary world, but she loves a few things for sure: being involved in community outreach initiatives, the  challenge of working through tough medical cases, and the fast-paced environment of critical care medicine. She is also keen to work on her ultrasound skills.

Meredith is extremely excited to be entering her 3rd year of veterinary school and cannot believe how fast the journey has flown by; these years have been the best years of her life by far! Being elected as SCVMA Committee representative is a huge honor for her, as the role has allowed her to meet many amazing people and undertake various unique opportunities so far. Next up on her list is attending the upcoming 2020 SCVMA Symposium at WCVM and finally being able to say she has been to Saskatoon!