SCVMA Senior Representatives
The Students of the CVMA (SCVMA) Committee is an integral part of the CVMA that delivers various SCVMA-led initiatives throughout the school year. The SCVMA-led initiatives are designed to engage and inform students to help foster relationships and bridge the gap between the CVMA, CVMA Council and their respective college.
The SCVMA Committee is comprised of one elected Senior Representative from each Canadian veterinary college and is supported by an elected Junior Representative and a faculty member who is a member of the Student Liaison Advisory Group.
All representatives begin their one-year term during the annual CVMA Convention in July. The Junior Representative will automatically become the Senior Representative the following year.
Get to know the incoming Senior Representatives:
Farnaz Farnaghi, a veterinary student at the Atlantic Veterinary College grew up just outside of Toronto, Ontario. She has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. Although she didn’t grow up with pets, her love for animals intensified the first time she walked into a barn at age 9. She was fascinated by the way we were able to communicate and understand what horses were thinking and feeling. As she grew up, she tried to be involved with animals in any way that she could from attending future vets camp to volunteering at animal shelters. What first was a hobby, turned into a passion and will now be her career.
Farnaz has always had a strong interest in science, leading her to major in Bio-medical science at the University of Guelph. With each challenge and experience she faced, her decision to pursue veterinary medicine was reinforced, and she never strayed from her goal.
Throughout her bachelor’s degree, Farnaz was involved with a variety of student associations and clubs. She helped plan the Human Health and Nutritional Science Symposium at the University of Guelph. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in 2019, Farnaz spent a year working at a small animal veterinary clinic and deciding where she wanted to study veterinary medicine. During this time, she was able to invest time into hobbies such as hiking, painting, and embroidery. In 2020, she began her studies at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Farnaz is primarily interested in small animal medicine, especially emergency and critical care. This interest sparked after spending a summer working in the ICU at the Ontario Veterinary College and seeing the fast-paced nature and complexity of patient cases. She is passionate about the human- animal bond and is open-minded to what other areas may spark her interest as she continues her journey towards completing her DVM.
Being a member of the SCVMA committee, has opened her eyes to the cohesiveness of this program across the country and the possibilities available through collaboration. The opportunity to connect with students on a national level is exciting and Farnaz is grateful to represent the AVC on the SCVMA Committee.
Emilie Lambert, a veterinary student at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV) grew up in Laval, Quebec. When Emilie was young, she had a variety of animals including cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and ducks and a keen desire to save every sick animal igniting her desire to become a veterinarian. It was her love for animals and determination that drove her to excel academically. After completing her CEGEP and bachelor's degree in nutrition, she was accepted into the veterinary program in 2018.
Since starting the program, Emilie has been actively involved in the student community. She has been head of student life and treasurer of her class. She is also involved with the Association of Veterinary Medicine Students of Quebec as a student life coordinator as well as a CVMA representative.
Emilie gained experiences during her summer vacation where she spent a summer interning with a large animal veterinarian developing a love for cows. She also completed an animal welfare project in a research center and now works with small animals in a reference center in addition to her work in a neighborhood clinic. She plans to practice with small animals after graduation.
Emilie is truly honored to represent the veterinary students of the FMV on the SCVMA committee for the 2021-2022 school year.
Jeff Li, a veterinary student studying at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is a native of Toronto, Ontario and has had a long-standing curiosity in the natural world since childhood. Wanting to become more immersed in the majesty of Southern Ontario, he attended the University of Guelph in 2017 with a major in Bio-Medical Sciences. Here, the university’s forward-thinking and inclusive approach to incorporating wildlife and green spaces in the campus further catalyzed his interest and love for animals.
As he progressed through his undergraduate studies, Jeff became involved in poultry and rodent research assistantships, as well as environmental conservation and stewardship through volunteering with non-profit organizations. One such organization was Wild Ontario, where he became versed in exceptional raptor husbandry and training. He was introduced to the clinical aspect of veterinary medicine from his time working in the Intensive Care Unit at the Toronto Animal Health Partners, which cultivated his interest in companion animal medicine with a focus on Emergency and Critical Care.
Since entering the veterinary program in 2020, he has been striving to immerse himself in learning more about different aspects of veterinary medicine and currently sits on the school’s Central Veterinary Student Association and is Treasurer for the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
A large part of his free time is dedicated towards exploring the hiking trails of Guelph, Ontario, as well as participating in intramural ultimate frisbee leagues, playing the piano, and experimenting with new cooking recipes.
Jeff is honoured to be your SCVMA President and represent veterinary students on the CVMA for the 2021-2022 school year.
Garrett Wachoski-Dark, a veterinary student at the University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He was surrounded by animals - horses, dogs, cats, reptiles and more which fostered a love for the biological world. At first, Garrett wanted to be a biologist. Having never considered a career in veterinary medicine as a possibility, he attended the University of Calgary where he completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in zoology. During his degree he became interested in biological research. He completed two Honour's theses during his final year, with the intention of applying to graduate school to study neuroscience.
Luck would have it that one of his theses was supervised by an amazing veterinarian and biomedical researcher, Dr. Claudia Klein. It was through Dr. Klein that Garrett became aware of veterinary medicine, and soon was keenly interested in veterinary biomedical research.
Garrett started his journey in veterinary medicine by pursuing a Masters of Science in veterinary biomedical sciences at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Drs. Cameron Knight and Claudia Klein. He studied the relationship between EcPV-2 (an equine papillomavirus) and genital cancer in horses. After graduating, Garrett worked for Feedlot Health Management Services as a field and data technician before finally being accepted to UCVM.
Now Garrett is interested in production animal health, with a special focus on honeybees and apiculture. In the future, Garrett plans to pursue a PhD. If you don't know where to find him, check the apiary!
Jack Krone, a veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) interest in veterinary medicine stems from his upbringing in rural Hampshire (in the UK). His mum kept him and his siblings out of trouble with a variety of animals to look after. She was aided and abetted by Jack’s grandma who taught him the joy of exploring the countryside on various ponies, and some of his fondest memories as a child revolve around time spent on the family beef farm, helping his grandfather and uncle with everything from fencing to calvings. At 18, Jack got the opportunity to participate in an international agriculture exchange called Agriventure that took him to a dairy farm in South Island New Zealand, a sheep and cattle ranch, and a piggery in Southern Australia for a year and a half; this expanded his knowledge of international agricultural practices and is where he met his wonderful wife, Megan who was participating in the same program.
Megan brought Jack to Saskatoon in 2015, where he completed a B.Sc. in Animal Bioscience before being accepted to the WCVM. During undergrad Jack worked in the Rayner Dairy Barn, at Saskatoon Waterpaws (a dog swimming pool), and Prairie Swine Centre where he conducted research in swine nutrition. Last summer Jack worked in a rural mixed practice in Saskatchewan and this year he is working with Large Animal Clinical sciences on a project looking at mastitis best management practice implementation. Jack is hoping to work in production animal medicine when he graduates.
In his time off, Jack loves to ride, read, run, and spend time with Megan and their wonderful dog Kodi.
In term time Jack is an active member of the student body trying to improve life on campus by bringing a smile to his classmates faces through his work in the skit committee; as a part of the brand new WCVM Diverse and WCVM Pride groups, that are working so hard to make the WCVM and the wider veterinary profession more accessible and equitable; and by helping organize events such as the recent Big Student Career Fair which brought together students and practitioners from all over the world. Jack saw the SCVMA as a logical next step in this goal and is excited to represent the WCVM this year.
Interested in learning more about the SCVMA Committee or becoming more involved? Visit www.canadianveterinarians.net/membership/students-cvma and follow us on Instagram (@scvma-eacmv) and on Facebook (@studentsoftheCVMA).