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Amazing Students

In the summer, vet student John David Pritchett returned to the Pantanal Region of Brazil to complete a study of vampire bats that he started last year. He collected specimens from the vampire bats that will be tested to determine…

Fernando J. Torres-Vélez came to the College of Veterinary Medicine in the summer of 2002 as an anatomic pathology resident after completing a fellowship in Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Since…

Justin Brown’s contribution to veterinary medicine goes far beyond treating dogs and cats. He is currently working with avian influenza virus, and he is also investigating wildlife diseases to help prevent their transmission to humans and other animals. He graduated…

Caroline Salter doesn’t horse around. She is a UGA Charter Scholarship Award recipient, and member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Caroline works in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine large animal hospital as part of the treatment crew. That…

Tiffany Reed has a passion for helping animals…and humans. Currently she is president of the Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association, which functions as the student government association in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. In this role, she…

Vet student Shannon Parfitt will go wherever it takes to get the best UGA education she can. As an undergraduate, she participated in the UGA at Oxford program, which allowed her to pursue her degree without being too far from…

Melissa Cabinian has had an extraordinary career at UGA, accumulating numerous accolades during her four years. Her most recent honor is being recognized by
the Georgia Legislature as UGA’s Academic Recognition Day Scholar for 2006. Cabinian pursued her interest…

His may not be a household name, but one day graduate student Cory Gresham’s work may benefit all of humankind. Gresham is one of the first two students admitted to the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (D.V.M./Ph.D.) at UGA’s College…

Vet student Owen Fink loves figuring out how things work.  During his time at UGA he has taught dog anatomy, researched the properties of fish DNA, traveled to Plum Island to study foreign animal diseases and helped to treat the…

Stic Harris has led numerous lives in one. Before he came to UGA’s vet school, he worked on trauma research, spent time playing professional ice hockey and worked in state health departments in Texas and Georgia.  He has served as…

It has taken Mary Ard ten years to finish her bachelor’s degree. It’s not because she lacks ambition though. In fact, Ard is a 23 year employee of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine who decided more than a decade…

Senior Amanda Farmer has been twirling batons since she was three years old. After coming to UGA, she used her skills to help the Redcoat Majorette Line win numerous national titles, and she became a Feature Twirler for the band.…

Veterinary student Estella Perez Hovland seeks adventure. She has traveled the world, and she obtained a M.B.A. from Griffith University in Australia. Upon returning to the U.S., she decided to get a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine, and she spent…

Veterinary student Kenya Crawford has traveled the world in preparation for her career as a veterinarian. She graduates in May and hopes to find a career combining her experience in clinical, regulatory and international aspects of veterinary medicine. As a…

Julie Velchoff Vargas knows horses. From treating them as an emergency surgery technician in the large animal teaching hospital of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, to researching the anti-parasitic effect of feeding certain grasses, to riding them as part…

To say that Justin Oguni is interested in reptiles and amphibians (aka herps) would definitely be an understatement.  When he is not busy studying veterinary medicine, he spends much of his time looking for and photographing them. A couple of…