The VBMA Regional Leader team is comprised of veterinary students who volunteer their time and energy to assisting chapters within one of the seven VBMA regions. They are essential in maintaining communication between the VBMA chapters and the VBMA National Board and facilitating collaboration between chapters. Each fall, Regional Leaders are selected to serve a year long term. Applications for the 2018 Regional Leader team will open in September.
Pacific Regional Leader
Rachel is a second-year at the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in small animal medicine. Currently, her goal is to work in a feline-only practice after graduation with fear-free techniques and happy pet visits. She has 4 pets of her own who help to keep her sane: 2 greyhounds, Valor & Vivian who are 45mph coach potatoes, and 2 cats, Abby & Puff who are always up for some cuddles. Outside of veterinary school, she enjoys doing archery (competitive, recreational, and coaching), gardening, and cooking.
North Central Regional Leader
Franci grew up in southwest Michigan, went to high school in Vermont, and completed her undergraduate degrees from St. Lawrence University (upstate NY) and University of Hawaii – Manoa. After spending 9 years in Hawaii, she moved to Oregon to attend veterinary school at Oregon State University. She is a second-year veterinary student with a special interest in small animal medicine and hopes to one day go into industry. She is excited to take on the Regional Leader role with the National VBMA and is looking forward to being more involved with the organization.
South Central Regional Leader
Rebecca (Becky) Beardall is a second year student at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Sciences, Honours Double Major, in Medical Cell Biology & Biology in 2013 from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Becky has two dogs, a cat and a rabbit that keep her quite busy. In her free time though, Becky enjoys participating in recreational sports, being active, and working at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the small animal treatment crew. She is interested in small animal medicine and hopes to eventually become board certified, either in internal medicine or surgery.
Northeast Regional Leader
Sam is a second-year vet student at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Born and raised in Texas, he earned his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M. He has worked at specialty and emergency clinics for years which is where he grew a love for veterinary medicine.
After his first year in the VBMA, he had the opportunity to learn a lot about practice ownership and other avenues for veterinarians in an industry type of setting. He is currently still very interested in the possibility of specializing but would love to learn more about working with companies to produce devices and services that would support the growth and development of the human-animal bond.
When not in school he enjoys being outdoors and enjoying nature. He likes to go camping, hiking and play any sport. He has two dogs and a cat and loves working with small animals. He hopes to work as 2017 Regional Leader with all the VBMA chapters to provide a wonderful learning experience for all.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Leader
Allyson is currently a class of 2019 veterinary student at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She attended North Carolina State University and completed a double B.S. in Biological and Poultry Sciences in 2015. Throughout undergrad, she was very active in agriculture and her community by volunteering and being a member in the Agricultural Honors Fraternity, Alpha Zeta. Born and raised on a small hog farm in rural Missouri, Allyson has always been exposed and passionate about animals and agriculture. After attending local VBMA events, she served 2016-2017 as the VP of Communications. For the future, she is interested in pursuing food animal medicine, specifically with pigs, poultry, and honey bee conservation.
When Allyson isn’t attending VBMA meetings or studying for class, she enjoys weightlifting, playing video or board games, and playing with her pet rats Ripley and Xena (two black-hooded rats). Allyson looks forward to being a Regional Leader in 2017 for VBMA and hopes she can motivate and encourage chapters to set high goals.
Southern Regional Leader
Faith is natively from the beautiful state of Colorful Colorado. She attended a small university in the state of Kansas where she played volleyball, among many other activities including theater. Afterward, Faith ended up doing a College Program at Disney World, where she worked at Mission: SPACE, met some pretty amazing people and enjoyed playing around the parks in her free time (especially Animal Kingdom). Being a second-year at the University of Illinois College of Vet Med and studying to become a wildlife and zoo veterinarian is more than she could ever ask for, and she is so thankful for everyone that has made that possible. Currently, she holds various positions at the U of I, including various in her VBMA chapter (WOO HOO!), and loves coming home to her dogs and snake every day. She really looks forward to starting this new adventure of being a Regional Leader and helping you in any way she possibly can!
International Regional Leader
Anamercy Martin was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in 2013. She began her veterinary experience at the age of 17 working at a local small animal practice, although her passion for animals stemmed from an early age. In the year before attending Ross University, Anamercy was introduced to the business side of veterinary medicine by working as a territory manager for a veterinary group purchasing organization. This only solidified her dream of becoming a veterinarian and successful business owner. On her downtime, Anamercy enjoys going to the beach, dancing, and spending time with her family and 2 dachshunds. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity and hopes to make the best out of her time as Regional Leader for the VBMA.