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MVMA Student Chapter Executive Board

Eve Waters, President
Eve Waters is a DVM candidate in VMRCVM’s Class of 2015, and is pursuing a mixed track in small and food animal medicine. She is from Silver Spring, MD and graduated from Cornell University in 2011 with a degree in Animal Science and honors for distinction in research. In addition to her position as the President of the MVMA Student Chapter, Eve is also involved at VMRCVM as the President of Alpha Psi, as an officer in FAPC, as a member of SCAVMA and VBMA, and as a VMRCVM Ambassador. This year, Eve is excited to further encourage the growth and development of the MVMA Student Chapter at VMRCVM by continuing to seek interesting and engaging speakers while working hard to recruit new club members in the fall.

Kari Meidenbauer, Vice President
Kari Meidenbauer, originally from Annapolis, Maryland, is a DVM candidate in VMRCVM’s Class of 2016 and is concurrently enrolled in the Master’s in Public Health program with interests in pursuing a career in public safety and regulatory medicine. Kari graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences where she participated in multiple research projects including an ovarian cancer study as well as a study on the gut micro flora in lean versus obese equines. Currently, Kari is serving as the Vice President of the MVMA Student Chapter, and the President-elect of the Public-Corporate Veterinary Practitioners Club. In her free time she likes to spend time with her friends and family, and her two year old Cairn terrier, Lily.

Sarah Peloquin, Secretary
Sarah Peloquin is a second-year DVM candidate from Westminster, MD. She graduated in 2011 from Juniata College with a major in biology and a minor in English. She grew up with dogs, cats, and horses, which ultimately led to her interest in veterinary medicine. Her concentration at VMRCVM is mixed animal (small animal and equine), but she’s still deciding what she wants to do when she graduates. In her spare time, Sarah likes running, cooking, and playing with her Jack Russell-beagle mix, Sawyer.

Griffin McDonald, Treasurer
Griffin is a second-year student from Germantown, MD. He is tracking small animal medicine and has strong interests in laboratory animal medicine. Before starting vet school, Griffin completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. On his school breaks, he worked in lab animal medicine at the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he has also worked at Woodfield Veterinary Clinic, a mixed-animal practice in Damascus, MD since his senior year in high school.

Katie McHenry, Historian
Katie McHenry is a first-year DVM candidate who grew up in Cecil County, MD on a small horse farm. Her mother started teaching her and her two older sisters to ride horses before they were old enough to walk, triggering her love for animals early. Throughout her life, she has spent a lot of time with horses, dogs, cats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, and primates—but horses were what fueled her drive to pursue veterinary medicine. Outside of school, she loves running, hiking, biking, and riding her spunky Arabian mare, Fantasia. She is excited to begin fostering dogs and cats through school and hope to one day practice primarily as a mobile veterinarian in or near Maryland.

Heather Crather, Networking Chair
Heather Crather, a first-year at VMRCVM, grew up in Cecil County, Maryland riding and taking care of horses, which transferred over to her undergraduate years at Otterbein University where she majored in equine pre-veterinary medicine and molecular biology. Time spent there helped her to solidify the passion she had for the veterinary profession and being accepted into VMRCVM has helped put her one step closer to her goals.

Meghan Neal, Fundraising Chair
Meghan Neal, from Elkridge, MD, is currently a member of VMRCVM's class of 2015. She is also the MVMA-Student Chapter Fundraising Chair, the Public Corporate Veterinary Practice Club Vice-President and a member of the Alpha Psi Fraternity. Meghan graduated from Salisbury University in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at the Salisbury Zoological Park and studied abroad in South Africa where she worked with wildlife veterinarians. Meghan is an aspiring wildlife and exotics veterinarian and hopes to study abroad in India this summer through VMRCVM.

Raj Naik, Fourth Year Representative
Raj Naik is a third-year veterinary student at VMRCVM pursuing the small animal track with a primary interest in nutrition. He hopes to find a way to use his training in veterinary medicine to enhance both human nutrition and animal welfare through sustainable management practices. Raj also intends to pursue either a residency in animal nutrition or certification as a registered dietitian after graduation. Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, he hopes to return to the region in the near future. Raj is excited to help develop a strong MVMA presence at VMRCVM.

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