Dr. Richard Debowes
Dr. Rick Debowes is the advisor for the Washington State University VBMA chapter. He graduated from the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship and residency at WSU. Dr. Debowes is a board certified equine surgeon and his veterinary interests include equine general and orthopedic surgery, lameness diagnosis, and joint biology. His administrative interests include faculty and program development, fundraising, and the promotion of nontechnical competencies (life skills), medical communications, and personal/servant leadership. Dr. Debowes teaches and coordinates the practice management course (VM 591), is a motivational speaker, and conducts programming for team building and communications. He was instrumental int he development of COLE (part of WSU's DVM program orientation) and co-founded VLE with Dr. Kathy Ruby.
Brooke's interest in business ownership started at a young age. Once her passion for veterinary medicine blossomed, she decided to combine these passions together and graduated with a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Washington State University. Brooke aspires to own a mixed animal practice and travel internationally to provide veterinary care to rural communities. In her free time, Brooke enjoys escaping to Coeur d' Alene, ID to relax and learning about photography.
President-Elect: Madison Perry
Madi graduated from University of Portland with a double degree in biology and psychology. She grew up in her family owned vet hospital and is so excited about the opportunity to continue to learn more about the business aspect of a veterinary hospital. Outside of vet school Madi enjoys working out, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Prior to veterinary school, Kim completed her B.S. in Animal Sciences at Cornell University and worked for a bit in the pageant and NYC fashion industry. After graduation, she interned abroad in North Africa and pursued interests in international veterinary public health and zoonotic disease transmission. She hopes to integrate business concepts with her passion for public health and aspires to a career within the CDC, OIE, WHO or other similar organizations. When vet school allows for free time, Kim enjoys learning French, working out, eating cupcakes, gardening, and hanging out with family and friends!
Nick Wesen is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where he had he opportunity to learn about veterinary medicine from his dad. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Biology/Anthropology at Western Washington University while also getting a minor in Psychology. His primary interests are small animal and exotic medicine, although internal medicine is a close third! In his free time he enjoys being out doors, playing games (all kinds), bungeeing shows, playing with his silver tabby cat Luffy, and spending time with friends and family.
Rebecca received a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Idaho where she was a teaching assistant for the Animal Veterinary Science department. In addition to her passion for education, Rebecca is interested in practice ownership, exotic animal husbandry, and integrative medicine. She is aspiring towards a MBA and DVM while at Washington State. Rebecca will also be an ambassador for the upcoming year, so please chat with her about anything CVM or VBMA, she'd be happy to meet you!
Event Coordinator: Gabrielle Endicott
Gabi graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in biology and philosophy. After veterinary school, she plans to go into small animal general practice or emergency medicine. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the gym, eating breakfast foods, and reading philosophy when time allows.
Public Relations: Miriam Solinsky
Miriam grew up in Tucson, AZ, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from the University of Arizona with a B.S in Veterinary Science and a minor in Business Administration. In addition to VBMA she is involved with Class Council, AAEP, Small Ruminant Club, Ag Animal club, Veterinary Law and Ethics Club, and the CVM Animal Health Library committee. She plans to return to Arizona to practice upon graduation, and wants to focus on livestock and food safety. She always manages to find time to read (mostly Harry Potter and Jane Austen), play piano, hike, bake, and cuddle with her two kitties, Aslan and Minnie.
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Isla grew up on Whidbey Island (within in the Puget Sound in western WA) and graduated valedictorian from South Whidbey High School in 2015. From here, she joined the Honors College at Washington State University and finished Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology in 2018. Isla is planning on completing her DVM in 2022 and is working toward becoming either a wildlife veterinarian or a small animal practice owner with a mix of wildlife here-and-there. She is enjoying her time so far at the WSU CVM and is looking forward to getting more involved in VBMA and working with the students in Logan and Bozeman. In her spare time, Isla enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking, hanging with friends/family, cooking tofu, and traveling.
Ally is from Bozeman, Montana and plans on pursuing an international veterinary career in either wildlife or equine sports medicine. She is excited to learn all about business and make connections with fellow peers and future colleagues. In her free time, you can find her running the trails, or sampling coffee and, of course, the accompanying pastries, from all the local spots.
Utah Representative: Samuel Kalis
Sam isn’t from any one place, having lived all over the world and across the United States, but he currently calls Logan, Utah his home. He has exceptionally nerdy interests in veterinary medicine, ranging from pathology to epidemiology, and infectious diseases to public health. When not studying he enjoys spending time with friends, seeking out new adventures, and generally trying to stay out of (too much) trouble.
Ashli is originally from Afton, WY, but grew up Pleasant Grove, UT. Most of her clinical experience is from working in an exotic and wildlife; however, she has a strong interest and love for agriculture animals. Ashli's hope is to move back to Wyoming and own a mixed animal practice. She is excited to broaden her horizons by increasing her business knowledge and networking within the veterinary community. In her free time, Ashli enjoys hiking, fishing and playing volleyball.