Suture Lab – Fall 2017

Here are the pictures from the Suture Lab Event last Fall

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Tufts AVM 2018

Every summer, Tufts University’s Vet School accepts students to spend a week learning all about veterinary medicine. Applications are due in late February/early March. There are two sessions for college students

Session #1: June 4 – June 8, 2018
Session #2: June 11 – June 15, 2018

Go to the website to find more!

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The 2018 Executive Board!!!

Please welcome our new board for the Spring and Fall semesters of 2018! Feel free to contact anyone with questions!

Belinda Von Breitenbach (2019)

Belinda is a junior who is double majoring in biology and Spanish.  She is interested in going into equine or wildlife medicine.  As of right now, she does not own any animals in her home in New York, but she works with a bunch of wolves and racehorses that are basically her responsibility.  Hence, her spirit animal is a wolf.

Vice President
Aubrey Specht (2019)

Aubrey is a junior majoring in biochemistry with a minor in architectural studies.  Her main interests are equine medicine and research.  She has two cats at home in Massachusetts named Charlotte and Phinnie who are 13 and 11 years old respectively.  As a cat lover, her spirit animal is a leopard.

Michelle Kwon (2020)

Michelle is a sophomore majoring in biopsychology and minoring in entrepreneurial leadership studies.  She wants to go into small animal medicine and physical therapy.  She has a yorkiepoo named Rosie who is nine at home in New Jersey.  If she had to pick a spirit animal, she would go with an otter.


Ilana Gitlin (2019)

Ilana is a junior double majoring in biology and Russian along with a minor in Judaic studies.  She would like to specialize in small animal surgery.  She has three dogs back in New York named Oscar, Bella, and Penelope.  And while she has these canines, her spirit animal is a bunny.


Treasurer in Training
Gabriel Yerdon (2021)

Gabriel is a freshman majoring in biology.  He really likes the idea of going into mixed practice.  This evidenced by his numerous animals in Pennsylvania including an Iceland Sheepdog-Border Collie mix named Emma along with another dog, two cats, cows, a horse, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and last but not least, an alpaca named Michael.  Despite the variety of pets he has, his spirit animal is the incomparable howler monkey,

Webmaster / Social Media / Clinical Experience Coordinator
Fannie Sheinman (2020)

Fannie is a sophomore double majoring in biology and child development as well as minoring in English.  She is most interested in surgery and wildlife medicine.  Back home in New York, she has a mutt named Allie who is seven years old and rabbit named Nellie who is nine years old.  She considers her spirit animal to be a tiger.

Event Coordinator
TJ Robins (2020)

TJ is a sophomore double majoring in biology and anthropology.  She wants to study animal behavior in primates (primatology) by going into large animal or zoological medicine.  She has a golden retriever back in Canada named Ruby who is six years old.  If she had to choose, her spirit animal would be a horse.


Assistant Event Coordinator
Jamie Tebeau (2020)

Jamie is a sophomore majoring in biopsychology.  She would like to go into small animal medicine with a speciality in surgery and neurology.  At home in Rhode Island, Jamie has a dog named Napoleon who is 11 and a cat named Chocolate who is 12 years old.  Her spirit animal is a deer.

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Summer Veterinary Opportunity – Safari4u Veterinary Program

For anyone dealing with the stressful summer internship process and looking for ways to gain experience in veterinary medicine, take a look at the Safari4u Veterinary Program, a veterinary volunteer program in South Africa. The program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, offering volunteers opportunities to work with large, small, and exotic animals, explore various fields in veterinary medicine, gain clinical skills that are difficult to practice in the U.S., help animals in disadvantaged communities, and travel to an exotic country. For more information, check out Safari4u’s website (  and Facebook page (!

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Welcome the 2017 E-Board!

Please welcome our new board for the Spring and Fall semesters of 2017! Feel free to contact anyone with questions!

Nairi Krafian (2018)
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Interests: Behavior, physical therapy, international veterinary medicine
Nairi Krafian
Aubrey Specht (2019)
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Littleton, MA
Interests: Pathology and equine medicine
Aubrey Specht
Devon Valera (2019)
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Interests: Genetics and evolutionary biology
Devon Valera
Michelle Kwon (2020)
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Interests: Human-animal interactions and small animal medicine
Michelle Kwon
Dana Perry (2019)
Major: Biology
Hometown: Bethany, CT
Interests: Mixed practice
Dana Perry
Ilana Gitlin (2019)
Major: Biology (minor in Russian)
Hometown: Oyster Bay Cove, NY
Interests: Small animal medicine
Ilana Gitlin
Webmaster/Social Media Chair:
Belinda von Breitenbach (2019)
Major: Biology & Spanish
Hometown: New York, NY
Interests: Equine medicine and wildlife medicine
Belinda von Breitenbach
Student Representatives:
Jamie Tebeau (2020)
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Interests: Small animal surgery and shelter medicine
Jamie Tebeau
TJ Robins (2020)
Major: Biology/Biopsychology
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Interests: Large animal medicine
TJ Robins
Fundraising Chair:
Risa Goldberg (2018)
Majors: Biology & Spanish
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Interests: Small animal medicine
Risa Goldberg
Shadowing Coordinators:
Sahana Rao-Chakravorti (2018)
Major: Psychology & Studio Art
Hometown: Brookline, MA
Interests: Small animal medicine
Sahana Rao-Chakravorti
Fannie Sheinman (2020)
Major: undecided (English & Child Development)
Hometown: New York, NY
Interests: Surgery and rehabilitation/release
Fannie Sheinman
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AAVMC Newsletter

Check out the AAVMC newsletter for information on happenings in the veterinary field and application tips.

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2016 E-Board Announcement!

Congratulations to all those who’ve been elected for the upcoming year!  We are sad to see our previous officers graduate, but we are excited for the future of PVS with our new e-board.

The 2016 officers are:

President: Alena Naimark ’17

Alena Naimark

Vice Presidents: Riley Aronson ’17 & Nairi Krafian ’18


Secretary: Camille Hironaka ’17

Camille Hironaka

Treasurers: Harris Fitzgerel ’17 & Dana Perry ’19

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Webmasters: Asia Acevedo ’18 & Jarod Gowgiel ’19

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Peer Health Collaborative Liaisons: Sean Boyden ’17 & Risa Goldberg ’18

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Student Representatives: Ellory Wolin ’19 & Devon Valera ’19

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Congratulations to Our New E-Board!

We have officially elected our new e-board for the spring and fall of 2015! It’s been a wonderful year with our board, and good luck to all of our graduating seniors! We are so excited to welcome many new students to our board, and cannot wait for what the future will bring for the Pre-Vet Society!

2015 E-Board:

President: Nick Lordi

Nick Lordi

Vice President: Alena Naimark

Alena Naimark

Secretary: Camille Hironaka

Camille Hironaka

Treasurers: Harris Fitzgerel and Kendra Nowak

Harris Fitzgerel    Kendra Nowak

Webmasters: Riley Aronson and Elizabeth Liu (not pictured yet)

Riley Aronson

Peer Health Collaborative Liaisons: Sean Boyden and Risa Goldberg

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Student Representatives: Asia Acevedo and Jenn Duffy

Asia Acevedo   Jenn Duffy

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Guest Speaker Dr. Burgess THIS WEDNESDAY 11/12

burgess talkThis Wednesday, 11/12, in Barnum 114 at 6 pm, we are hosting our next guest speaker of the year! Dr. Burgess is a veterinary oncologist in practice at the Foster Small Animal Hospital at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She also teaches medical oncology at the vet school. Pizza will be served, so come hungry! See the attached flyer for more info on Dr. Burgess and the event.

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