Student Ambassadors in the College of Veterinary Medicine play a crucial role in promoting our programs, research, and the care we provide.
Emma is a second-year Arizona WICHE veterinary student at Washington State University, interested in small animal and companion animal exotic medicine. Disregarding her initial interest in veterinary medicine due to a client who thought their Chihuahua was just “big boned,” Emma pursued a degree in Chemistry at the University of Arizona. However, upon observing an orthopedic surgery on her own family dog, her curiosity for the field of veterinary medicine reignited, so she also obtained a degree in Veterinary Science. Her interest in exotics began with her internship at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and with her own beloved pet California Kingsnake, Santiago el Rey. Now at WSU as a veterinary student, Emma volunteers in the exotic animal ward at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is a team leader for the Wildlife Triage program. She is also the Vice President of the Class of 2025 Student Council, and the WSVMA student representative. Fortunately, the Chihuahua incident has been overcome and replaced with a significant enjoyment for doctor-client interactions. As such, upon graduation in 2025, Emma hopes to work at a small animal general practice that includes exotic clientele, possibly post-specialization in reptile and amphibian medicine.