2016-2017 SAIN Committee
Rob is one of our final year SAIN members. An intense passion for animal welfare drives his every waking moment. Although his main focuses are food animals and wildlife, Rob admits his guilty pleasure is pets – owning a pooch named Helen, a tootie cat named Macaroni, a duck named Badger, and a mouse named Moose. Born in Kansas, USA, he moved to the oceanic redwoods of Northern California to obtain his degree in biology before pursuing his veterinary degree in Glasgow. His favourite quote: “The question is not, Can they reason?, nor, Can they talk? but Can they suffer?” –Jeremy Bentham.
Natalie is one of our final year SAIN members. She is very passionate about caring for animals and strongly believes that all animals should be given the right to a happy and healthy life. Her other passions include art and other messy creative activities, and looking after her little toy poodle, Milly, who she rescued very recently. She has no idea what kind of vet she wants to be yet, she's just going along for the ride and seeing where the wonders of vet school takes her.
Jill is our second year SAIN member. She loves large and small animals alike, but is especially partial to the African Pigmy Hedgehog. Before vet school she assisted in the rehabilitation and release of over 63 of these small furry critters, which were injured primarily in road traffic accidents throughout Scotland. Certainly an impressive record! Her hobbies include the carving of viking ships molded from ancient designs, scuba diving for historic ruins, and spelunking. In the future, Jill hopes to spend a year living in an igloo in the Arctic, to complete a nutritional study on polar bears.
Kelsie is one of our third year SAIN members. She loves all creatures great and small and wants all animals to be able to live a happy and healthy life! Her main interest, however, is small animal medicine, particularly emergency and critical care. Coming from the sunny mountains of Arizona, USA, she enjoys spending her free time rock climbing, hiking and camping with her two dogs, Koda and Kia.
Nikki is one of our third year SAIN members. She has an immense passion for improving the lives of animals around the world. With experience ranging from working with lions and tigers in zoos to dogs and cats in veterinary clinics, she is still waiting to see where the world of veterinary medicine takes her. Originally from Arizona, USA, she completed her first degree in biology before leaving the Grand Canyon State to pursue her veterinary degree in Glasgow. In her free time she enjoys traveling, all things art, spending time with friends and family, and cuddling with her cat, Steve.
Emily is one of our second year SAIN members. Originally from New York, she has grown up with a passion for animal welfare thanks to her animal-loving family. From a young age, she has enjoyed spending most of her free time taking care of animals of all shapes and sizes. She earned her first degree from Skidmore College in biology, with a particular focus in canine behavior. Naturally, her next step was to make the big move to Scotland to study veterinary medicine. Emily hopes to use her education for the greater good by working in rescue medicine and continuing to volunteer with animal charities as much as possible. She believes that every animal deserves proper healthcare and a warm loving home, regardless of money.
Michelle is one of our second year SAIN members originally from sunny California. From a young age she has always had a love for animals. Her drive to help those who cannot speak for themselves began when she volunteered at local animal rescue organizations in high school. From the dogs at the park to the cows in the parlor, Michelle has to stop to say hello. As a result, after vet school she will most likely end up in mixed practice because she just can’t choose. When she is not out petting and playing with all the local animals, she can be found relaxing with friends and family, adventuring, or staying cozy wrapped in a blanket and watching a good movie.
Amber Best is one of tour first year SAIN members. She is very excited to be a part of such a fantastic group. Amber just graduated from an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Dalhousie Agricultural Campus before coming to Glasgow. She is originally from Botwood, Newfoundland (Canada) where she has 4 cats, 3 horses and a husky that take up all her love and affection. She loves all creatures big and small but horses have a special place in her heart for sure and hopes to become an equine vet upon graduating. She also watches way too many crime shows and sci-fi/fantasy…
Emma is one of our first year members and newest addition to our (in)SAIN family. She has lived her entire life in California and since childhood has volunteered at a number of different animal clinics and organizations (even adopting a few pets along the way!). Ever since she could say the word dog she has wanted to be a vet, and is very passionate about the care of creatures both big and small. In her free time, she likes exploring the city, playing Quidditch, scuba diving, reading and settling in for movie nights with friends.
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