The UBC Pre-Veterinary and Animal Welfare Club is open to any who adores animals and desires to better the lives of animals. We hold information sessions on volunteer opportunities or internships for students interested in becoming veterinarians or working in animal welfare. We also have tours of animal health related facilities such as the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or Marine Mammal Rescue, and fundraisers for animal related organizations. Most importantly, we hold many information sessions on potential veterinary schools from all over the world!
If you are an animal-lover, this is the club for you!
Melissa Jung: Co-President
Melissa is the Co-President and Animal Welfare Coordinator for the UBC Pre-Veterinary and Animal Welfare Club. She is a 4th year Applied Animal Biology student and is currently completing her 5 th year at UBC. She has worked and volunteered with a variety of animals including companion, wild, and farm animals. Most recently, she spent the summer working at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz where she helped work on a project investigating housing preferences in dairy cattle and in particular their preference for indoor/outdoor access. Outside of working with animals, Melissa enjoys swimming, cycling, running and traveling.
Taryn Koreman: Co-President
Taryn is a fourth year Bachelor of Science in Applied Animal Biology candidate in the faculty of Land and Food Systems. She has been a member of the PAW club since first year, and this is her first year as President of the Pre-Veterinary side of PAW. She is currently working at both an equine veterinary hospital and a small animal emergency clinic. She has a rather eclectic collection of animals at home, from ducks and chickens, to horses, to dogs and cats, and spends her free time training and competing in dressage.
Kristina Frkovic: Secretary
Kristina is the secretary for PAW and a third year biology student. She hopes to attend vet school one day, or have some sort of job that involves working with animals. She absolutely loves her cockapoo Rudy and cannot wait to adopt tons of puppies one day! She volunteers at Masonville Animal Hospital (London, ON) in the summers, and works part time for UBC Rec during the school year. She loves playing sports (especially hockey and basketball), as well as hanging out with friends and spending time outdoors.
Regina Chan: Treasurer
Regina Chan is currently in her 4th year of Applied Animal Biology. She started out university wanting to be a vet but that changed last year after working at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre with the aquarium and taking various courses. She has now moved more into the animal welfare aspect in her studies and her goals are to improve the living standards and treatment of animals around the world through research and implementing better policies to enforce it. Currently, she is working with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations looking at different sustainable livestock raising practices. In her spare time, she likes to longboard, sing, and go on spontaneous outdoor adventures.
Christina is a second year undergraduate going into the Honours Animal Biology program in the Faculty of Science. She works as a research assistant for the Vancouver Rat Project studying the population and disease dynamics of wild rats in the Downtown Eastside. She also works as a veterinary assistant, and promotes for an overseas volunteering organization (come talk to her if you’re interested!). She hopes to eventually attend school in the UK to pursue a career in wildlife veterinary medicine. In her spare time she rides motorcycles, and takes ballet and hip hop classes. She also makes excellent muffins.
Vivian Chew: Rat Handling Program (RHP) Coordinator
Vivian is the Rodent Handling Program (RHP) Coordinator of PAW. She is a second year student majoring in Applied Animal Biology. As a horse-crazy kid, Vivian has always had an interest in animal care and behaviour, and hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She currently works at an emergency veterinary clinic and her volunteer experience includes working with horses and cats, as well as handling and training rats. Outside of school, Vivian loves to go horseback riding and hopes to participate in intercollegiate riding competitions during the school year.
Courtney Lim: Fundraising Coordinator
Courtney is the Fundraising Coordinator for UBC PAW. She is a third year psychology student who has always loved spending time with animals. She has recently volunteered with the Vancouver Humane Society, and hopes to increase awareness on animal welfare and surrounding issues. Some of her hobbies include softball, volleyball, and photography. Feel free to contact her if you have any fundraising ideas or questions!
Nisha Raghukumar: Media/Marketing Coordinator
Nisha is the Media and Marketing coordinator and a second year Biology major. She aspires to go into wildlife veterinary medicine and rehabilitation, and hopes to someday live in the wilderness. She volunteers at the BC SPCA, Arbutus West Animal Clinic and Southland Heritage Farm; and she currently works at The Urban Puppy Shop as a dog daycare attendant. Other than being around animals 24/7, she also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, drawing/painting/sculpting, metal music and is currently attempting to learn how to garden on her balcony.
Irene Kim: Social Coordinator
Irene is a second year biology student. She has volunteered both abroad and locally, and is currently volunteering at a small animal veterinary hospital as well as at Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA). University has definitely been a challenge for her, but every opportunity that has welcomed interaction with animals has been a motivating factor as she works toward a future career that will allow her to, one day, work with animals on the daily. In her spare time, Irene likes to watch shows on Netflix, hang out with friends, eat pizza, and is currently getting into bouldering to work off the pizza.
Tess Baker: Newsletter/Volunteer Coordinator
Tess Baker is a third year student studying applied biology and statistics. She is currently serving as the volunteer/news coordinator for UBC PAW and previously served as the marketing and media coordinator.