Taryn Scarff: Club President
Taryn is a third year LFS student majoring in Applied Animal Biology. She began volunteering with the BC SPCA in high school and has worked with them for the past six years. During her years as a volunteer and employee of the BC SPCA Nelson Branch, she has adopted 2 dogs and 2 cats, and has enjoyed fostering many others. Taryn hopes to pursue a career enriching the lives of animals through veterinary medicine or animal welfare related research. She is passionate about the welfare of animals and is happiest when she is at the dog walk with her dogs Jemma and Ryker. In her spare time she enjoys being with family, watching documentaries and television programs on Netflix, and reading.
Nisha Raghukumar: Vice President/Treasurer
Nisha is the treasurer and a fourth 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 BC Wildlife Rescue Association. Other than being around animals 24/7, she also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, drawing/painting/sculpting, metal+folk music, gardening and nature journaling.
Vicky Peng: Secretary/Newsletter Coordinator
Vicky is the Secretary and Newsletter Coordinator for UBC PAW. She is a third year undergraduate majoring in Applied Animal Biology. After volunteering at a local animal shelter in high school and visiting various farms, Vicky has ever since became passionate about animals and interested in animal welfare, especially that of farm animals. She currently works part-time at a veterinary hospital and also enjoys her time volunteering at animal-related facilities. Vicky hopes to pursue veterinary medicine; but whether through her career or personal life, Vicky aspires to increase the respect for animals in our society and promote their well-being. In her spare time, Vicky enjoys playing the piano, baking, watching dramas, and spending time with her dog.
Christina Donovan-Oest: Education Coordinator
Christina is a third year undergraduate in the Faculty of Science, specializing in Honours Animal Biology. She works as a research assistant for the Vancouver Rat Project studying the disease dynamics of wild rats in the Downtown Eastside. During summer breaks, Christina often travels to other countries to volunteer with exotic animals such as bears and elephants! She hopes to attend vet-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 third 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.
Katie Lee: Media Coordinator
Katie the media/marketing coordinator for UBC PAW. Currently a third year Biology major, she hopes to one day attend vet school and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After volunteering with animals during high school, she has made a conscientious decision to raise awareness of animal welfare. Aside from her love for animals, Katie enjoys photography, playing music, rock climbing and long-boarding.
Becky Cho: Marketing Coordinator
Becky is the Marketing Coordinator for UBC PAW. She is currently a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Applied Animal Biology in LFS. She aspires to go to vet school to become a veterinarian after graduating from UBC. She is recently volunteering at the Center for Comparative Medicine and will be conducting her own research experiment on a rat’s motivation towards playpens. On her free time, she enjoys hiking around Vancouver, shopping and eating with her friends, keeping up with local/international politics, and relaxing at home with her 11-year old pug, Piglet.
Ally Pardo: Social Coordinator
Ally is a fourth year LFS transfer student from UBC Okanagan. She is currently a Applied Animal Biology major and is the education coordinator for UBC PAW. She volunteers at the aquarium on weekends and previously volunteered at the SPCA in Kelowna. She aspires to go to vet school after graduating from UBC, and has a passion for animals. She hopes to dedicate her life combatting the current increasing extinction rates worldwide and speaking up for proper treatment of animals.
Some of her interests are hanging with friends, fitness,
watching Netflix, snowboarding and walking her dog Rocky!
Kiaunna Lee: Fundraising Coordinator
Kiaunna is the fundraising coordinator for UBC PAW. She is a third year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, majoring in Applied Animal Biology. She recently volunteered with at an animal hospital, and created an event that raised public awareness on the importance adoption versus buying pets. After graduating from UBC, Kiaunna hopes to go to vet school and become a veterinarian. Besides her passion for animal welfare, Kiaunna’s other hobbies include soccer, hiking and skiing.
Katia Lumb: First-Year Representative
Katia Lumb is the first representative and currently studying applied biology in the LFS faculty. She volunteers at Alta Vista Vet clinic and at a horse farm in the summer. She aspires to go into either domestic or equine veterinary medicine. Outside of school Katia enjoys spending time in the mountains. She is competitive cross country skier and enjoys running as well.
Dionne Hsu: First-Year Representative
Dionne is a first year representative that is currently studying sciences. She loves being around all animals (especially dogs) and is interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Dionne looks forward to learning more about animal welfare and careers in veterinary medicine with UBC PAW. Aside from school, Dionne enjoys travelling, running, watching netflix and hanging out with friends!