Juan Sebastian Orjuela is a third-year veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. He is the co-founder of the Latinx Veterinary Medical Association, the first association of its kind to represent Latinx veterinary professionals in North America. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota when he was 10 years old. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in biology and conservation environmental sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Juan, aka "@juancho.the.student.vet", has created social media platforms on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube that focus on diversity, health and wellness, and entrepreneurship in veterinary medicine. Juan has a passion for small animal medicine and is interested in rehabilitation, ophthalmology, and surgery. One day he hopes to become a multi-practice owner that celebrates diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession.
Lindsey Whitlock is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2017. Currently, she studies veterinary medicine at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She decided she wanted to pursue veterinary medicine at the young age of 8 years old. Lindsey's interests are in small animal general practice and she hopes to own a hospital(s) someday. During her off time, she loves to spend time with her loved ones, exercise, explore nature, photography, and discovering new recipes to make. To continue to follow her journey, connect with her through her social media platforms.
Marie Bucko currently serves as the President of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and a fourth-year veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin. Before veterinary school, Marie served the US Food and Drug Administration's Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) Program as a Science Policy Analyst, in Washington DC. She was the point person for the agency's Center for Veterinary Medicine helping to prepare and staff agency leadership for Congressional briefings, leading FVM's Congressional Appropriation's response efforts, coordinating industry meetings, & leading the National Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring System communications across USDA, CDC, and FDA. During this time she received her Master's of Science in Food Safety from Michigan State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Marie, her husband Justin, Penelope (dog), and Hugo (cat) reside in Madison, Wisconsin, frequenting all the custard shops in town. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her passion of working for animal agriculture through practice ownership and policy development.