Youth volunteers for 2017

Veterinarians without Borders is delighted to introduce our young volunteers for 2017.  The members of the team are off to placements in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and will return to their studies at the end of the summer.

Top Row, (L to R):  Hollyn Maloney, 4th year,  University of Calgary (U of C)  doing a joint DVM and Master of Public Health --  Uganda;  Alina Gardiner, 3rd year DVM, Ontario Veterinary College Guelph (OVC), —Kenya; Cheyene Nadbrzezna, 2nd Year  DVM, U of C –Tanzania;  Megan White, Registered Veterinary Technologist and  Agriculture Student, University of Lethbridge-- Kenya;

Middle Row (L to R): Cassia Michele, 2nd year DVM, OVC – Uganda;  Kelly Hammond, 2nd year  DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon (WCVM)--, Kenya;  Nicole Sheedy, 2nd   year  DVM, WCVM--Uganda;  Michelle Mak, 2nd  year DVM,  OVC-- Uganda  

Bottom Row (L to R): Olivia Bos, 2nd Year DVM, WCVM – Ghana;  Natalie Chow, 2nd  year DVM, OVC – Ghana;  Angie Castro, 3rd year DVM,  OVC, Tanzania.

We wish all of them an exciting and productive summer. Follow their progress on our blog at 

Meet the volunteers

Olivia Bos

Hello, my name is Olivia Bos and I am delighted to be volunteering in Ghana with Veterinarians without Borders this summer! I have just completed my first year at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and am now looking forward to putting that education to work. I am excited to be a volunteer because I am interested in discovering how my knowledge and skills as a veterinarian can be used to better human lives and welfare.

Angelique Castelo

Hi everyone, my name is Angie Castelo, and I am thrilled to be part of Team Tanzania through the Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities Project. I am an incoming Phase 3 student at the Ontario Veterinary College and am highly involved in student initiatives that improve visibility and representation of traditionally under-represented populations. The overall goal of my placement in Isangati Agricultural Organization is to share knowledge and experience with small holder farmers on One Health principles while improving animal health, animal welfare standards, and dissemination of disease prevention strategies. In return, I hope to gain an in-depth understanding of their local farming practices and firsthand experience in international development focused on Veterinary Medicine and Public Health. 

Natalie Chow

Hi, my name is Natalie Chow and I just finished my first year at the Ontario Veterinary College. I am excited to be going to Ghana this summer to work with local farmers and organizations. I look forward to practicing veterinary medicine in a new environment and learning from my fellow students and veterinarians. I hope to be able to make a difference in local communities and set down a strong base work for any future work that will be done in that area.

Alina Gardiner                                                                                                                                                       

Hello, my name is Alina Gardiner and I am a vet student at the Ontario Veterinarian College (OVC) headed into my third year of study. I have always had a passion for working with cows and in the dairy industry and my plan is to specialize in this area once I have graduated.  I am so excited that I was selected to share my passion in Kenya this summer as an Assistant Field Veterinarian with Vets without Borders (VWB)! This position means I will have the opportunity to work with local Kenyan dairy farmers and vets to help improve the welfare and health of their cows and calves, with the long-term goal of promoting a more sustainable livelihood for small communities around Mount Kenya.

Kelly Hammond

 My name is Kelly Hammond and I am a first year veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This summer, I will be posted in the Mukurwe-ini area of Kenya helping to improve dairy cow health care and nutrition for smallholder farmers. It has long been a dream of mine to work with developing countries to improve animal care and educate communities with a goal of promoting sustainable agricultural practices and livelihood. I am incredibly excited to be volunteering with Veterinarians without Borders and I look forward to a summer of hard work with amazing people!

Michelle Mak

My name is Michelle Mak and I am a veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College, where I’ve just finished my first year. This summer I will be heading to Uganda to work on a goat training and school milking project. I am looking forward to learning from the vast knowledge and experience of local partners and veterinarians, engaging in global health challenges, and exploring a new country and culture. I am incredibly excited to volunteer with VWB and I hope to be able to contribute a small part towards fostering sustainable growth and resilience in these communities.

Hollyn Maloney

My name is Hollyn Maloney and I have completed my third year of a five year, joint DVM and Master’s of Public Health program through a partnership with the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. My interest is veterinary public health, specifically global health and international development.  For this reason, I am excited to volunteer in Uganda this summer as this experience will provide me with the opportunity to develop and apply both the veterinary skills and public health skills I have learned at school in a practical environment. 

Casia Michele

Hello, my name is Cassia Michel and I have just completed my first year at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. This summer I will be going to Uganda and I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with local farmers and communities to help improve the health of the people and animals in the area. I am eager to improve my veterinary skills while being able to experience a new culture.

Cheyenne Nadbrzezna                                                                                                                                          

"My name is Cheyenne Nadbrzezna and I am a student at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. I just finished my first year and I am very excited to spending the summer volunteering with small scale poultry operations in Tanzania. I am very eager to spend the next few months helping to create a sustainable future for the people of Tanzania while also gaining new skills, and knowledge. I know that this summer will help grow my passion for birds and my love of veterinary medicine and I really look forward to it."

Nicole Sheedy                                                                                                                                            

Hi my name is Nicole Sheedy and I just finished my first year at the Western Collage of Veterinary Medicine. I will be going to Uganda to partner with SNV where we will be improving the livelihoods of dairy farmers within The Inclusive Dairy Enterprises (TIDE). I am truly looking forward to making a difference within the community and building meaningful relationships with the Ugandan people.  I know this summer will be a life changing experience for me and I truly feel blessed to be part of such an incredible opportunity.

Megan White

Hi! My name is Megan White. I am an RVT, and I am working on my degree in Agriculture at the University of Lethbridge. I am so excited to work with farmers in Kenya this summer, and to help them improve welfare and production in their dairy cattle! I'm looking forward to utilizing my veterinary and agricultural knowledge to help empower young farmers!


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