Meet our AVS Ambassadors!!

These Animal and Veterinary Sciences students represent our department as AVS Ambassadors. They serve as representatives of the department to prospective students, at on and off campus events, give department tours, and work on special projects.  As Ambassadors, we are always more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have as a prospective student! If you have any questions that you would like for us to answer, whether it is about AVS classes, labs, Clemson Life, or College life in general, please don't hesitate to ask! Our email address is cu.AVSambassadors@gmail.com; we check this email daily and anxiously await your questions! We hope to hear from you soon!




Emily Cook

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:  I hope to attend vet school and also pursue a Master of Public Health so that I can someday have a career that incorporates both animal and human health.    

Interests:  Like all AVS students, I love my animals! I have four dogs at home, but since I started at Clemson, I’ve developed a love for large animals, too, especially beef cattle. I’m also pursuing a minor in Spanish. I love to travel, and in my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, baking, and playing soccer.

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

I chose Clemson’s AVS program because of the sincere dedication of the faculty and staff of the department to the students, as well as the numerous unique and hands-on experiences that Clemson offers. From showing a sheep at a livestock exhibition to participating in beef cattle nutrition research, Clemson has allowed me to be actively involved in many interesting aspects of animal science. With all of the incredible leadership positions, research projects, and community service opportunities that the department offers, with an atmosphere that feels like one big family, I sincerely believe that nothing can top Clemson’s AVS Department! After visiting the school once and having a great talk with some of the faculty and staff, I knew I belonged at Clemson.


Hannah Simmons

Junior with Pre-Vet Concentration 

Future Plans:  My future plans include attending veterinary school and then moving back home to West Virginia to open my own business. I would like to work mainly from a truck and focus on farm calls and herd health.

 Interests:  My interests include riding my horse, Duke; spending time with my family, friends, and boyfriend; crafting; Block and Bridle; and Sigma Alpha.

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program? 

I chose Clemson’s AVS program for their love of agriculture. From the farms to the clubs available to join, Clemson just showed a passion for agriculture, which is a big passion of mine. Having the farms so close to campus for teaching and research was such an awesome thing that really made the final decision for me.

Cortney Curtis

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:  My goal is to get accepted to veterinary school and pursue a career in the veterinary field, most likely at a mixed animal practice. I have always wanted to help others, and what better way to accomplish that than to help their pets?

Interests:  I love animals (as I hope everyone else in AVS does as well). I also enjoy playing sports, paddleboarding, golfing, Netflix (every college kids kryptonite), and generally just being outdoors.

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

The students have a relationship with the faculty and staff that is absolutely amazing. The faculty is always out and about, but they love to stop and help students with almost anything. Clemson’s AVS department feels like home, especially when yours is far away. Clemson University is one big family as well. Students are always looking out for each other and are always there to lend a hand. Clemson is beautiful, and there truly is something in these hills.

Sara Garbowski

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:  I plan on attending veterinary school after my time at Clemson. My goal is to become a small animal veterinarian and have my own practice one day.

Interests:   I love all animals, big and small! I have a dog, Pappy, at home. I love to run and ride horses. I am also on the Clemson Dairy Show Team. I love cows! 

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

Clemson has a very well known and respected Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department. The main reason that I decided to come to Clemson was because of all the farms and the hands on experience that you cannot find at most colleges. I knew that Clemson would prepare me for my future goal of becoming a veterinarian. Also, Clemson has a friendly and inviting atmosphere that is very unique to our campus! There is no place I would rather be than here at Clemson!

Avery Goho

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:   After Clemson, I hope to go to veterinary school to become a small animal veterinarian. Eventually, I would love to have my own small animal practice and be able to do volunteer veterinary work around the world.

Interests:   Running, swimming, soccer, drawing, reading, backpacking, dairy cattle, cooking, being with family, traveling.

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

After I fell in love with the people, campus, and teachers that make Clemson so special, I realized that the Animal and Veterinary Science department was just as incredible. What really stood out to me was the dedication of the AVS faculty to helping students achieve their goals, as well as the amount of hands on opportunities that students are given on their 6 different farms. I love Clemson University with all my heart and the AVS department has been a big part of what makes being a Tiger so amazing.

Stephanie Clair

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:   In the future I would really like to be a veterinarian but for right now, since I am concentrating in agribusiness, I would like to look into getting into the veterinary pharmaceuticals market. I would like to use business knowledge I've gained from Clemson and apply it to selling or marketing medicines and products that can help to benefit the health of animals. 

Interests:   I am obviously very interested in animals. Dogs, cows, elephants, and manatees are just a few of the animals that I have a slight obsession with. I also enjoy running, reading, and doing artsy things like painting and drawing. Music is also a big part of my life because I play the acoustic guitar and love to hear new and different types of music. 

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

I chose Clemson's AVS program because of all the hands-on learning opportunities that it offered me. It is unlike any other program I'd heard of before because I had never heard of actually going out to the farms and handling the animals. I was overall extremely excited that I would get to learn about and help out with animals that I had never really been up close to before. I knew that choosing the AVS program was the right one for me within minutes of researching it and I'm still positive that I made the right decision. 

Ceilidh Knudson

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:   My goal is to get accepted to veterinary school and pursue a career in the veterinary field, most likely to a mixed animal practice.  I have always wanted to help others, and what better way to accomplish that than to help their pets?

Interests:    I loveanimals (as I hope everyone else in AVS does as well).  I also enjoy playing sports, paddleboarding, golfing, Netflix and generally just being outdoors.

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

The students have a relationship with the faculty and staff that is absolutely amazing.  The faculty is always out and about, but they love to stop and help students with almost anything.  Clemson's AVS Department feels like home, especially when yours is far away.  Clemson University is one big family as well.  Students are always looking out for each other and are always there to lend a hand.  Clemson is beautiful, and there truly issomething in these hills.

 


Courtney Schintzius

Junior with Pre-Vet Concentration 

Future Plans:  I am hoping to get into vet school to continue on to work in the field of equine sports medicine. 

Interests:  Horseback riding, fishing, traveling, hiking, the beach, hanging out with friends, being outdoors, yoga, cooking, and Netflix 

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program? 

I don't have a defining moment when I knew I was set on Clemson, but I do know that if I had the chance, I would make the same decision a thousand times over. I wanted to leave Florida and everything I knew to try something completely different for college. For me, why I chose Clemson was kind of obvious: the changing seasons, the football, the southern culture, the riding team, and my major. But the reasons I chose to come to Clemson don't  matter as much as why I chose to stay at Clemson. The people here, especially in the AVS department, are truly amazing and want to see you succeed more than anything. My appreciation for this school and its incredible values continues to grow each day I am here. 


Jenna Washburn

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:  

My future plan is to attend vet school to become a small animal surgeon.

Interests:  

Besides veterinary medicine, my interests and hobbies include playing the violin, traveling, and most anything that involves being outdoors.

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

I chose the Clemson AVS program because I like the hands-on animal experiences it offers and the priority that the department places on student success.  

Jillian Western

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet

Future Plans:  

In the future, I am planning on attending veterinary school with the hope of having my own mixed animal practice some day.

Interests:  

I enjoy the outdoors in my free time.  I like hiking and kayaking, particularly in the fall!

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

I chose Clemson's AVS program because as a freshman, you are given hands-on experience with animals. It also seemed like the faculty and students had a close bond. Another reason I chose this program is because I had an interaction with an AVS Ambassador named Amanda from New York, and she encouraged me that being far from home can be a good experience. Clemson's AVS program seemed like it would give me the best chance at the future I wanted and that it was a good fit for me. 





Madeline Zurowsky

Senior with a concentration in Pre-vet 

Future Plans:  My future plans are to attend vet school after graduation with a small animal focus and hopefully run a clinic one day. I would also like to teach one day, whether that's at a University or a vet school. Education is very important to me so I hope to give back to future students with teaching one day.

Interests:  I really enjoy reading, crafting, social media, cheering on Clemson, playing with any animal that will let me pet it, watching Nat Geo specials, singing a long with musicals, anything Disney, Corgis, and pinteresting out my future. 

Why did you choose Clemson’s AVS Program?  

Why Not. I wanted to attend a big university that felt small. The first time I stepped on to campus I fell in love with the beautiful lakes and green campus. Then I learned about their agricultural programs and how hands on their AVS Department is. I've never met such a passionate student body as Clemson students and I am proud to be one.