Fourth-term St. George’s University veterinary student Ashley Bredenberg has been appointed Global Public Health Officer-Elect for the national Student AVMA (SAVMA) executive board. She is a senior delegate of St. George’s University student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) and the first veterinary student from the School of Veterinary Medicine to be named to the national SAVMA executive board.
Bredenberg was appointed at the 42nd Annual SAVMA Symposium, and assumes responsibility to facilitate and oversee the SAVMA One Health Challenge, for which veterinary schools conduct a themed public health event. This year’s theme is food safety. As a member of the executive board, Bredenberg will provide input into the administration and distribution of funds to all 32 chapters and one associate chapter for the One Health Challenge.
Ashley expressed that her interest in public health and the desire to make a change in the global community inspired her decision to be a part of the national board.
“It is my hope to broaden awareness of the impact students can make in local communities,” she said. “Global public health starts in the local community. We must make an impact locally before we can make a global impact.”
According to Bredenberg this appointment is also significant for St. George’s University students because, “It gives us a voice, it shows that we care, that we want to be involved, and that we’re here to make a difference whether through veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health, or business.”
Upon completing her Master of Public Health in December 2013, and her DVM in 2015, Bredenberg hopes to integrate both fields by working with the government on public health policies and exploring emergency and critical care in veterinary medicine.
The Student AVMA (SAVMA) comprises of an executive board along with a House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD includes two representatives from each member chapter. This national organization allows for student chapters to function effectively as a single unit with the sole purpose of coordinating student chapter functions, promoting the exchange of ideas and information among students, and representing various issues concerning members both as students and future veterinarians.