A student veteran and professor were named last month to positions with a national pre-veterinary medical organization.
Christina Bautista, a junior majoring in animal science, was elected as the national vice president for the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) during the organization’s annual symposium Feb. 28-29, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Cord Brundage, an assistant professor of animal and veterinary sciences, was appointed to the AVPMA advisory board of trustees after a year-long selection, vetting, and interview process.
Fifteen Cal Poly Pomona animal science students attended this year’s symposium, accompanied by Brundage.
It’s the second consecutive year that a Cal Poly Pomona student was elected as APVMA officer at the symposium. Last year, Jaylen Davis was elected APVMA’s national treasurer.
Bautista, who lives in Palmdale with her husband and three boys, will serve a one-year term on the organization’s executive board. Her duties will include networking with companies and other organizations to gain scholarship sponsors and facilitating collaboration between board members and advisors.
Bautista enlisted in the California National Guard in 2002, and she served as a heavy equipment tractor driver. Her unit was the first from California to deploy to the Middle East in 2003, and Bautista spent a year there. She was discharged from the National Guard in 2009 at the rank of sergeant.
Brundage, who came to Cal Poly Pomona in 2016, was the college’s Mack H. Kennington Advisor of the Year in 2018.
The APVMA is a national student organization that promotes interest in the field of veterinary medicine.