Some 2017-2018 REPS members serve hot dogs at the Animal Science Welcome Back Bash.
Representing, Educating and Promoting Scholars
The REPS mission is to represent, educate and promote scholars, within and without the Department of Animal Science, by providing a positive student perspective.
The REPS exist for multiple reasons. They promote animal science, provide a student perspective to future students, and educate the public about the department.
When prospective students and visitors tour the department, one of the REPS will take you on a departmental tour and offer insight to things future students and their parents want to know most. They can tell you about campus life, our hands-on classes, internships, and much more. All you have to do is ask.
The REPS are also responsible for educating the public about animal science. Many people don’t know what animal science is or what opportunities are available in the field. The REPS have visited several elementary school classes with animals from the farm; handing out candy during "scary meat myths;" hosting agricultural movie nights; giving tours of the Department and farms, including time with Hilda the cannulated cow. The REPS love to help educate people about Animal Science, so if they can help you please let us know.
To schedule a tour with a REPS member, or for more Animal Science information, please contact Lauren Husband at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479)575-3195.
Meet the REPS
Ashley is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She's a junior Animal Science Pre-Vet major and hopes to work in a small animal practice upon her graduation from Veterinary school. She has a golden retriever named Ava that she takes everywhere with her. She enjoys hiking, playing soccer, volunteering at the animal shelter, and running on the trails in Fayetteville.
Amy is a sophomore from Greenwood, Arkansas. She is majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and she is pursuing a minor in Ag Business. Along with REPS, she is involved in the Bumper’s College Honors Student Board. Amy began volunteering at Cornerstone Veterinary Clinic in Greenwood, Arkansas when she was 14 years old, and still works there between school sessions. Amy has also recently been involved with the National Bureau of Economic Research as a research assistant. After graduation, Amy hopes to attend Veterinary school and concentrate on companion animals.
Mersady Redding is from Marshall, Arkansas. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, working out, mentoring young women, and floating the Buffalo River. In high school, she was involved with FCCLA, FBLA, FCA, EAST, Beta, Foreign Language, Envirothon, Rapid Response, Student Council, and SWAT. At the U of A, she is double-majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Nutrition/Dietetics. She is involved with the Honors college, Kappa Delta, Wildlife Society, CSES, Pre-Vet Club, UREC Fitness, Dale Bumpers Honors Mentor Program, REPS, and frequent campus events. In April 2016, she placed top 5 at Miss Arkansas Teen International, and in May she traveled to Mozambique for the U of A community development program.
Bailey Carpenter is a junior from Marine, Illinois pursuing a degree in animal science pre-vet and a minor in agribusiness. She loves her cat, Katie, and her dachshund-Chihuahua mix, Stella. She hopes to attend vet school in Colorado and is aspiring to be a large animal vet with an emphasis in equine health. She spent the summer of 2017 working at Peterson and Smith's Equine Reproduction Center and learned the tough but rewarding parts of being a vet. In May 2016, she attended the learning service program in Mozambique, where she did community development. Bailey is also the executive PR and marketing chair for the Hogs4Hope Dance Marathon and really enjoys dancing for the kids.
Jacie Sweeney is from Hermitage, Arkansas. She graduated from the U of A with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in wildlife habitat in May 2016. She is now returning to school to complete a bachelors in biology, and more importantly, her prerequisites for veterinary school, which she plans to attend in fall 2018. She has two corgis named Champ and Ollie Jean, who she adores more than anything.
Sophie Mauldin is a junior from Marion, Arkansas pursuing a degree in animal science pre-vet and an agricultural business minor. She aspires to attend veterinary school upon graduation in 2019 in hopes of working with large animal species. At the U of A, she is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Student Alumnae Association, and Pre-Vet club. She enjoys her free time by volunteering at the University of Arkansas barn, local animal shelters, and interning at the Memphis Zoo.
Kelsey Johnson is from Bixby, Oklahoma. She is a junior Dale Bumpers College Honors student studying animal science pre-vet. Her hobbies include painting, sketching, mountain bike riding, and hiking. She is involved with the Pre-Vet Club, Wildlife Society, and Alpha Delta Pi. During the summer of 2016 she participated in the U of A Global Community Development trip in Mozambique, where she utilized a gelatin mixture she created to help combat chick dehydration on a poultry farm. In 2017, she spent two months in Belize performing her honors thesis research regarding mammals in Billy Barquedier National Park. Her dream is to open her own successful veterinary clinic and create a safe, efficient, and welcoming environment for her clients.
Holley Herndon is from Dallas, Texas. She is a sophomore animal science pre-vet major. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta, REPS, Wildlife Society, and Pre-Vet Club at the U of A. Holley hopes to attend veterinary school after graduating to study companion and large animals.
Shannon Leonard is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a junior animal science pre-vet major with a Spanish minor. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and is the Membership Representative for the National Alliance on Mental Illness at the U of A. She enjoys traveling, volunteering at animal shelters, and running in her free time. She plans on attending veterinary school in fall 2019 to study large and companion animal medicine.
Kelsey is a sophomore from Frisco, Texas majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet concentration and a Business minor. She hopes to work in a small animal clinic after graduating from Veterinary school. She enjoys volunteering at local shelters, cooking and running.
Shelby is from Midland, Texas. She is a junior Animal Science Pre-Vet major and Agricultural Business minor. She plans on attending Veterinary school in the fall of 2018 to study large and companion animals.