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
Annalee Parker is a sophomore from Marion, Arkansas. She is a member of Chi Omega and the Pre-Vet Club. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, writing, volunteering, working with photography, shopping, church, and spending time with family. She began working at her local animal clinic at the age of 15, where she continues to work there during the summers. She has high interest in the equine industry. She is an Animal Science major in hopes of attending vet school after graduation.
Amy Frank is a senior from Greenwood, Arkansas. She is majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Along with REPS, she is Chair of the Bumper’s College Honors Student Board, Director of Administration for SOOIE, and an Ambassador for the Honors College. Amy began volunteering at Cornerstone Veterinary Clinic in Greenwood, Arkansas when she was 14 years old and currently works as a veterinary assistant at Animal Medical Clinic in Fayetteville. She is working with Dr. Dowling of the Entomology Department to create a geospatial analysis of Rickettsia in the Arkansas tick population for her honors thesis. After graduation, Amy hopes to attend veterinary school so that she may achieve her dream of becoming a companion animal veterinarian.
Mersady Redding grew up in Marshall, Arkansas. She is a senior double majoring in Human Nutrition/Dietetics and Animal Science Pre-Vet. In the summer of 2016, Mersady studied abroad through the U of A community development program in Mozambique, where she conducted studies focused on vaccination protocol on a poultry farm. In the summer of 2017, she visited Belize to conduct mammal and biodiversity research in Billy Barquedier National Park. Mersady holds active roles in her departments and the Honors College. I am an Animal Science REPS member, the President of the Pre-Vet Club, a member of the Student Dietetics Association, and the Secretary of the Bumpers College Honors Student Board. Mersady has over 120 hours of experience working with veterinarians in Harrison, AR. In her free time, she enjoys floating the Buffalo River, attending UREC Fitness classes and creating healthy recipes. She hopes to soon gain certification in personal training. After graduating, she will pursue a masters in Animal Science and an MD.
Bailey Carpenter is a senior from Marine, Illinois pursuing a degree in animal science pre-vet and a minor in agribusiness. She has developed a strong interest in working within developing regions and intends to pursue a veterinary career in which she helps people through the amelioration of animals. She loves her cat, Katie, and her Dachshund-Chihuahua mix, Stella. She hopes to attend vet school at Colorado State and aspires to work with all things livestock-related. Bailey spent summer 2018 in Belize writing her honors thesis, which focuses on the implementation of backyard poultry in developing regions, as well as observing the relative sustainability of such practice. In summer 2017, she worked at Peterson and Smith’s Equine Reproduction Center and learned the tough but rewarding aspects of being a vet. In May 2016, she attended the learning service program in Mozambique, where she performed a community development project. Bailey is also the president of Hogs for Hope, an organization that benefits Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
Colleen Williams is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri. She is pursuing a degree in animal science with a focus in pre-veterinary. She is graduating in May 2019 in hopes to continue her education in veterinary medicine so that she can fulfill her dream of working at a mixed practice animal clinic. In her free time, she enjoys working at Stanton Animal Hospital, volunteering at Fayetteville Animal Services, researching swine at the University’s farm, and spoiling her puppy, Finley.
Sophie Mauldin is a senior 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 junior 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 senior 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.
Elle Rottman is from Bryant, Arkansas. She is a sophomore Animal Science Pre-Vet major as well as a Spanish major. She plans to attend vet school and work in a small and large animal practice. She is also interested in working with exotics/wildlife. She has three dogs, a Bichon, Labrador, and a Chihuahua mix. In her hometown, Elle works at a local small animal vet clinic. While in Fayetteville, she works in the Department of Animal Science as a swine lab assistant.
Zoey Smith is a senior studying Animal Science with a minor in Biology. Zoey was born and raised in Fayetteville, and her dream career is to be involved with wildlife rehabilitation. If you want to know more about the area, Bumpers College, or just to say hi, don’t be afraid to stop her in the halls-- she will answer as much as she can!
Kaylee Chambers is from Russellville, Arkansas. She is a junior majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet concentration and minoring in General Business. She hopes to attend veterinary school and own a mixed animal practice while specializing in clinical pathology. She has a dachshund named Gracie and a winter white dwarf hamster named Ollie. She enjoys volunteering at the Fayetteville Animal Services clinic, volunteering at the on-campus food pantry, and taking care of the University of Arkansas livestock.