I was born in Kazakhstan, and moved to Vancouver at the young age of 7. I am a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia, having graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. I found my passion for working with animals while volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Centre and the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, both organizations helping rescue, rehabilitate and release wild animals. Whilst attaining my degree, I deepened my interest for science and medicine with a position as a research assistant in a laboratory at UBC, assisting a Post-Doctoral Fellow in research on multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I found that my interests could be combined through veterinary medicine, and am so grateful that I can follow my passion at Amherst, with such supportive and friendly staff that strive to practice the best medicine.
In my spare time I love to cook, always trying new recipes. I also love to spend time with my pet rabbit, Molly, a small and very affectionate Netherland Dwarf. I like to take advantage of the range of activities Vancouver offers, from hiking to paddle boarding, especially enjoying the easy access to the sea and lakes, as swimming is one of my favourite activities. I have always loved travelling, being fortunate enough to visit many places throughout the world. My thirst for travel is not yet quenched however, and I hope to continue my adventures soon.