Hi, I am Vashni Vasquez. I am currently a student attending the University of St. Francis as a senior Biology major, concentrating on Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and minoring in Chemistry.
I was born in Quezon City, Philippines on April 3, 1997. I am a natural born Filipino and was raised there until I was 14 years old. I am fluent in both English and Tagalog (main Philippine language).
I was educated in the Philippines until I was 14 years old---sophomore year of high school---and migrated here in the United States and continued my education from junior in high school until now. I am younger by a couple of years because of the Philippine educational curriculum is slightly different.
Biology Classes Taken
- Biology I & II
- Plant-Animal Interaction
Chemistry Classes Taken
- General Chemistry I & II
- Organic Chemistry I & II
Math Classes Taken
- Calculus I
I have always had an interest in veterinary medicine. It is not because animals are cute, but I actually want these animals in need to get the medical attention they need and make them feel better. I have shadowed a couple of veterinarians in Joliet, IL. and in Plainfield, IL., and I have come to realize that I would like to specialize in exotics. Also, I spend my free time playing my guitar, watching Anime (Japanese animations) and reading Manga (Japanese graphic novels), and reading novels of interest.
I am currently working as a student worker in the Performing Arts Center of the University of St. Francis, and I also worked at Plainfield Veterinary Clinic.
I am assisting a fellow biology student on her research entitled, Understanding the Effects of Infection Control Measures and Patient Population on the Microbial Community within Radiation Therapy Treatment Centers, and our advisor is Dr. Ben Whitlock. Also, I will be working on immunology of the DFTD and sex/age structure dynamics in Tasmanian Devils with a few other students. Our advisors will be Dr. Timothy Comar, from Benedictine University and Dr. Megan Powell, from the University of St. Francis.