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Meet the Cast of Life at Vet U

Rebecca Bernstein, Penn Vet

Rebecca Bernstein

Rebecca Bernstein is a 28-year-old, fourth- year veterinary student at Penn Vet. Born in Manhattan but raised in South Florida, Rebecca is a true city girl. She completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern in Evanston, IL, as a business major. Six months before graduation, with a job lined up and her future seemingly set, Rebecca took a huge turn in her life when she decided to become a veterinarian instead.

As a die-hard dog lover, it is no surprise Rebecca met her long-time boyfriend Ryan through her 150-pound Great Dane, Humboldt. While attempting to carry his massive bag of food to her apartment, Ryan swooped in like a knight in shining armor to carry it for her; they’ve been dating ever since.

Interestingly enough, Great Danes are about the largest animal Rebecca cares to practice on. With a focus on emergency and critical care, she plans to steer clear of large animal veterinarian medicine.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants in Philly, and fixing up her and Ryan’s home. An avid believer in a healthy balance of work and play, Rebecca enjoys going out with her friends whenever she has the chance.

Max Emanuel, Penn Vet

Max Emanuel

Max Emanuel is a 26-year-old, fourth year Penn Vet student from southwestern Connecticut. Max developed a strong bond with animals while on a vacation with his grandparents in Africa. Ever since then, his love for animals continues to grow.

Max realized he wanted to become a vet the summer before his sophomore year of college, during a month-long course in wildlife conservation and human wildlife conflict in Kenya. It was then that Max decided to transfer to the University Miami and begin the pre-veterinary path in his undergraduate career.

Two summers ago, Max volunteered at Pro Vet Wildlife Services in Hoedspruit, South Africa, where he helped provide medical care for the world’s largest remaining rhino population. Max intends to specialize in small animal internal medicine, but his love for all animals inspires him to continue his work with exotics and wildlife. 

During Max’s first year at Penn Vet, he met fellow classmate Melissa Milligan, and they immediately hit it off. Almost four years later, Max and Melissa now share a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Philadelphia with their West Highland White Terrier (Westie), Bonny. By sharing the experience of vet school together, they have become emotional rocks for each other, pushing one another to become better vets.

Lindsay Gallager, Penn Vet

Lindsay Gallagher

Lindsay, 26, grew up around animals her whole life, whether it was wildlife in her backyard, pet cats and dogs, or cows on her grandfather’s farm. She decided to pursue veterinary medicine after volunteering at an animal shelter during her undergraduate years at Georgetown University. Penn Vet was the perfect fit for Lindsay because of its strong Veterinary Business Management Association, behavior department, and proximity to her family in South Jersey.

Lindsay dreams of practicing veterinary behavior and owning her own business. She is your quintessential go-getter and is always pushing herself to do better and go further. She never shies away from a challenge, and her determination has earned her a place near the top of her class.

While most of her time is spent at school, she finds a little down time between rotations and studying to go on adventures. Lindsay has a “say yes” attitude and is always up for trying something new, whether it is a spontaneous road trip, learning to juggle or play guitar, or trying out a new art medium. She enjoys attending dog events as a spectator or participant and has won blue ribbons in dock diving and agility with her Australian shepherd.

Lindsay loves nature and outdoor activities, especially backpacking, canoeing, and dirt biking. She unwinds by finding a balance between the next exciting adventure and relaxing in the company of friends, family, and of course, animals.

Clint Kuban, Penn Vet

Clint Kuban

Clint Kuban is a 28-year-old veterinary student from southwest Connecticut, specializing in emergency and rehab care. Clint graduated from the University of Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. He also completed a Post-Bac Pre-Med program at University of Hartford prior to applying to Penn Vet.

Early in his first year at Penn Vet, Clint was introduced to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, where he formed a life-long bond with an ovarian cancer detection dog named Tsunami (or Tsu for short). After falling in love with Tsu, a German Shepherd, Clint made a commitment to become her permanent foster caregiver. Along with daily training exercises, this commitment requires Clint and Tsu to remain in Philadelphia until Tsunami retires from her career.  In addition to Tsu, Clint shares his two-bedroom apartment with his two cats, Penny and Rafiki.

While in his third year, Clint lost his father to pancreatic cancer. His father, who has always been one of his biggest supporters, refused to let Clint take time off from school throughout his battle with cancer. Now, more determined than ever, Clint has dedicated his final year to his father and is committed to graduating for him. 

Ever the survivalist, Clint is an avid hiker, climber, and outdoorsman. He is currently working on plans to hike Maine’s infamous “100-mile wilderness” section of the Appalachian Trail.

Melanie Lang, Penn Vet

Melanie Lang

Melanie Lang is a 35-year-old, non-traditional vet student from the southeastern Pittsburgh suburb of Munhall.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature before eventually entering a career in business. After working for six years, she decided to completely change her path for something she felt more passionate about. So, just like that, she quit her job, moved to Philadelphia, and enrolled at Penn Vet.

Now in her fourth year of veterinary school, Melanie can hardly believe she’s so close to being a doctor. Her main career goal is to eventually mentor and train other veterinarians.

In her free time, Melanie likes to snuggle up with a glass of Bourbon and her two cats, Rabbit and Dr. Butterfat. She’s an avid runner, loves the outdoors, and likes to play video games.

Morgan Taylor, Penn Vet

Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor is a 25-year-old Penn Vet student from northeast New Jersey with dreams of one day becoming a racetrack veterinarian in southern California. As an equine major, Morgan is acutely aware of the competitive field she is about to enter, and as such, she strives to absorb all the information she can while at Penn Vet.

Morgan’s passion for horses extends outside the clinic and into the ring, where she non-competitively trains in eventing. Away from the stable, Morgan likes to spend her free time exploring Philadelphia with her dog, Millie.

A passionate international traveler, Morgan speaks fluent Spanish – and is conversational in French – and is always looking for ways to utilize her strong linguistic skills. Morgan dreams of one day owning a 60s Mustang Coupe. As a gear head, Morgan will even fix the car herself to make this dream a reality!

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