BIMS Student Ambassadors Lead and Inspire
Posted April 06, 2017
Upon entering the College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM), each visitor is greeted with a “Howdy”
and the smiling face of one of the CVM’s student ambassadors.
Responsible for assisting visitors and guiding tours of the CVM,
the ambassadors are the face of the CVM to many visitors. Some
ambassadors are veterinary students, and others are undergraduate
students studying biomedical sciences (BIMS). Through the
Ambassador Program, BIMS students gain valuable leadership
experience and contribute to the CVM in a unique and meaningful
Student ambassadors, Jacquie Macias and Alex Casas, are
pre-professional students who were looking for a way to become
involved at the CVM and gain professional and leadership skills.
Although Macias is pursuing veterinary school and Casas is
interested in a career in public health, both consider the
ambassador program invaluable to their future.
“I think being a student ambassador is a great opportunity,”
Casas said. “I have met a lot of different administrators, and
being around different professors and clinicians has given me a
unique perspective of professionalism.”
For Macias, the ambassador program has helped in preparation for
applying to veterinary school. “Since I talk to people all the time
about the requirements and prerequisites for veterinary school, I
have all of that information memorized,” she said. “If I get
lucky enough to go to veterinary school here, I’ll already know
where everything is.”
Alex Casas provides a tour for Texas Representative Ken King and
his daughter, and Texas A&M Vice President of Government
Relations, Michael O’Quinn.
Additionally, both students have experienced meeting new people
and learning more about the CVM while giving tours. Every day is a
chance to learn something new. “When alumni come in, it’s really
interesting to hear them talk about what the CVM was like in the
past, the resources that helped them graduate, and the academics
they focused on,” Casas said. “They always give me tidbits about
the tours that I didn’t know about. It’s always refreshing to get
“I’ve had veterinarians that have graduated from the CVM come
and talk to me about their experiences, and they have actually
helped me with my tours before,” Macias said. “I’ve met really
great people at the CVM.”
Both ambassadors have also had the opportunity to lead VIP tours
for people who most students would not be able to meet. Casas has
toured with Texas Representative Ken King of Brownsville, Texas,
and Senator Bill Flores of Bryan, Texas. Similarly, Jacquie toured
the parents of country singer Miranda Lambert.
“When I gave a tour to State Representative Ken King, it was
great to see how impressed he was with the facilities,” Casas
Being an ambassador has also complemented the students’
coursework in some unexpected ways. Macias, who is pursuing the
Spanish certificate program at Texas A&M, has given tours in
Spanish. “It feels great to be able to help people like
that,” she said.
Although the two students have given countless tours during
their time as student ambassadors, giving tours never seems to get
old. With new faces, people, animals, and questions, Macias and
Casas love representing the CVM and helping prospective students,
former students, and other visitors.
Jacquie Macias leads a tour of the college facilities.
“I really enjoy talking to high school students who are on the
fence of which school to choose, and being that deciding factor and
pushing them to come here,” Casas said.
“I like telling visitors about all the cool classes you get to
take as a veterinary student,” Macias added.
In addition to belonging to the student ambassador program, both
Macias and Casas are involved in other organizations on and off
campus and stay busy studying for their BIMS classes. It may not be
easy balancing it all, but both are dedicated students. “I have a
planner, and honestly, that’s the best way to stay organized,”
Casas said. “I never thought I would use a planner, but in college,
time management is important.”
With the addition of the Veterinary & Biomedical Education
Complex (VBEC) building in summer 2016, student ambassadors will be
changing up their tours to include the new facilities. Ambassadors
like Casas and Macias are looking forward to the CVM’s expansion
and to even more interesting tours.
“The alumni know this is a great university, and we are only
going up,” Casas said. “We are building new facilities and only
getting better, and I think that’s a trend we are going to be on
for quite some time.”
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Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
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Contact Information: Megan Palsa, Executive Director of
Communications, Media & Public Relations, Texas A&M College
of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science; firstname.lastname@example.org
; 979-862-4216; 979-421-3121 (cell)
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