Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Animal Health Science & Technology Association (AHSTA)

About This Club

AHTSA group photo

AHSTA is a club for those in the Animal Health Science major, but all majors are welcomed with an interest in animal health and welfare. AHSTA serves as a forum for discussion and a means of dispersing information about the major and potential career opportunities. We also strive to promote the role of the veterinary technician in clinical practice, laboratory animal care, management, sales, etc.

We are active in events sponsored by the College of Agriculture, and we offer great leadership opportunities. We are also a student chapter of the North American Veterinary Technician Association and we sponsor members to attend the annual Western States Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV. We also do behind-the-scenes tours of and trips to various educational facilities. 

2016 - 2017 Officers & More

President: Mercedes Martin-Hightower 
Vice President: Cindy Gomez 
Secretary: Kara Buettgenbach 
Treasurer: Melanie Avina 
Publicity: Tania Meza 
Ag Council Reps: Roselle Mendez, Stephany Cervantes 
Volunteer Coordinator: Samantha Joun, Ahrah Ko 
Historian: Janel Vazquez 
Social Coordinator: Melana Raffoul 
Advisor: Dr. Joanne Sohn 
Advisor: Sherri Reichardt
Advisor: Eva Jaeger  
Club Email:
Club Website:!/groups/72759333849/
Meeting date/time/location: Thursdays / 12:00-1:00 / 2-201
Club majors: Animal Health Science
Number of members: 72
AHSTA Events Calendar:  
Club Events & Activities: Pumpkin Festival, Bowling Night, Drive-in movies, Amanda Foundation, and many more!
Annual Trips/Travel: Western Veterinary Conference, Aquarium of the Pacific, San Diego Zoo Safari Park 
Community Service Projects: Pet therapy, Danny's Farm Petting Zoo, community service with shelters and rescues
General Information: We help bring together students with an interest in promoting the welfare of animals
Club Goals: To expose members to hands-on activity with animals and promote proper animal care
Mission: Promote and support those interested in the health and welfare of animals in the context of animal medicine and research