Texas Tech University

Undergraduate Students

Mariela Gonzalez

Hello, my name is Mariela Gonzalez, or Marie for short. I'm a senior and an Animal Science Business major and also minoring in Spanish. I'm hoping to graduate in December 2016 and would like to continue a career in this field working with either livestock or companion animals. 'If you can dream it. You can do it.' -Walt Disney.


Jocelyn Banschbach

Hi, my name is Jocelyn Banschbach and I am an Animal Science major here at Texas Tech. I graduate in 2017 and I am hoping to attend veterinarian school immediately afterwards. I love companion animals and I really want to specialize in exotics.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt.


Kerbey Jacobs

My name is Kerbey Jacobs, I am a senior Animal Science Production major here at Texas Tech University. I will be graduating in May of 2017 and am hoping to pursue a career in training companion animals. I have a particular interest in training abandoned and abused animals and helping to re-home them. My passion for animals started at a young age and continued to grow as I became involved in raising livestock for FFA and continued on to helping Dr. Protopopova with the animal shelter research.


Sadie Bowling

My name is Sadie Bowling and I am a freshman at Texas Tech. I'm an Animal Science Pre-Vet major and have an overwhelming love for all animals. I hope to become an exotic animal veterinarian and work overseas to improve the lives of animals worldwide.


Destiny Holtzman

My love for animals started as a child when I took up horseback riding and continued through the summers I spent at the local zoo's summer camp. I've taken this love and admiration and turned it into a future and am currently a junior at Texas Tech with a major in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine. I spend my time as a volunteer at animal rescue centers and as a research assistant for Dr. Protopopova.


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