Club wants to send students to vet school

One of Pierce College’s oldest clubs, the Pre-Vet Club, aims to get students into veterinary school.

Tess Schexnayder, a 20-year-old pre-veterinary major, said that with the help of Leland Shapiro, department chair of agriculture, the club has helped numerous students move onto veterinary school.

“As of today, we’ve had 199 people accepted into vet school from Pierce. Dr. Shapiro is almost at his 200-person goal,” Schexnayder said.

Pierce has its roots in agriculture, so it makes sense that a veterinary club would have lots of active members and have their history reach back to the early days of the college.

Marieve Elliott, 20, a pre-veterinary major, has been a member since the beginning of this semester and says she “fell in love with it” after a meeting last Dec.

“It’s very educational,” Elliott said. “The people go out of their way to help incoming students and current students to pass their classes.”

Club President Benjamin Merkel, who was not at the event, was “heavily involved in the farm before he was our [agricultural] ambassador,” Schexnayder said. “He knows a lot about the farm.”

The Pre-Vet Club meets in the Center for Sciences building in room 9126 on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

“We accept everyone. You could be active in any club,” Schexnayder said. “If you love animals, come join us.”

More information on the Pre-Vet Club can be found online at