Alumni Action Council
Alumni Action Council
The mission of the Alumni Association is to connect, engage, and celebrate alumni, students, faculty, staff, corporate partners, and friends of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The Action Council of the Alumni Association (the “Alumni Council”) is the governing body and comprises officers and members. The Alumni Action Council is advisory to the Dean Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Alumni Council Officers
Moses Humphreys, DVM (RUSVM 2005)
Dr. Humphreys received his veterinary degree from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, after completing his clinical rotations at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Following graduation, he completed a rotating small animal internship at a busy emergency and referral center in Brooklyn, New York.
Starting in late 2010, he and his wife, Dr. Eliza Lischin (RUSVM, 2001) co-founded multiple, One Love Animal Hospital’s in New York City.
Dr. Humphreys served on the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) Committee for six years. He also was a founding member of the RUSVM Alumni Association and became acting president of the association in 2017.
Dianne Rey, DVM (RUSVM 1999)
Dr. Rey graduated Ross University 1999 and started working in New York, where she stayed for 4 years. She had great mentors, one happened to be a Rossie. Then she made her way back to Orlando, Florida and has established herself as a dedicated team member at Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital for the past 14 years. Her special interests are in internal medicine and emergency medicine, but she has a passion for surgery. She is really excited to be a member of the alumni council and looks forward to creating a greater bond between present, past, and future "Rossies".
Alexandra Quarti, DVM (RUSVM 2007)
Dr. Quarti is did her undergrad at UCONN and Conn College. She has been a professional equestrian and humane officer.
Previously, she was Director of Veterinary Quality, New England SouthMedical Director for Banfield Pet Hospital, acting as the liaison for RUSVM. Dr. Quarti will be joining a new practice in January 2019.
Dr. Quarti is also a board member of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (Chair strategic planning committee, member government affairs committee).
Alumni Council Members
Mickey Axelband, DVM (RUSVM 1985)
Dr. Mickey Axelband is a veterinarian and the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the American Veterinary Group. Mickey has practiced veterinary medicine in South Florida for 31 years as a former owner of 3 veterinary practices. He sits on the board of Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in South Florida.
Mickey has been a consultant and speaker for several pharmaceutical companies. He appeared in a weekly “Ask The Vet” TV segment for two years and served as a regular on-air veterinary consultant for ABC News.
Mickey received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware. After Delaware, he attended veterinary school in Italy while learning to speak Italian, and travelling throughout Europe. During his time studying abroad, he learned of Ross University, a new vet school getting ready to open. Mickey transferred into Ross and became the very first graduate of the school.
Away from work, Mickey enjoys spending time with his wife, their 6 dogs, adventure travel, attending baseball games and flying airplanes.
NEJLA AZIMA, DVM (RUSVM 2014)
Dr. Nejla Azima is the Canadian representative on the Alumni Action Council. She graduated Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, after completing her clinical rotations at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to entering veterinary school, she completed a Bachelor of Science honors degree from University of Guelph in Biological Sciences and Statistics. Subsequently in 2008, she backpacked East Asia for eight months with an NGO leadership development program - aspiring to bridge the gap between the world's divides through empowering individuals to build personal integrity.
Dr. Azima entered veterinary medicine with the intention to pursue a career in regulatory medicine and One Health. Shortly after completing her DVM degree, she returned to her home in Toronto, Ontario where she was recruited as a Veterinary Officer by the Canadian government.
In 2018, in pursuit of a milder climate, Dr. Azima and her husband (along with their feline fellow "Harvey") moved to British Columbia, where she continues to work in the Public Sector as a regulatory veterinarian.
Brian Husbands, DVM (RUSVM 1998)
After graduation, Dr. Husbands completed a rotating small animal internship followed by residencies in small animal internal medicine and comparative oncology.
He has held specialty practice and academic positions.
Dr. Husbands is currently Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. He teaches veterinary students, interns, & residents, participates in clinical research, and cares for patients.
Mark Salemi, DVM (RUSVM 1987)
Dr. Salemi is the owner of the Northside Animal Hospital, New York State. Since graduation, joined the staff at Northside Animal Hospital and after 4 years, bought into the practice becoming a full partner 2 years later. He married Ann Salemi-Yanazzo in 1997 and they have 2 children, Marissa 14 and Nicholas 11.
Dr. Salemi has actively been on the NYC VMA Board from 1995 until present and served as its president in 2002, receiving all awards available from the association except distinguished life service because he was 5 years too young to receive it.
Cared for the search and rescue dogs at ground Zero 911 attacks and subsequently developed, as charter and present member, the NYC VERT (Veterinary Emergency Response Team) executive board. He is presently serving his third term on the Board of Education in his home town as well as the Board of Health, Office of Emergency Management and Stigma Free Committee.
JP Carew, DVM (RUSVM 2001)
Dr. Jon-Paul Carew gained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology in 1997 at FAU, before graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
His clinical year was completed at The University of Georgia. He has been practicing veterinary medicine in South Florida since October 2001. Dr Carew has been working at Bayview Animal Hospital since January 2012. Bayview Animal Hospital is a busy 6-doctor practice in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Carew enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine including surgery and exotic medicine.
He has a special interest in pain management and anesthesia. He looks forward to being active on the Alumni board and helping potential students in their veterinary career dreams.
Kim Witalis, DVM (RUSVM 1997)
Dr. Witalis completed her undergraduate at The Ohio State University and graduated from RUSVM in 1997. She has worked small animal, exotics, ER and relief veterinary medicine. Dr. Witalis currently lives in Northern Kentucky and works in Cincinnati, OH. She has one dog, 2 tortoises, 3 cats and 4 birds. She loves to travel, weight lifting, scuba diving, reading, cooking, sewing and working in her yard. She is is proud to say: "My career has allowed me to make friends around the globe".
Past Council Members
Mike Zareski, DVM (RUSVM 2002)
Mike Zareski, DVM (RUSVM 2002) "Dr. Mike" Zareski was a 2002 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to going into private practice, he completed a clinical rotation with Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and also completed a two-month elective internship at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, focusing on a lifelong interest in aquatic animal medicine. In April 2008, Dr. Mike merged Surfside Veterinary Services with Animal Birth Control spay/neuter clinic to found Western Veterinary Group, acquiring Crenshaw Animal Hospital in June, 2012. As a small animal practitioner, he is accomplished in all aspects of general medicine and surgery. Born and raised in the South Bay, Dr. Mike graduated from Palos Verdes High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Santa Clara University. He traveled extensively across the U.S. and abroad, living in Europe, Japan and St. Kitts, West Indies. Most of all, he enjoyed sunny days in the South Bay with his wife, Shanna, daughters Jordana and Hannah, sons Christopher and Drew and their cats, Delilah and King Soloman. Sadly, Dr. Zareski left this earth in 2017 and is missed by all who knew him.
Tyler Long, DVM (RUSVM 2004)
Dr. Long is a clinical veterinarian at North Carolina State University. Upon graduation in 2004, Dr. Long spent 4 years in private practice before returning to academia to complete a three year laboratory animal medicine residency at Stanford University Medical Center.
After his residency he worked in the medical device industry for two years, and again returned to academia at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he currently works in laboratory animal resources.