Vanessa Anais Salgado


I am a senior in Animal Sciences with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in Chemistry. I am from the Northwest side of Chicago and I am a proud first-generation student of Salvadorian and Mexican descent. I joined the lab through the SURETox’s Summer 2022 program where I analyzed whether there is a relationship between the gut-microbiome and acute exposure of Diisonoyl Phthalate (DiNP) on uterine development in mice. I stayed with the lab to continue the research from the summer and from the support our members gave me. My goals are to attend veterinary school and become a veterinarian. I have a wide-array potential-career interests including small-animal general practice, specializing in emergency medicine or pathobiology, or pursuing a DVM + MS/PhD program in toxicology.

Apart from the lab I am involve on campus by being an Animal Sciences and ACES Global Ambassador, member of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), APVMA (American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association) co-chair for the Pre-veterinary club, and apart of Phi Eta Sigma’s Scholastic and Professional Committee. Separate from that I spend my time drawing, rewatching Marvel movies, and solving Rubik Cubes 🙂