Akshay Verma is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student at Michigan State University. He entered veterinary school conscious of the need for veterinarians to advocate for progressive animal welfare policies. As such, he is President and Co-Founder of the school’s chapter of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, which among other activities has worked to get veterinary students involved in the legislative process. He serves as a Development Committee Member for Michigan Friends of Companion Animals. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he was awarded highest honors for his thesis on the welfare, scientific, and social concerns associated with appearance-based dog breeding. At U of M, he served as Director of the Michigan Animal Respect Society (currently Michigan Animal Rights Society).