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Otterbein alumna Emily Brediger Peck ’11 carries on Otterbein’s sense of community

Otterbein alumna Emily Brediger Peck ’11 carries on Otterbein’s sense of community

Emily Brediger Peck ’11 has accomplished more than she thought she could at this stage in her career. She was recently named a 2016 Top 40 under 40 honoree by Inside Business, the Hampton Roads business journal, based in Virginia.

“I’m extremely humbled to be where I am today and being recognized for my work,” Peck said. “Making the Top 40 list was something I aspired to in a year or two. I never thought I could do it this early. I’m feel privileged to be among such a diverse group of winners.”

The Top 40 Under 40 awards highlight community involvement and impact local Norfolk and Hampton Roads, Virginia professionals have on the area. Peck credits Otterbein with giving her an early platform to be involved and maximize her potential as a volunteer and organizer.

“Otterbein was the perfect platform for me. I really dislike being idle and there were so many opportunities for me. I was one of only two students on the academic council, I was a host and tour guide, I was a RA in Hanby Hall, I volunteered at a dog shelter and the list goes on.”

Peck is the veterinary clinic director and facilities director at the Virginia Beach SPCA. She also does a lot of work with Tidewater Community College (TCC) as the chair of their veterinary assistant program advisory board committee and a member of the technician program advisory board. Peck says her volunteer work gives her so much more than she can ever give, but she’s willing to always try.

“I feel very strongly about the future of the veterinary industry,” she said. “I want to focus my abilities on providing opportunities and access to new things in our career field. Working with TCC allows me to apply myself to what I feel is important and work to make it a reality.”

Peck still feels very connected to Otterbein and sees the universities influence it has had on her every day. She remains in contact with many of her professors and she recently adopted Trip, a 2015 retired horse she rode and adored as a hunt seat rider with the Otterbein equestrian team.

“We’re now alumni together,” she said.

Peck’s advice to current Otterbein students is to take advantage of every opportunity or way to get involved now while you can. She stresses that while on campus, those opportunities are easier to come by and it will help make an easier transition from university to professional life.

“Always remember that sense of community you felt at Otterbein and carry that forth. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place, then volunteer and make the community you want to see. Otterbein taught me that and it has yet to let me down.”


Learn more about Otterbein’s Equine Preveterinary Medicine/Pregraduate Studies program.

Learn more about Erin Brediger Peck ’11 from her Top 40 Under 40 profile.