Akshay Verma is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student at Michigan State University and a Research & Development Consultant. He has experience working for the companion animal food industry in formulation development with an emphasis on  animal-free sourcing and humane scientific testing. He is familiar with AAFCO testing and labeling regulations.

Akshay entered veterinary school conscious of the need for veterinarians to advocate for progressive animal welfare policies. He currently serves on the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s National Access to Veterinary Care Coalition and on Michigan Friends of Companion Animals’ Development Committee.

Previously, he was President and Co-Founder of the MSU chapter of the HSVMA. He 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 was Director of the Michigan Animal Respect Society.