Trip Leader

Matt Liang


Matt Liang grew up in Sacramento California just minutes away from the state capital. He studied Psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles and was originally planning on going into clinical counseling before pivoting career choices to veterinary medicine.

After graduating in 2011 he worked as a teaching assistant at UCLA for four years teaching a wide range of subjects and was awarded a certificate of distinction in teaching by the Life Science Core Department in 2015. His favorite class he taught was a dissection course called vertebrate morphology. In fact, it was that class that he took as an undergraduate student that prompted him to pursue veterinary medicine.

Matt is now entering his second year at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He plans on continuing down the small animal track, working with dogs and cats, but still has an interest in exotic pets as well. He was involved in many volunteer programs prior to veterinary school as has continued to serve his community as an officer for the Mercer Clinic for Pets of the Homeless.

Over the past two summers Matt has added many stamps to his passport by backpacking through South East Asia and then Europe. During these adventures he visited Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. One of his favorite moments in his travels was watching the sunrise on the top of Mount Batur in Bali.

In his free time, Matt enjoys playing and watching nearly every kind of sport, listening to music and spending time outside hiking or just lounging on a beach.