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    Faculty Spotlight: Erin Phoenix '11, DVM '17 , article

    Erin Phoenix, a VMCVM alum and faculty member who is excited for the opportunity to grow and support future veterinarians to give back to her profession and alma mater.

    Date: Feb 09, 2024
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    Student Spotlight: Roger Mack , article

    Meet Roger Mack, a fourth-year DVM mixed animal tracker who possesses hidden talents in robotics and baking, refutes the misconception that veterinary studies only focus on disease, emphasizing the importance of preventive health.

    Date: Feb 02, 2024
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    Staff Spotlight: Carli Dotson , article

    Carli Dotson joined the veterinary college in June 2019, initially supporting students and later becoming the administrative assistant for the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. She values the supportive community at VMCVM and lives by the motto "Be the change you want to see in the world."

    Date: Jan 26, 2024
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    Alumni Spotlight: Calvin Lau DVM '17 , article

    Calvin Lau, a proud VMCVM DVM 2017 alum, reflects on how VMCVM equipped him for the real world by emphasizing continuous learning and problem-solving skills. For him, the best part of being a VMCVM alum lies in the enduring friendships and bonds formed with his graduating class, who continue to support each other.

    Date: Jan 19, 2024
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    Faculty Spotlight: Jacquelyn Pelzer DVM '97 , article

    Jacquelyn Pelzer, a VMCVM alum and committed faculty member since 2009, delights in nurturing veterinary students through their transformative journey. A former professional surfer turned veterinarian, she effortlessly balances diverse roles with style.

    Date: Jan 12, 2024
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    Student Spotlight: Andrea Connor , article

    Meet Andrea Connor, a second-year DVM/MPH public corporate tracker who is interested in infectious diseases.

    Date: Jan 03, 2024
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    Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Gorman DVM '11 , article

    Andrew Gorman DVM '11, currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Comparative Medicine Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science/NIH. With a foundation from the veterinary college, his well-rounded veterinary expertise extends from hands-on practical experience to advocating for staff development, emphasizing empathy in professional interactions, and dispelling misconceptions about lab animal medicine.

    Date: Dec 20, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: McKinley Mullins , article

    Meet McKinley Mullins, the special service client liaison in surgical oncology at the veterinary college. As the team's glue, she seamlessly coordinates with clients, manages finances, and jumps in wherever needed. She cherishes the friendships formed within the college and considers them the best part of her job.

    Date: Dec 15, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Becky Funk , article

    Becky Funk, a faculty member at the veterinary college since 2011, is dedicated to teaching the next generation of veterinarians with a focus on happiness and lifelong learning.

    Date: Dec 13, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Natasha Welch , article

    Meet Natasha Welch, a third-year DVM small animal tracker who wants to become a small animal soft tissue surgeon.

    Date: Dec 05, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Maryann Cline , article

    Maryann Cline serves as the veterinary technician supervisor at the Animal Cancer Care and Research Center. She has been with the veterinary college since 2007 and has a passion for teaching and working with students.

    Date: Nov 28, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Nina Miller Prill DVM '91 , article

    Meet Nina Miller Prill DVM '91 whose advice to current DVM students is to "believe in your dreams. Follow your passion. Be indispensable in your first jobs and learn as much as you can. Don't be afraid to try new procedures. Do your best."

    Date: Nov 20, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Joanne Tuohy , article

    Meet Joanne Tuohy, assistant professor of surgical oncology at the Animal Cancer Care and Research Center. She is passionate about improving treatments and outcomes for pets and people with cancer.

    Date: Nov 15, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Dan Vruink , article

    Meet Dan Vruink, the hospital administrator at the Animal Cancer Care and Research Center. He enjoys working with people passionate about treating and researching cancer and loves to cook and play with his kids.

    Date: Nov 14, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Amanda Gabriel , article

    Meet Amanda Gabriel, a third-year DVM small animal tracker who loves painting and taking hikes with her dogs.

    Date: Nov 10, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Marianne Martinson '87, DVM '92 , article

    Marianne Martinson fondly reflects on how VMCVM prepared her for the 'real world' through enhanced communication, collaboration, and resourcefulness. And as an unexpected bonus, those all-nighters seemed to have readied her for the challenges of motherhood!

    Date: Oct 24, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Katie Reuss , article

    Meet Katie Reuss, an experienced large animal veterinary technician at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Katie's role in the college revolves around the care and well-being of horses and she has made it her mission to instill her passion for these majestic creatures in the hearts of aspiring veterinarians.

    Date: Oct 19, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Mary Kalvaitis , article

    Meet Mary Kalvaitis, a dedicated third-year DVM mixed animal tracker who is also a licensed veterinary technician.

    Date: Oct 19, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Brittany Patrick , article

    Brittany embarked on her veterinary college adventure in May 2019 when she joined the surgery department at VMCVM. Her love for anesthesia led her to make a smooth transition to the anesthesia department in November of the same year. Teaching and nurturing a passion for anesthesia is what truly fuels her.

    Date: Oct 18, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Kris Wagher , article

    Kris Wagher is an Internal Medicine Licensed Veterinary Technician at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Kris finds the best part of her work to be the continuous learning and the supportive "work family" of clinicians.

    Date: Oct 17, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Katherine Harshman , article

    Katherine Harshman serves as a receiving technician in the ViTALS laboratory at the veterinary college. She plays a crucial role in screening and handling various samples, whether they are for in-house testing, research projects, or specialty reference laboratory send-outs.

    Date: Oct 16, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Erin Gloag , article

    Meet Erin Gloag, a faculty member passionate about research and teaching. She finds joy in nurturing scientists and exploring new research ideas. Her motto is "work smarter, not harder."

    Date: Oct 10, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Shelby Lassiter , article

    Meet Shelby Lassiter, a second-year DVM small animal tracker. Originally from Spencer, WV, Shelby pursued a degree in Biochemistry at Marietta College before discovering her passion for veterinary medicine.

    Date: Oct 04, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Amy Winemiller , article

    Amy Winemiller ’08, M.A.Ed. ’11 is the website and digital project coordinator at the college. She does "a little bit of everything" to ensure the smooth operation of various digital endeavors and is inspired by people who navigate life authentically.

    Date: Sep 28, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Maxey '08 DVM '13 , article

    Lauren Maxey credits VMCVM for equipping her with the knowledge and tools she needed to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She remains closely connected to her alma mater through events and the vibrant alumni community.

    Date: Sep 20, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Davis , article

    Meet Jennifer Davis, a dedicated faculty member at the veterinary college since 2017. She's not just a teacher; she's a graduate of the college herself, with a deep passion for educating future veterinarians.

    Date: Sep 13, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: E'lisia Davis , article

    An aspiring veterinarian in the DVM program at the college, E'lisia Davis is fueled by her lifelong devotion to animals and a deep-rooted desire to advocate for their welfare. With a harmonious blend of compassion, creativity, and unwavering family support, E'lisia's journey stands as a testament to her commitment to becoming an exceptional and caring veterinarian.

    Date: Sep 06, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Angela Webb , article

    Angela Webb has been an integral part of the veterinary college for nearly a decade, with 26+ years at Virginia Tech. As the Academic Affairs Office Manager and Event Coordinator, Angela plays a pivotal role in the college's operations and student support.

    Date: Aug 28, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Jaclyn Clement (DVM '11) , article

    Jaclyn Clement is proud to be a VMCVM alum! This incredible journey equipped her with more than just clinical skills. She learned the art of resilience, embracing life's challenges, and turning them into stepping stones for success.

    Date: Aug 16, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Rachael Carpenter , article

    Rachael Carpenter, Clinical Instructor

    Date: Aug 09, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Maria Paz Buman Ruiz Diaz , article

    This month's student spotlight is Maria Paz Buman Ruiz Diaz, a Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Master's student and a 2022 DVM alum.

    Date: Aug 02, 2023
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    Staff Spotlight: Mary Johnston, LVT , article

    Mary Johnston, LVT, highlights the power of teamwork in her work at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and shares her inspiring experiences with students pursuing their veterinary careers.

    Date: Jul 26, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: John McQuiston (MS '92) , article

    John McQuiston currently lives in Atlanta, GA, and works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a team lead in the Special Bacteriology Reference Laboratory.

    Date: Jul 19, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Mindy Quigley , article

    Mindy Quigley, Clinical Research Coordinator

    Date: Jul 12, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Nina Havelka , article

    This month's student spotlight is Nina Havelka, a second-year, DVM mixed animal tracker.

    Date: Jul 05, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Patrick McGlone (DVM '10) , article

    Patrick McGlone currently lives in Charlotte, NC, with my wife Alida (his VMCVM classmate) and their two kids. He has been working for Banfield for the past 13 years, starting as an associate DVM, then a Chief of Staff, then Director, and now Vice President.

    Date: Jun 20, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Tom Cecere , article

    Thomas E. Cecere '01, DVM '05, Ph.D. '12, DACVP–Anatomic Pathology Assistant Head for DVM Curriculum Coordination and Associate Professor of Anatomic Pathology

    Date: Jun 12, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Amy Lin , article

    This month's student spotlight is Amy Lin, a fourth-year DVM small animal tracker.

    Date: Jun 06, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Donald Prater (DVM '96) , article

    A conversation with Donald Prater (DVM '96), Acting Director of the Office of Food Policy and Response (OFPR) and the Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Date: May 16, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Katie Rodarte , article

    In a departure from our regular student profiles this month we are featuring Katie Rodarte, an incoming student transitioning from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the DVM Class of 2027.

    Date: May 03, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Nisha Duggal , article

    Nisha Duggal, PhD Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Date: May 02, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Sophie Bogers , article

    Sophie Bogers, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, DACVS–Large Animal Clinical Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery

    Date: Apr 24, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Tanya LeRoith (DVM '99) , article

    For this month's alum profile, a "double dose" as Tanya LeRoith is both an alumna (DVM '99) and a clinical professor of anatomic pathology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at the college.

    Date: Apr 11, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Michael Marciano , article

    In a departure from our regular student profiles this month we are featuring Michael Marciano, an undergraduate student studying pre-veterinary dairy science within the three-plus-one program at Virginia Tech. He will be in the DVM Class of 2027.

    Date: Apr 05, 2023
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    Photo of Jesper Lorentzen (B.S. '00, DVM '04) speaking at the VMCVM 2021 white coat ceremony.
    Alumni Spotlight: Lorentzen (B.S. '00, DVM '04) , article

    Dr. Jesper Lorentzen started working at Hanover Green Veterinary Clinic as a relief doctor in 2013. Quickly growing to love the hospital as well as the staff, he purchased the hospital in February 2014. Prior to owning Hanover Green, Dr. Lorentzen spent eight years at Virginia Tech, where he earned a DVM, and worked in emergency medicine for 10 years. Dr. Lorentzen served on the VMCVM Alumni Board of Directers from 2015 until 2023 and was President from 2020-2022.

    Date: Mar 21, 2023
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    Jamie Stewart and student taking vital signs of a goat.
    Faculty Spotlight: Jamie Stewart , article

    Jamie Stewart, DVM, PhD, MS, DACT Assistant Professor in Production Management Medicine

    Date: Mar 16, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Sam Johnson , article

    Continuing our monthly student spotlight series, this month, we feature third-year DVM student ambassador Sam Johnson. Find out when Sam knew he wanted to be a veterinarian, his superpower, and the best part of being a VMCVM student.

    Date: Mar 07, 2023
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    Alumni Spotlight: Viner (DVM '98) , article

    Tabitha Viner has been at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory since 2010. She is part of the pathology section at the lab and works with other Fish and Wildlife Service scientists in the fields of genetics, morphology, and criminalistics on crimes involving birds and endangered species.

    Date: Feb 21, 2023
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    Faculty Spotlight: Bobbi Conner , article

    Bobbi Conner, DVM, DACVECC Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

    Date: Feb 17, 2023
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    Student Spotlight: Meghan Albritton , article

    Second-year Master of Public Health, infectious disease concentration and second-year geography M.S. student Home Town/State: Rockmart, Georgia

    Date: Feb 06, 2023
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    Bom Harris (DVM '08) with a calf.
    Alumni Spotlight: Bom Harris (DVM '08) , article

    Bom Harris has been practicing in Virginia since graduating from the college in 2008. Harris hails from Birmingham, Alabama, and now resides in Beaverdam, Virginia. She is active in her community, focusing on producer and 4H education.

    Date: Jan 26, 2023
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    Brittany Ciepluch examining a dog.
    Faculty Spotlight: Brittany Ciepluch , article

    Brittany Ciepluch, DVM, MS, DACVS–Small Animal Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology

    Date: Jan 25, 2023
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    Headshot of Chris Hollingsworth (DVM Candidate '23).
    Student Spotlight: Chris Hollingsworth , article

    Class of 2023, Public/Corporate Track Hometown/State: Silver Spring, Maryland

    Date: Jan 24, 2023