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    Close up of a white horses face.
    Equine Veterinary Crisis - sustaining emergency and critical care services in an ever-changing landscape , article

    There is a crisis silently brewing in the equine veterinary world. The combination of older veterinarians leaving the field, current equine veterinarians leaving for better pay and work/life balance, and fewer numbers of veterinary students choosing equine as their elective field of specialty have seriously affected the availability of primary and emergency care for horses throughout the United States and beyond. And, if nothing is done now this could be greatly problematic for horse owners who need to seek medical care for their horses in the coming years.

    Date: Mar 24, 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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    Collage of photos provided by Bruce Bowman.
    Veterinary college alum Bruce Bowman carries serving others to new heights around the world , article

    Bruce Bowman (B.S. '83, DVM '87) has made a life and a living serving veterinary clients in his native Shenandoah Valley and citizens of the commonwealth of Virginia, but his Ut Prosim (“That I may serve”) commitment has also overflowed across the oceans to the highest mountain passes on Earth.

    Date: Mar 14, 2023
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    Veterinary college, Department of Corrections continue to benefit from two-decade partnership , article

    Aligned by the common goal of improving Virginia agriculture, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) and the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) continue to reap the benefits of a partnership now more than two decades old.

    Date: Mar 09, 2023
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    A group of brown chickens roam for food.
    Veterinary college alumni at forefront of effort to contain avian flu and its impacts , article

    From personally escorting a sample on a flight from Virginia to Iowa for testing, to joining a delegation on a trans-Pacific flight to Japan to convince trading partners the U.S. poultry supply is safe, alumni from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) are on the front lines in the battle to control the impacts of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak.

    Date: Mar 02, 2023
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    Photo of Tabitha Viner standing in front of snowy mountains.
    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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    Portrait of Rebecca Persons.
    Veterinary alumna Rebecca Persons joins college as clinical instructor , article

    Rebecca Persons has joined the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine as a clinical instructor at the Small Animal Community Practice. The Small Animal Community Practice is part of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, one of the college’s three animal hospitals. The Community Practice provides preventative care to small animals within a 35-mile radius of Blacksburg.

    Date: Feb 10, 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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    Alumni gather for a group photo at the College Celebration in the Grove during Connect 2022 at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
    Connect 2022 brings alumni, students together for weekend of networking and fun , article

    More than 600 registered attendees came to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Connect 2022, Oct. 20-22. Apparently the largest veterinarian gathering in the state of Virginia this year.

    Date: Oct 27, 2022
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    Resident Megan Lowman, DVM to present a retrospective study on next generation sequencing (NGS) in equine sinusitis

    On Saturday, October 15, Equine Medical Center surgery resident, Megan Lowman, DVM will present a retrospective study on next generation sequencing (NGS) in equine sinusitis at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Surgery Summit in Portland, Oregon.

    Date: Oct 12, 2022
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    Erin Phoenix poses in the grass with a dog.
    Veterinary alumna returns as faculty to work with students, shelter dogs , article

    Erin Phoenix (B.S ‘11, DVM ’17) recently joined the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine as a veterinary instructor with the Animal Care for Education team in the small animal clinical sciences department.

    Date: Aug 29, 2022
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    DVM Class of 2026 White Coat Ceremony group photo.
    Class of 2026 receives support—and a surprise—during White Coat Ceremony , article

    Last Friday, 127 aspiring veterinarians, wearing their newly bestowed white coats, rose from their seats at the Moss Arts Center and took the veterinary student's oath. With that, the students were officially welcomed into the profession as the Class of 2026, the 43rd class of veterinarians to be educated at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Date: Aug 26, 2022
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    Jeff Alexander (BS '94, DVM '98, PhD '15)
    Meet the New Alumni Board of Directors President, Jeff Alexander , article

    Earlier this year, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Alumni Board of Directors elected its next president, Jeff Alexander.

    Date: Aug 10, 2022
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    Three professional photos: One of Jennifer McQuiston, one of Caitlin Cossaboom, and one of Phil Sponenberg. They all smile and look into the camera.
    2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards , article

    The college announced the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award, the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award and an additional award, the Outstanding Faculty Alumni Award, given to a faculty member for their contributions to student and alumni education and mentorship.

    Date: Jun 28, 2022
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    VA-MD Vet Med alumni (clockwise from top left) Jody Kull ’04; Jennifer McQuiston ’93, ’97, ’98; Lindsey McCrickard Shields ’11; Betsy Schroeder ’16, ’20; and Jim Trybus ’04.
    Uniquely prepared for a pandemic , article

    From public health veterinarians and pathologists to veterinary epidemiologists and disease surveillance experts, VA-MD Vet Med's One Health-trained alumni have their boots on the ground in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Date: Dec 01, 2020