2015 Featured Story Archive

Focus on Faculty: Ludeman Eng
Focus on FacultyNovember 2015

Ludeman Eng is an associate professor of cell biology and anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, he earned both a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia. He has served roles as the head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, assistant dean for strategic innovations, and currently serves as the chair for the Department of Basic Sciences at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

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Where are They Now: Jessica Wootton, DVM ‘13
Alumni SpotlightNovember 2015

Although Jessica Wootton always hoped to be a veterinarian at some point in her career, she credits a less traditional route for helping her actually realize that goal.

Originally from Blackstone, Virginia, Wootton grew up working on a beef farm before attending Hollins University in Roanoke as an English and theatre major. After graduation, Wootton ended up working as a veterinary assistant at the NOVA Cat Clinic in Arlington and from there decided to attend the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine to get her doctor of veterinary medicine degree, first attending George Mason University to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology for her prerequisite courses.

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Fifteen students attend Ocean City veterinary conference
News FeatureAugust 28, 2015

Each year, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) hosts its annual conference in Ocean City, Maryland. Fortunately, students are able to attend this conference for almost free, thanks to generous sponsorship of the MVMA and Maryland Veterinary Foundation. This year, the student chapter was able to increase its conference presence with 15 students attending.

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Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine hosts Armenian officials
News FeatureAugust 28, 2015

The college’s Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine recently hosted the Armenian minister and deputy minister of agriculture in Washington, D.C. and Harrisonburg, Va. Valerie Ragan, director of the center, has had a long-standing partnership with the Armenian government to work on brucellosis control in the Eastern European country.

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Dr. Richard “Chip” Godine (DVM ’87) leads the way with veterinary laser therapy
Alumni SpotlightJune 2015

Dr. Richard “Chip” Godine might not have become a leading proponent of laser therapy in veterinary medicine had he not injured his shoulder in 2007. When Godine went to his family doctor to treat the injury, his physician recommended laser light therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. Amazed at the treatment’s effectiveness, he went to an international laser therapy conference in Toronto to learn more about this emerging modality.

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Veterinary Medicine Stamps Scholars Attend 2015 National Convention
News FeatureJune 19, 2015

When the college’s contingent of Stamps Leadership Scholars piled into their vehicles in April, their sights were set on Atlanta and the 2015 Stamps Scholars National Convention. The excitement of the nine graduate students and program leader Dr. Roger Avery was evident as they headed down Interstate 81.

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Reflections on the 2015 AAVMC Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium
Student SpotlightApril 2015

Every two years, the AAVMC hosts the Iverson Bell Symposium, held in conjunction with their Annual Conference. The symposium honors the late Dr. Iverson Bell, the first African-American veterinarian to hold the position of vice-president in the American Veterinary Medical Association, who left an outstanding legacy of leadership and contributions in promoting diversity in veterinary medicine. Full story

Focus on Faculty: Dr. Mark Freeman
Focus on FacultyApril 2015

“Dr. Mark Freeman is an assistant professor of community practice in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. He joined in the college in 2012 after serving in small animal surgery and medicine faculty positions at Ross University and Tuskegee University. Freeman completed a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehead State University and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Auburn University. He is board certified in canine and feline specialty by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.” Full story

Aspiring equine surgeon George Elane doubles as Graduate Life Center Fellow
Student SpotlightMarch 2015

George Elane is a vet student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and aspires to become an equine surgeon. He also serves as a GLC Fellow by planning events for GLC residents and fellow graduate students. Prior to his time in Blacksburg, George earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Auburn University in 2012. When not engrossed in his veterinary studies, he enjoys hiking, travel, playing piano, reading, spending time with friends and family, and watching Doctor Who. Full story

Focus on Faculty: Kerry Redican
Focus on FacultyJanuary 2015

“Kerry Redican is a professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and an associate director of the Master of Public Health program. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Long Beach, a Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Master of Public Health degree in health administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in health education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Redican also has a dual appointment as a professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.” Full story