2015 Featured Story Archive
Double vision: Twins Ann and Lydia Carpenter share first-year veterinary classes
Student Spotlight • November 2015
Twins Ann and Lydia Carpenter, first-year veterinary medicine students, knew from age 4 that they wanted to work with animals. Growing up in Arlington, Virginia, they credit their parents for instilling a sense of love and appreciation for animals at such a young age.
Focus on Faculty: Ludeman Eng
Focus on Faculty • November 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.
Where are They Now: Jessica Wootton, DVM ‘13
Alumni Spotlight • November 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.
Curtis, a Veterinary Teaching Hospital patient who snacked on a skewer, wins national competition
News Feature • October 30, 2015
A 5-year-old boxer with a habit of eating things he shouldn’t has won a national competition for the most unusual pet insurance claim after swallowing a wooden BBQ skewer and having it removed at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech nearly a year later.
Anna Katogiritis’ “once-in-a-lifetime” experience at the Jane Goodall Institute
News Feature • October 20, 2015
When Anna Katagiritis was volunteering at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Congo, she helped care for an 8-year-old chimp named “Podive” who remains close to her heart. Rescued at an early age, Podive, which means “trouble,” requires constant medical care because of a hepatitis B infection.
White-coat ceremony caps week-long orientation for Class of 2019
News Feature • August 28, 2015
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has welcomed 124 new students who will spend the next four years pursuing their dreams to become veterinarians.
Summer research program offers unique experiences for veterinary students
News Feature • August 28, 2015
This summer, 11 rising second- and third-year veterinary students explored possible careers in research thanks to a program that creates opportunities for students both during and after their professional training.
Fifteen students attend Ocean City veterinary conference
News Feature • August 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.
Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine hosts Armenian officials
News Feature • August 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.
Maryland veterinarian Dr. Chris Runde (DVM ’85) advances the profession through legislative efforts
Alumni Spotlight • July 2015
Veterinary law and its application are now an important part of Runde’s professional life as president of the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and a board of directors member for the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
Dr. Richard “Chip” Godine (DVM ’87) leads the way with veterinary laser therapy
Alumni Spotlight • June 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.
Veterinary Medicine Stamps Scholars Attend 2015 National Convention
News Feature • June 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.
Dr. Jessica Landa (DVM ’10) brings hands-on horse healing to central Florida
Alumni Spotlight • May 2015
Jessica Landa, DVM, ran her hands over a horse’s hip, trailing the anatomy carefully before inserting a thin needle. The horse didn’t flinch. She placed another. And another.
Acupuncture for horses.
Virginia-Maryland Veterinary College Names Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
News Feature • April 24, 2015
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has recognized two former students with its Outstanding Recent Alumni Award and inaugural Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award. Full story
Reflections on the 2015 AAVMC Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium
Student Spotlight • April 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 Faculty • April 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
College Alumni Recognized at Virginia Veterinary Conference
News Feature • March 31, 2015
Alumni of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine made a very strong showing at the 2015 Virginia Veterinary Conference held at the Hotel Roanoke in late February. Full story
Aspiring equine surgeon George Elane doubles as Graduate Life Center Fellow
Student Spotlight • March 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
Veterinary Medical Associations fund Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference Scholarships
News Feature • February 25, 2015
Veterinary medical associations in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. have joined forces to support students at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Full story
Elizabeth Wall combines veterinary medicine, Spanish skills on Bolivia mission trip
Student Spotlight • January 2015
Elizabeth Wall knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian since age 8, but it wasn’t until she was in high school that she learned about the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM). Her church gave an update about the work of a CVM fieldworker and she left the presentation feeling “amazed.” Full story
Focus on Faculty: Kerry Redican
Focus on Faculty • January 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