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Class Notes

  • Melissa Milstein, ’18 DVM, PhD student, assisted in the rescue of two dogs near Lake Elmo, Minn., over the winter and was honored for her outstanding actions by the Washington County Sheriff Department on April 19.

  • Christopher Deegan, ’18 DVM, recently started a new position as a veterinarian at Suidae Health and Production. 

    Issue: Fall 2018
  • Rachel Friese, ’18 DVM, started a new position as Veterinarian at Clear Lake Veterinary Clinic PC in South Dakota. 

    Issue: Fall 2018
  • Fernando Leite, ’18 PhD, moved to Duluth, Georgia, in May to start his new role as a technical manager at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. He is responsible for the technical oversight of three orally administered vaccines and the diseases they help prevent in swine. Two of the vaccines are to pathogens which were the focus of Leite’s PhD. 

    Issue: Fall 2018
  • Joe Hammes, ’18 DVM, got a job at Sunny Dene Ranch in Mabton, Wash.

  • Jing Du, ’17 PhD, is a postdoctoral scientist with Susan Quaggin, MD, at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.

  • Mikayla Schroeder, ’17 DVM, started a new position as surgical oncology intern at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

  • Zach Loppnow, ’17 DVM, recently accepted a job offer as an associate veterinarian with Anoka Equine Veterinary Services in Elk River, Minn.

  • In it’s February issue, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association highlighted equine researchers and practitioners who have recently garnered awards for their achievements. Out of the eight veterinary professionals, Sian Durward-Akhurst, BVMS, ’16 MS, a doctoral candidate in the Comparative and Molecular Biosciences graduate program, was featured for receiving the 2018 Equus Foundation Research Fellow grant of $5,000 for her research in equine genetics.

    Durward-Akhurst anticipates the completion of her PhD this fall. Her research is focused on identifying potential causative mutations for highly detrimental—likely Mendelian—diseases in horses by developing and using the first database of genetic variation across the equine population. The research aims to help veterinary professionals understand genetic variants and allow them to group genetically similar patients together. Durward-Akhurst is advised by Molly McCue, DVM, MS, PhD, professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine and interim associate dean for research.

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