CVM Reaches out to Puerto Rico
College of Veterinary Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
CVM Hosts Inaugural
Comparative Genomics Research
Summer 2008/Volume 10, Issue 4
A Work Of Heart
Word from the Dean the
Congratulations to the Class of 2008!
Summer 2008/Volume 10, Issue 4
College of Veterinary Medicine
MAY THE THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, AND WELL WISHES of the faculty and staff of Western University
Western University follow you throughout your career. We are proud of Health Sciences
of your accomplishments, and look forward with anticipation to your
future contributions to our profession. I would like to take this
Robert V. Mason, DVM, MS
opportunity to thank Dr. Patricia Olson, Director of the Morris
Animal Foundation, for her wonderful commencement message. firstname.lastname@example.org
The faculty have occupied the new Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center
and are making preparations for the new academic year. We are
looking forward to receiving the Class of 2012 and beginning
classroom activities in the new classrooms, laboratories, and hospital email@example.com
spaces. A VIP dinner and Grand Opening is planned for August 8 and 9 as part of convocation
We have received the final report of evaluation and statement of accreditation from the
American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. As a result of the review of firstname.lastname@example.org
the College’s report, the Council voted to grant the College Limited Accreditation for a period
not to exceed two years. Photographer:
We respect the decision of the COE and view the progression from Provisional Accreditation 909.469.5298
to Limited Accreditation as a positive development. We have begun to address the email@example.com
deficiencies noted in the report and plan to have most, if not all, addressed in time to report
the corrections in our annual report due January 2009. Graphic Designer:
We are confident in our ability to address each of the recommendations made on facilities. 909.469.5256
The Council has suggested we moderately increase our faculty and staff numbers. The firstname.lastname@example.org
College’s faculty ranks have grown by more than 25 percent over the past fiscal year, and we
anticipate an additional 10 percent growth in faculty numbers by June 2009, as well as an ------
increase in staff. The anticipated growth in faculty and staff numbers will better position the
College to continue its development of research. 309 E. Second St.
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that meets our founding principles and the standards for accreditation. Our designation as an www.westernu.edu/cvm
accredited institution remains intact. The College will seek re-evaluation in March 2009.
I want to take a moment to congratulate Drs. Miguel Saggese and Teresa Morishita for
organizing the first Avian Diseases and Conservation Conference, held May 29-31, 2008 on the n
A Work Of Heart
campus of WesternU. Attendees traveled internationally from Portugal and from throughout
the United States. By all accounts, the presentations were well received.We look forward to
One last thought...the College’s research program continues to expand, including an On The Cover
emphasis on student involvement. This has been CVM’s most successful year ever with A collage of the festivities enjoyed by all during the
3rd Annual CVM Open House on April 5, 2008.
regards to student initiated projects. CVM students received funding for 15 of 20 WesternU
Photos by Jess Lopatynski
Student Summer Research Grants awarded this year. Each student will receive a $2,000
stipend to work on their summer project. Additionally, students were also successful in
acquiring a grant through the Veterinary Research Fellowship program, and two grants
funded by the Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar Grant Program. I am so
proud of our students!
Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD
GRADS IN THE FIELD
We are pleased to introduce a new column, “Grads in The Field,” and encourage CVM alumni to email Outlook
editor Dr. Robert Mason (email@example.com) sharing experiences from their first year in practice.
“My first year out in practice has been challenging and lots of fun. I have learned such a great deal it is difficult
to know where to begin. I have been practicing in a private specialty hospital as an intern for this past year. I’ve
seen and managed many interesting cases, learned details about clinical small animal medicine, learned how to
be confident yet humble in front of clients, interacted with specialists in the top of their fields, and became close
friends with my internmates. I have been trying to adapt to the constantly morphing schedule of overnights to
days to overnights to days. There are smaller lessons that I’ve learned and lessons that I have yet to realize that I’ve learned. In
reflection, everyday is satisfying and I am thankful that I love what I have chosen to become.”
Michelle Schexneider, DVM
Southern California Veterinary Referral Group, Irvine, Calif.
Erin Cassiday, DVM ’10, received an externship award from the Student Summer Research Grants funded by the University this
American Association of Bovine Practitioners.The cash award is a year, fifteen of the Grants were awarded to CVM students—our
stipend to help to defray her costs this summer as she completes a most successful year to date. These 15 students combined with
food animal externship. the two CVM students who received research funding from the
n Morris Animal Foundation, makes a total of 17 CVM students who
will be working on their own funded research project this year.
Briana Mirchel, DVM ’09, Zarah Hedge, DVM ’09, and Dr.
Most impressive! Congratulations to each of the students and to
Maisie Dawes presented a workshop with Dr. Peggy Barr at
their research mentors for a job well done, and for representing
“Expanding Your Horizons” (EYH) at the University of San Diego
the College of Veterinary Medicine in this competition so very
April 19-20. EYH is a program for 6th-10th grade girls to help
introduce them to careers in science and engineering.
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, and
Congratulations to Darlene Sanchez, DVM ’09, who won first
the College of Veterinary Medicine,Western University of Health
place in the Toastmasters International Table Topics Speech
Sciences, have entered into an agreement for academic
Contest, Area Level, on March 15 in Redlands, Calif. and competed
collaboration to promote academic and research activities of the
at the Division Level on April 13 in Victorville, Calif.
respective institutions and to deepen the understanding of
research and academic potential in areas of mutual interest and
Dr. Kristopher Irizarry has been invited to present “Leveraging benefit. The veterinary exchange program may fund
Comparative Genomics to Infer Functional Consequences of Gene faculty/student activities in a variety of research/clinical activities
Expression Changes: Accelerating Microarray Discovery via at each college including joint research and continuing education
Phenomics Annotation” at the Integrative Data Analysis Meeting, programs. The five-year agreement was ratified by Yong Ho Park,
September 24-25, in Providence, RI. DVM, MS. PhD, Dean and Professor of the College of Veterinary
n Medicine, Seoul National University, and Phillip D. Nelson, DVM,
Dr. Malika Kachani spoke on Ectoparasites of small animals at PhD, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine,Western
the Animal Care Conference, April 7, in Anaheim, Calif. University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Kachani spoke to shelter veterinarians and conducted her n
presentation in a Problem Based Learning format, which generated Great big kudos to Dr. Ellen Collisson and
great discussion of the cases presented. Dr. Peggy Barr also her team of CVM collaborators (Drs. Maisie
spoke at the Animal Care Conference on April 6. The subject of Dawes, Yvonne Drechsler, Kristopher J.
her presentation was “Investigating and Controlling Feline Viral Irizarry, Miguel Saggese, and Susan
Disease Outbreaks.” Tkalcic) on the funding of her USDA
n grant entitled “Impact of immune response
Congratulations to all CVM students (see Research in Brief, of chickens with defined B haplotypes on
pg. 11) who received funding of their WesternU Student Summer resistance to respiratory coronavirus
Research Grant Applications! Read about these students and their infection.” The funding is for three years with a
research projects in this issue’s Research in Brief. Out of twenty total of $375,000 (total cost).
to Puerto Rican
IN FEBRUARY, DR. ROBERT MASON, Associate Dean for Clinical &
External Relations at the College of Veterinary Medicine, was
invited to visit St. George’s University School of Veterinary
Medicine in Grenada,West Indies to make a presentation. Dr.
Mason delivered his presentation,“New Approaches to Clinical
Training & Assessment of Mastery: The WesternU Model,” to programs, I came across Western University of Health Sciences.
Deans and Associate Deans from colleges that are affiliates of I had never heard about the university before, but I wanted to
St. George’s University, and which take students from the off- find out more about it. After exploring their website and
shore schools. learning about the variety of opportunities they
offered, something told me that WesternU was something
Dr. Mason was also invited to speak to pre-veterinary students
special. I was captivated by the founding principles of the
at the Mayguez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, a
college and by the diverse faculty. Now I am part of the
stopover on the way to Grenada. More than 60 students
WesternU family and it has been a
attended to hear Dr. Mason describe the
wonderful, life-changing experience.
College of Veterinary Medicine
The PBL program allows you to learn
curriculum at WesternU.
without limits and to interact with your
A graduate of the University of Puerto peers in a very profound way. The faculty
Rico is currently in his first year of studies members are extremely competent,
at WU-CVM. Kenneth Aponte, DVM ’11, approachable and more than your
was educated at the Mayaguez campus professors, they become your friends. I am
before being accepted at WU-CVM. extremely happy with my decision to come
Kenneth shared the interesting story of to WesternU and I would like to encourage
how he discovered Western University of anyone with the dream of becoming a
Mr. Kenneth Aponte,
Health Sciences. right in his PBL veterinarian to become part of our family
group. because it is a unique experience.”
“About two years ago I decided to start
my search for a veterinary medicine Dr. Mason responded to many questions
school, but I was looking for something more than just a good from students at the Mayaguez campus, and generated much
education. I was looking for a university where I could grow interest in the program at WU-CVM. He concluded,“I hope
as an individual, apply my previous skills and acquire a high more students from Puerto Rico follow Mr. Aponte’s lead and
quality education. After reviewing the websites of many make the College of Veterinary Medicine at WesternU their first
universities and contacting them to learn more about their choice for a veterinary education.”
First Avian Conference Soars at CVM
THE FIRST AVIAN DISEASES AND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE, held May The Conference delivered new information on infectious,
29-31, 2008, at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Western toxicological and nutritional diseases in free-ranging and captive
University of Health Sciences, drew more than 85 birds as they relate to their conservation, and provided networking
participants representing veterinarians, ornithologists, opportunities for avian health professionals.Topics ranged from the
conservationists, zoo keepers, rehabilitators, role of birds as biosentinels to avian zoonoses to genetic disorders
aviculturists, wildlife managers and park in the California Condor.
rangers with a special interest in avian
The Conference kicked off with an opening welcome dinner at the
conservation and diseases.
Los Angeles Zoo and participants made a farewell visit to the
The inaugural Conference was organized International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro, Calif.
by CVM faculty members Miguel
Saggese, DVM, MS, PhD,Assistant
Exotic, and Wildlife Medicine, and Teresa Featured Speakers:
Morishita, DVM, PhD, Professor, Poultry Medicine
& Food Safety.
Dr. Patrick Redig, DVM, PhD, Dr. Arno Wunschmann, DVM, Dr.
Attendees traveled from Portugal and throughout Professor, CVM, University of med-vet, Associate Professor, CVM,
the United States to attend presentations by Minnesota University of Minnesota
internationally renowned authorities, including Dr. Ian Tizard, BVMS, PhD, Dr. H. Shivaprasad, BVSc, PhD,
keynote speakers Dr. Patrick Redig, co-founder and Professor, Schubot Exotic Bird Dipl.ACPV, Professor, University
director of The Raptor Center at University of Minnesota, and Health Center, CVM, Texas A&M of California - Fresno
Dr. Ian Tizard, Professor of Pathobiology and holder of the Dr.Andrew Pumerantz, DO, PhD,
Richard M. Schubot Chair in Avian Health at Texas A&M University. Dr. Cynthia Stringfield, DVM, Associate Professor, COMP,
Dr. Redig is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on America's Teaching Zoo Western University of Health
Veterinarian, Moorpark College Sciences
raptor diseases, medicine and surgery. Dr.Tizard is the author of the
standard text on veterinary immunology, now in its eighth edition. Dr. Janna Wynne, DVM, Associate Dr. Pamela Govett, DVM, Dipl.
Veterinarian, Los Angeles Zoo ACZM, CVM, Western University
and Botanical Gardens of Health Sciences
Mrs. Suzie Kasielke, MS, Curator Dr. Janis Joslin, DVM, Professor,
of Birds, Los Angeles Zoo and CVM, Western University of
Botanical Gardens Health Sciences
Top right, Dr. Miguel Saggese, Dr.Teresa Morishita, DVM, MPVM, Dr.Yvonne Drechsler, PhD,
center left, Susie Kasielke, Curator MS, PhD, DACPV, Professor, CVM, Assistant Professor, CVM, Western
of Birds, Los Angeles Zoo makes a Western University of Health University of Health Sciences
presentation, bottom right, Dean Sciences
Phillip Nelson at right samples Dr Elizabeth Rega, MA, PhD,
items from the dinner buffet. Dr. Ellen Collisson, PhD, Professor, Professor, COMP, Western
CVM, Western University of University of Health Sciences
Mr. John Aikins, Director of
Dr.Tracey McNamara, DVM, Dipl. Conservation, San Francisco Zoo
ACVP, Professor, CVM, Western
University of Health Sciences Dr. Heather Nevill, DVM, Associate
Professor, CVM, Western
Dr. Miguel D. Saggese, DVM, MS, University of Health Sciences
PhD, Assistant Professor, CVM,
Western University of Health Dr. Felipe Marthino, DVM,
Sciences Universidad Lusifona de
Humanidades e Tecnologia,
Dr. Robert Dalhaussen, DVM, MS, Portugal
Veterinary Molecular Diagnosis,
Dr. Suzana Tkalcic, DVM, PhD,
Assistant Professor, CVM, Western
University of Health Sciences
Draws Record Crowd
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s third annual Open House, held on April 5, 2008, welcomed more than 500 Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies, as well as middle school and high school students, their parents, and
friends from communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Attendance at this annual community-wide educational event has steadily increased each year. Low cost pet
micro-chipping, tips on pet care, animal learning exhibits, information on how to become a veterinarian, and of course
food, drinks, and ice cream, combined with perfect Southern California weather, drew a record-breaking 2008 crowd.
Daniele and her cat “Squidee”
with the cat tree they won at the
CVM Open House.
My Cat Squidee
One of my best friends is my cat, Squidee. She is a gray, white, and
black tabby. I got her when I was three. I begged my dad to get me a
cat because we had a previous cat before that disappeared.
When Squidee was three months old a terrible accident occurred.
I was leaving to go to preschool. The cat was sitting on top of the
opened garage door. Not knowing she was up there we closed the
garage door. When we came home that evening we found her inside
the garage in shock. We took her into the vet to see what we could do
to help because her leg was completely flat. The vet ended up
amputating her left back leg saying that she was so young she would Congratulations to CVM students clubs, faculty and staff for their outstanding
not even miss it. When it was all over and she healed she was as
happy as a child on Christmas Day.
work, and thank you to the following donors for their support.
Now she is seven. She will be eight on April 15th 2008. She inspired Bayer Animal Health Global Dosimetry Nestle Purina Pet Care
me to not be scared when something bad happens. When her leg was Brianne E. Brockmeier, Hill’s Pet Nutrition Royal Canin
flattened by the garage, she did not give up. She can run up a tree DVM 2009 Drs. Gary and Mr. Gary and
and climb up a brick wall just as well as any other four legged cat. She Wendell Cole, DVM Shirley Johnston Dr. Peggy Schmidt
is always happy and purring no matter what. She helped me to not be Costco Los Angeles Zoo Scrubby Puppy
scared when “monsters” were in my closet. When I had a nightmare,
I held her so tight. She is one of the best cats you could have.
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We love each other so much. She will let you do anything to her. If you Fort Dodge Animal Health Mimi’s Café Ms. Annaluz Wilton
pull her tail she will just lick you. She is the most well behaved cat I
have ever seen. I hope she will inspire you just like she inspired me.
Curtis Eng, DVM, Chief Veterinarian
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
MY LOVE FOR THE EXOTICS came as a result The WesternU Preceptor Program was
of the endless badgering of my parents to one of the factors that attracted me to
watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild the LA Zoo position. Having had the
Kingdom. I thought for sure I’d be Jim benefit of some very good mentors in
jumping out of the helicopter and landing my past, I have strived to serve in the
on that Cape buffalo. But alas I found out same capacity. Being able to provide
that Jim suffers from severe chronic pain advice and guidance, not only
associated with those daring episodes so regarding clinical issues, but more
I refocused my goals onto something importantly on career and life issues
more practical and less painful. is an invaluable experience for me.
These students come in with
Becoming a veterinarian has been
wonderfully idealistic attitudes about
challenging for me given the disdain that
what veterinary medicine is about, as
my parents had for animals. Growing up
they should. My goal is to preserve
in Washington, D.C. (a place with no
that passion for the profession, but
cows, pigs or sheep, I point out) and in a
provide a dose of realism that will
mammal-free environment (yes, I could
soften the impact of reality on them
have the proverbial goldfish which I
once they graduate. Regardless of the
cajoled my parents into expanding to
life stage at which students come to
some 10 tanks scattered around the
us veterinarians, I believe it is
homestead), I lived vicariously through all
important for us to serve as role
my friends who had cats, dogs, gerbils and the whole gamut of
models and sources of information/inspiration for these
pets. Nevertheless I persevered, obtaining my veterinary degree
from Purdue University. I almost became an honorary Hoosier
by staying in Indiana for 12 years post graduation. Starting with Although our goal at the Zoo is not to convert students into
a small animal/exotic practice where I stayed for seven years zoo veterinarians, many students find it appealing, but believe
while volunteering one day a week at the Lincoln Park Zoo the field is far too competitive for them to enter. I agree it is an
(Chicago, Ill.), I moved on to a small zoo in South Bend, Ind. extremely competitive field, but I remind them that they’ve
serving as their Assistant Director/Staff Veterinarian. Following already jumped the biggest hurdle of their careers by getting
the advice of John Soule’s famous quote,“Go West, young into veterinary school. Becoming a zoo veterinarian takes just a
man….” I packed my bags for Phoenix, Ariz. to become chief little more effort but is easily within their grasps. My goal is to
veterinarian for their Zoo, followed by further westerly travels make sure they grasp those opportunities wherever they are.
to Los Angeles where I currently serve in the same capacity.
Why I Don’t Want to Leave the
College of Veterinary Medicine
10. I don’t know how to do anything else anymore.
By Sara Stoll, DVM ’08
4. I am afraid that no one will ever push us quite as hard or believe in us as much
as Pep or Dr. J or any of our beloved faculty have.
9. We won’t be able to say “I’ll go ask the doctor.”
3. I am quite certain that I will never be able to organize my life as well as Anna
8. No more free VIN membership. and Renee have organized it the past 4 years.
7. I no longer have the attention span to do the same job for 2. We’ll never be able to come back to campus after a long adventure in veterinary
more than four weeks at a time. medicine, to find your classmates and faculty welcoming you with open arms.
6. I’m really going to miss disbursement day. 1. And the number one reason I don’t want vet school to end is that we have to go
5. We will never ever be able to pay back the debt that we owe. our separate ways. The best thing about going to vet school at WesternU has
Not just the money, but the overwhelming debt that we all always been the people. And I know that I will never feel as much a part of any
owe to friends and family who’ve kept us going along the way. team or community as I do right now.
CVM Student Profiles - Class of 2011
I was born and raised in Sacramento, Originally from North Carolina, I received
California and earned a BA in integrative my BS in biology and psychology in 2003
biology from UC Berkeley in 2003. Lived in from Warren Wilson College in Asheville,
the Bay Area for four years where I worked in North Carolina. After working for two
private practice and at the University of years in Northern California I moved to
California, San Francisco. My main interests NYC where I received an MS in biology
are laboratory animal and primate medicine, from NYU. Currently my interests are in
Nick Reyes but I enjoy working with all species. Hughes Sanders small animal surgery and internal medicine.
I’ve lived all over! From Minnesota, to I was born and raised in Southern California.
Massachusetts,Vermont and now California! I earned my BS degree from Cal Poly,
I have a BS in animal science from the University San Luis Obispo in dairy science, and my MS
of Vermont. I was a certified dog trainer and vet from UC Davis concentrating in ruminant
tech before being accepted into WesternU. I’ve nutrition. In the future, I would like to focus
enjoyed dairy, behavior and small animal work my career in the area of food animal
so I don’t know what I want to be when I grow medicine/research and I am thrilled to
up, besides a veterinarian of course! Rebecca Sevy become part of the WesternU community. Matt Singer
I have lived in the Tampa Bay area since I I was born and raised in San Mateo,
was eight. I received my AS in veterinary California and graduated from UC
technology, and my BS in biomedical Davis in 2006 with a BS in animal
sciences from the University of San science. My focus is mainly on small
Francisco. I am a certified veterinary animal medicine and surgery, and I
technician for the past nine years as well hope to use my skills as a veterinarian
as a server for the past eleven. both in the United States and abroad.
Jason Steenis Tiffany Stillian
I’ve spent my entire life in Florida; my first I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea
trip to the west coast was for my interview. until 1992.Then, I lived in various cities
I have fallen in love with this medicine, and in southern California such as Rancho
plan to specialize in small animal surgery, Cucamonga and Torrance. I graduated
although I enjoy emergency medicine as from CSULA with a BS in biology. I am
well. I enjoy canoeing, reading, sewing, ready to explore my life at WesternU to
football, and ice cream. :) reach my goal to become a veterinarian!
Jennifer Stonequist Da Yoon Sung
Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in I spent my undergrad years studying
Southern California, I graduated from UCLA large animals and assisting at a vet
in 2002 with two BAs: one in clinic. I also enjoy art, comics, and like
communication studies and one in any SoCal girl, I also surf, snowboard
psychology. Before committing to veterinary and read trashy gossip magazines. If you
medicine, I worked in entertainment public see a red Honda screaming around a
relations. I am interested in both aquatic corner, run, because that’s probably me.
Diane Tang and zoo/exotic animal medicine. Alyson Tani
CVM Student Profiles - Class of 2011
I was born and raised in Louisville, I grew up in southeast Colorado, earned
Kentucky. I graduated from the University my BS in biology and MS in ruminant
of Kentucky and received a BS in animal nutrition from Colorado State University.
sciences and a biology minor. I have My husband and I are both attending
dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since WesternU, and have two chesapeakes
I was a young boy and I’m interested in named Rolly and Ellie. My primary interests
small animal and avian medicine. are food animal and small animal medicine.
Matthew Thompson Nicole Trainor
Greetings from the Jersey Shore! I’m a I received my bachelor’s degree in animal
Rutgers University graduate and an science with an emphasis in equine
aspiring performance horse veterinarian. science from University of California,
I worked at Monmouth Park Racetrack for Davis. I was employed as a veterinary
four years with thoroughbred race horses technician at the equine hospitals on the
and I own my own horse that I compete race tracks. I’m honored to be a part of
in eventing and dressage. WesternU family.
Tiffany Trotter Karura Watanabe
I was born in Orlando, Florida. I was born and raised in Honolulu,
I graduated from the University of Florida Hawaii. I obtained a bachelor’s
with a BS in microbiology and entomology. It degree in zoology and a master’s
has been my lifelong desire to be a DVM. degree in animal sciences from the
I plan to focus on small animals, and have an University of Hawaii at Manoa. My
interest in pathology. I hope to eventually current interests are aquatic and
have my own clinic and sanctuary. small animal medicine.
Michael Whaley Lei Yamasaki
I’ve spent my whole life in SoCal and I was born in Korea and moved to Los
graduated from California State Polytechnic Angeles, California in 1991. I attended
University, Pomona in 2005 with a BS in UC Davis and obtained a BS in animal
animal science. My passion is small animal science. I am interested in veterinary
medicine though I also have interests in acupuncture and laboratory animal
surgery and exotic/zoo medicine. I am medicine. I have six dogs, two cats,
honored to be a part of WesternU. and several farm animals.
Marina Yamate Jae Yoo
I was born and raised in San Diego, I am from Newburyport, Massachusetts born
California. I graduated from Cal Poly, San and raised. I graduated from the University
Luis Obispo with a BS in animal science. of Massachusetts of Amherst in 2005
I have been passionate about horses my majoring in pre-vet. I took the last two years
whole life and hope to have my own of to work in a small animal clinic in Boston
equine practice. My interests include while volunteering with everything from
riding horses and hiking with my dogs. horses to penguins in my free time.
Sarah Zelonis Jonathan Zuker
CVM Faculty Profiles
MIGUEL D. SAGGESE, DVM, MS, PhD, was born JENNIFER L. BUUR, DVM, PhD, Diplomate
and raised in Buenos Aires,Argentina. He of the American College of Veterinary
obtained his veterinary degree at University of Clinical Pharmacology, joined Western
Buenos Aires and worked in Argentina for University of Health Sciences in July
many years in small animal practice as well in 2007 as Assistant Professor of
avian, exotic and wildlife medicine before Pharmacology. Beyond bringing her
coming to the U.S. He chose his career well expertise in clinical and basic
before finishing high school, coincidently with pharmacology, Dr. Buur also brings a
the start of another of his great passions: diversity of experience including small
ornithology, birds of prey and wildlife animal private practice, exotic animal
MIGUEL D. SAGGESE Jennifer L. Buur
conservation. During the early years at vet practice, wildlife rehabilitation, zoo and
school, Dr. Saggese conducted biological shelter medicine. She currently serves as
studies on Harpy eagles in the northeastern Argentine forests and a PBL facilitator, discipline content expert in pharmacology, module
Patagonian raptors in southern Argentina. Given his studies and interests leader, and 4th year rotation administrator. She is also the College
in ornithology, infectious diseases, wildlife conservation and veterinary of Veterinary Medicine’s faculty representative on the Institutional
medicine, his path in this career was clearly early determined. Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at WesternU.
After working for many years as a veterinarian in his country, in 2001 Dr. Buur was born and raised a few miles from campus in Upland,
Dr. Saggese migrated to the U.S. to start his master’s in avian infectious Calif. She has subsequently pursued a career of being an out of
diseases and a residency program in avian medicine, rehabilitation, state student starting with the completion of her pre-veterinary
anesthesia and orthopedic surgery at The Raptor Center - University of course work at Washington State University in Pullman,Wash.,
Minnesota. During his tenure in Minnesota Dr. Saggese saw the terrible continuing with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 from
effects of West Nile virus on bald eagles, great horned owls and many the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and ending with the dual
other species of raptors admitted at this center and affected by this residency in veterinary clinical pharmacology (completed in 2006)
virus. Seeing the pain and suffering of these birds helped him to decide and Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Biomedical Sciences
his master research project: investigate the efficacy of three different (completed in 2007) at North Carolina State University in
West Nile virus vaccines in avian models. Raleigh, N.C.
Shortly after finishing his master’s degree (two days after, the time
Dr. Buur’s research interest is in comparative pharmacokinetics.
needed to drive from Minnesota to Texas along Hwy 35!) Dr. Saggese
Current research studies include the description of the
and his family moved to Texas A&M University. His new home was the
pharmacokinetics of a variety of drugs used in exotic animals such
Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center-College of Veterinary Medicine,
as ceftazidime in Koi and in the genetic basis for adverse drug
where he obtained his PhD in veterinary microbiology investigating the
reactions in canine cancer patients. Dr. Buur’s overall focus is on
molecular epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of avian
the applications of physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK)
mycobacteriosis. His current research interests range from investigating
models to problems encountered in veterinary medicine. Her
the role that diseases and environmental pollutants have on the
research goal is to use these models to improve the individual
endangered South American crowned eagle populations and osprey
dosing of patients receiving chemotherapeutic agents.
migration to the southern hemisphere to investigate the molecular
epidemiology of avian tuberculosis and the use of avian models for Beyond her research goals and passion for teaching rational drug
studying mycobacterial infections in humans and domestic animals. use, Dr. Buur also has an active interest in cycling. She currently
Dr. Saggese joined the College of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant commutes via her bicycle twice a week and has a goal of
professor of avian, exotic and wildlife medicine and veterinary commuting every day by this fall when the weather will be cooler.
microbiology in August 2007. He enjoys working with students,
especially during PBL sessions where he can watch them learn and
progress day after day. He is actively involved in several organizations
like the Raptor Research Foundation, Association of Avian Veterinarians
and the Eagle Conservation Alliance, among others.
He lives with his wife, Stella, a psychologist, and Misha, a 5-year-old
tricolored female cat in Los Angeles, but they are currently considering
moving closer to WesternU. He has one son, Renzo (22), currently
studying law school and anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires
in Argentina. Birding in Californian beaches and mountains, playing
electric guitar with his friends, collecting books about raptors and
traveling with his wife along the U.S. (has visited 37 states already) are
his main hobbies.
Josep Rutllant, DVM, PhD for veterinary students with an interest in biomedical research. The main
Associate Professor, Anatomy focus is on laboratory research and comparative pathology.
Dr. Rutllant’s research goal has been to develop an Kimberly Bridges, DVM ’11, and Alice D’Amore, DVM ’11, were awarded
understanding of sperm transport in female genitalia stipends by the Morris Animal Foundation’s Veterinary Student Scholars
and events related to fertilization for domestic Program. The Program provides veterinary students an opportunity to
livestock species. Mechanisms involved in successful become involved in short-term clinical or basic veterinary research that
sperm transport and fertilization may then be utilized enhances the health and welfare of companion animals and wildlife.
to understand why fertilization failure occurs and to answer unpredictable
problems of sub-fertility and infertility.This information is also critical for CONGRATULATIONS to the following CVM students who successfully
the development of new contraceptive technologies and new approaches pursued WesternU Student Summer Research Grants for summer 2008.
to provide accurate systems of estrus detection. A better knowledge of the Leah Baksh, DVM ’10: Survey of Endoparasites and Ectoparasites in the
required processes involved in sperm physiology that are necessary for Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizzii)
fertilization, such as epididymal maturation and sperm capacitation, can
help us find unknown answers to problems of infertility and improve the Jennifer Boardman, DVM ’11: Morphometric Study of Gastrointestinal
methodology for male genome preservation. Nematodes of California Sea Lions
Congratulations to Dr. Carmen Fuentealba, former CVM faculty member Brandon Boren, DVM ’10: Radiographic Atlas of the California Sea Lion
(now at University of Calgary), current CVM Associate Dean Robert (Zalophus californianus)
Mason, and University Vice President of Advancement Dr. Shirley Tamera Chan, DVM ’11: Experimental Assays in Assessing Presence of REV
Johnston, on publication of their paper: Fuentealba C, Mason RV, Johnston Specific IgY in the Attwater Prairie Chicken
SD: Community-based clinical veterinary education at Western University
of Health Sciences. J Vet Med Educ 35(1):34-42, 2008. Gabrielle Galgoul, DVM ’11: Identification of Cancer Associated Canine
Genomic Intervals Using Bioinformatics and Comparative Genomics
“A novel approach to documentation and tracking of clinical skills
acquisition by veterinary students.” was presented at a poster presentation Erin Goodwin, DVM ’09: Measuring Oxidative Stress and Protein
by Dr. Wendell Cole and Dr. Peggy Schmidt for the Association of Nitrosylation after Exposure to Methamphtamine in FIV Infected Astrocytes
American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Educational Symposium in Brett Grossman, DVM ’11:An Epidemiology Survey of Papilloma Virus in
Washington, D.C. on March 13-17, 2008. captive Snow Leopards in North American Zoos
Dr. Maisie Dawes made a presentation entitled,“Biosecurity and the Audrey Hoholm, DVM ’11: Statistical Analysis of SNPs in Linkage
Caprine Producer,” at Tuskegee University’s 43rd Annual Veterinary Medical
Disequilibrium Inheritance with Oncogenes in the Domestic Dog
Symposium held March 26-29, 2008.
Kelly Hughes, DVM ’11: Clinical and Pathologic Findings of Feline Renal
Dr. Miguel Saggese presented “Survey of Lead Toxicosis in Free-Ranging
Shut Down: Initial Description of a Unique Lesion
Raptors from Central Argentina,” at the Ingestion of Lead Spent
Ammunition: Impacts on Wildlife and Humans Conference convened by Jessica Jennings, DVM ’10:A Comparison Between Dry Cow Management
The Peregrine Fund in Boise, Idaho on May 12-15, 2008. in Southern California and New Zealand and its Impact on Hypocalcemia
Dr. Teresa Morishita and Mr. Jonathan Padilla will offer a poster Avery Krein, DVM ’11: Pharmacokinetics of Ceftazidime in koi (Cyprinus
presentation,“Comparative Microbiological Ecology of the Intestines in carpio) after Single Dose Intramuscular or Intracoelomic Administration
Poultry Species,” at the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual
Convention in New Orleans, July 18-23, 2008. Jessica Robin Leach: Histological Investigation of the Skin Vasculature of
Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) and their Possible Roles in
Dr. Carlos Crocker will make a poster presentation: Portz, D.E. and Thermoregulation
Crocker, C.E.,“Holding-duration-associated stress of Green Sturgeon
(Acipenser medirostris) at South Delta Fish Collection Facilities, Vanessa Rizzo, DVM ’10: Ice as an Enrichment Device in Swine
California,” at the American Fisheries Society Meeting in Portland, OR in Diane Hazel Go Tang, DVM ’11: Survey of Medical Problems in Captive
July 2008. Snow Leopards at North American Zoos Prior to 2003
Noah Pavlisko, DVM ’10, has been selected for the summer Veterinary Jae Yoo, DVM ’11: Genetic Variation of Serotonin Transporter Gene in
Research Fellowship program at MIT, an NIH-funded summer externship Humans and Dogs
Four CVM Students Conduct Research
in Comparative Genomics
UNDERSTANDING HOW MAMMALIAN GENOMES ENCODE PHENOTYPES Asked about the capacity of veterinary
such as physiological processes, behavior, morphological students to engage in such cutting edge
characteristics and clinically relevant traits is extremely genomics research, Dr. Irizarry stated,“Our
important in order to advance human and veterinary veterinary students are uniquely suited to
medicine. The sequencing of multiple mammalian genomes independent research projects and many can
makes it possible to explore the genetic basis of these function at the level of graduate students in a
phenotypes in both animals and humans using bioinformatics biomedical PhD program. One of the strengths
and comparative genomics approaches. of a ‘problem based learning curriculum’ is that it
produces students who are highly capable of
Four students from Western University of Health Sciences identifying problems and solving them–exactly the
College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) have begun traits desired in a genomics researcher. Not only
independent comparative genomics research projects under will these students enjoy working in comparative
the guidance of an interdisciplinary team of researchers genomics, they will likely make novel
comprised of Dr. Kristopher Irizarry, Assistant Professor of discoveries, contribute real genomics data and
Bioinformatics, Genetics and Genomics, CVM; Dr. Peggy hopefully author a publication based on their
Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Population Medicine, CVM; research.”
and Dr. Katherine Mitsouras, Assistant Professor of
Biochemistry, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific,
Western University of Health Sciences.
Kristopher Irizarry Peggy Schmidt Katherine Mitsouras
The unique expertise of the faculty coupled with the four self-directed and
motivated students has contributed to some truly exciting student projects this
• identifying regions of the canine genome associated with susceptibility to cancer
(Gabrielle Galgoul, DVM ’11),
• analysis of canine genetic variation contributing to altered protein structure and
function (Audrey Hoholm, DVM ’11),
• characterizing genetic variation in genes encoding neurotransmitter receptors in
both human and canine genomes associated with anxiety related behavior
(Jae Yoo, DVM ’11) and
• investigating genetic variation and diversity within enzymes involved in
glycolysis across animal genomes (Matthew Singer, DVM ’11).
Post Grad 2008 Plans
NAME IMMEDIATE FUTURE PLAN NAME IMMEDIATE FUTURE PLAN
1) Emily Angell.......................Internship, VCA South Shore, Weymouth, MA 43) Alayson Phelps .................Internship, Angell Memorial, Boston, MA
2) Alicia Bauchman ................Internship-University of Illinois-Food Animal Medicine 44) Jill Pindar...........................Internship, Encina Veterinary Hospital, Walnut Creek, CA
3) Jenny Bennett ...................Associate, Triangle Veterinary Hospital, Durham, NC 45) Beth Pintzow ....................Associate, Rolling Hills Animal Hospital, Rolling Hills, CA
4) Colleen Brown...................Undecided at this time 46) Mia Provost ......................Undecided at this time
5) Daisy Burns .......................Undecided at this time 47) David Robertson...............Internship, equine theriogenolog, Arizona
6) Paula Capurro ...................Associate, small animal practice, Santa Rosa, CA 48) Kelly Robertson ................Associate, mixed practice, Jackson County Animal Clinic, Seymour, IN
7) Kamaryn Casey.................Associate, Rose City Veterinary Hospital, Pasadena, CA 49) Erika Roldan ......................Internship-Bay Area Veterinary Specialists, San Leandro, CA
8) Liana Chang .......................Associate, Wegert Scholar, Banfield the Pet Hospital, Upland, CA 50) Sarah Sacco .......................Internship, VCA West LA, Los Angeles, CA
9) Michel Choi ........................Associate, Tustin Avenue Veterinary Hospital, Orange, CA 51) Julia Schoellenbach ...........Undecided at this time-will be in the Temecula area, CA
10) Shelby Costin ....................Internship, California Veterinary Specialists, San Marcos, CA 52) Jennifer Schmigdal............Associate, Banfield the Pet Hospital, Ontario, CA
11) Tara Cotraneo....................Residency, Lab Animal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 53) Gregory Shukhman...........Associate, Banfield Charter Hospital, San Bernardino, CA
12) Danielle Desjardins...........Residency-Anatomic Pathology-Michigan State University, Lansing 54) Jesse Sinkowski................Undecided, equine practice-Pacific Northwest
13) Martha Diaz ......................Residency-UCLA-Lab Animal Medicine 55) Mary Siri............................Undecided, small animal practice, Santa Cruz, CA
14) Megan Dispenza ...............Associate, Wegert Scholar, Banfield the Pet Hospital, Mira Loma, CA 56) Meg Sislak.........................Internship-Equine practice, Virginia
15) Heather Elliott...................Internship-Advanced Veterinary Care-Lawndale, CA 57) Andrea Smith ....................Associate, small animal practice, Sherman Oaks, CA
16) Cassandra Erickson...........Internship, VCA Albuquerque, NM 58) Crystal Souza....................Associate, equine practice, Goldsby, OK
17) Kelly Everson ....................Undecided at this time 59) Sara Stoll...........................Undecided at this time
18) Ryan Folse.........................Undecided at this time 60) Lauren Swank ...................Associate, mixed practice, Cervids/exotic hoofstock, LA
19) Carolyn Foster...................Associate, Banfield the Pet Hospital, Rancho Cordova, CA 61) Colleen Tansey ..................Internship, So. California Veterinary Referral Group, Irvine, CA
20) Mitchell Fults.....................Internship, California Veterinary Specialists, San Marcos, CA 62) Melissa Thompson ............Associate, Wegert Scholar, Banfield, the Pet Hospital, Fontana
21) Nathan Fynaardt...............Internship, VCA Sacramento, CA 63) Laura Tucker ......................Associate, Cheshire Cat Hospital, Westminster, CO
22) Eva Ganz............................Internship-Animal Specialty Group-Los Angeles 64) Naomi Urbina ....................Associate, Banfield the Pet Hospital, San Diego, CA
23) Mauricio Guaysamin.........Internship, VCA Hotel Circle, San Diego, CA 65) Sarah Vineyard .................Undecided, small animal practice, San Diego, CA
24) Janie Guirguis ...................Associate, small animal practice-Southern California 66) Ann Vitti ............................Undecided, small animal practice, Southern California
25) Miriam Harvey..................Associate, Wegert Scholar, Banfield the Pet Hospital, Fontana 67) Kristin Wakamatsu...........Internship, So. California Veterinary Referral Group, Irvine, CA
26) Hiroko Hata.......................Internship, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, AZ 68) Sarah Whitol .....................Internship, VCA Sacramento, CA
27) Chrissy Heathcock ............Associate, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington D.C. 69) Jonathan Williams ............Associate, small animal practice, Portland, OR
28) Cynthia Hervatic...............Internship-Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group-Ventura, CA 70) Connie Wu..........................Internship, So. California Veterinary Referral Group, Irvine, CA
29) Stephen Hodgeson............Associate, small animal practice, Moreno Valley, CA 71) Tracy Yen ...........................Internship, VCA West LA, Los Angeles, CA
30) Daniel Jankovits ...............Internship, Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles
31) Roxanna Khorzad.............Internship-Angell Memorial, Boston, MA
32) Terrance Krentz.................Internship-Bay Area Veterinary Specialists, San Leandro, CA
33) Sara Lee.............................Undecided, Avian practice, Bay Area, Northern California
34) Deena Leong......................Associate, small animal practice, Southern California Associates.....................18/71 = 24%
35) Dennis Loveless ................Undecided at this time-eventually, equine practice in Hawaii
Banfield .........................8/71 = 11%
36) Lucia Machine....................Associate, Brookswood Veterinary Hospital, Langley, BC, Canada
37) Genevieve Mak.................Internship, California Animal Hospital, Los Angeles, CA Internships ...................28/71 = 42%
38) Amy McGee .......................Associate, small animal/exotic practice-location unknown Residencies ....................3/71 = 4%
Undecided ....................14/71 = 18%
39) Dana Miller........................Undecided at this time
40) Miranda Noseck................Internship, New England Equine Medical & Surgical Center, Dover, NH
41) Carolyn Olech ....................Associate, small animal practice, Northern Virginia,
42) Jeremy O’Neil ...................Internship, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ
Always In Our Hearts: Stories from the WAVE Program
By Anna Pavlov, PhD
Leah stood out in a crowd with her large frame,
white fur, blue eyes and highly social nature.
Unlike most cats who cower when the doorbell
rings or someone new is over, Leah was right
there, up close and personal! A friend and
former neighbor who “cat sat” for me called her
“the greeter.” I have many a picture of her on
someone’s lap. Leah was fearless in many ways.
I admired her sense of self-importance and “guts” to insert herself into situations. It always made me laugh to watch her.
I would feel proud, too, that she busted cat stereotypes of aloofness.
On Leah’s last day with me, I had just returned from a conference. Leah was clearly not herself and appeared to have difficulty
breathing. Dr. Postel was the wonderful veterinarian who examined her. She put Leah’s films up for viewing and showed us
her midsection with organs not able to be visualized. She told us there was a large mass in her liver that had ruptured. That
was very unusual for cats. The unusual part of Leah’s condition triggered my thought about “donating her body to science,”
to veterinary students at Western University of Health Sciences. I knew Leah would want to be helpful and would enjoy being
the center of attention, even in death. Saying goodbye to Leah was heart-wrenching. But I did not want her to suffer. I am just
most grateful that she waited until I could get back home to take care of her and see her through. I have been so blessed to
have had such an amazing cat in my life for 12 years.
The Willed Body Program for Veterinary Medicine, WAVE
THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE’S REVERENCE FOR LIFE COMMITMENT promises that animals will not be harmed in our teaching
programs. A key element of this commitment is the WAVE (Willed deceased Animals for Veterinary Education) Program, which
reaches out to animal owners to ask that they consider donating their beloved pets’ remains to anatomy and clinical skills
education at the college (The WAVE Program is modeled after the Human Willed Body Program at WesternU.) More than 500
deceased animals have been donated to the college in the last two years.These special animals are providing a greater quality of
education to future generations of veterinarians.
All donations to WAVE must be deceased due to age, serious illness or injury. An animal that has no owner to approve the
donation of its remains will not be accepted.When you know that the death of your beloved pet might be imminent, and you live
within 40 miles of the college, please ask your veterinarian about donating to WAVE. Your veterinarian may contact Ms.Tami Jones
at (909) 469-5597 to make all arrangements.
Always in Our Hearts: Stories from the WAVE Program appears as a regular feature in each issue of the Outlook.
Reasons to name a seat:
• Leave your permanent mark on WesternU
• Thank a loved one for their support and encouragement
• Honor someone special
• Pay tribute to a mentor, teacher, or other individual who has
REMEMBERING THE FOUNDERS OF THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AT WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
For the first time in its history, the College of Veterinary Medicine is “naming” chairs
in the auditorium of its new building in support of the College and the University
You are invited to join President Philip Pumerantz, Dean Phillip Nelson, Founding
Dean Shirley Johnston and many CVM faculty and alumni, and purchase a seat in
the 130 chair auditorium that will memorialize your support of the college.
This offer is being extended to everyone who has helped our new college succeed.
Friends of the college may make a naming gift in honor of a loved one or loved pet.
Naming plaques can accommodate three lines of text, at 35 characters (including
spaces) per line. Chairs may be purchased for $1,000 or $500 each, and paid by
cash, check, credit card, or partial payments over the course of a year.
Please contact Susan Terrazas at 706-469-3476 or firstname.lastname@example.org to
reserve your chair.
Remember the College of Veterinary Medicine as we will remember you.
August 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First day of Orientation Week
August 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Convocation and White Coat Ceremony,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Gregory Hammer, AVMA President, Keynote Speaker
August 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First day of Class, Fall Semester, 2008 – 2009
October 6 – 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Examination Week
November 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Tribute to Caring
November 27 – 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanksgiving Holiday
December 15 – 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Examination Week
December 22 – January 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Recess
January 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First day of Class, Spring Semester, 2008 – 2009
March 2 – 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Examination Week
March 9 – 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Break
May 11 – 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Examination Week
May 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commencement
THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE is committed to serving society
and animals through the preparation of students for the practice of veterinary
medicine, veterinary public health and/or veterinary research in an educational program
of self-directed learning, reverence for life and clinical education through strategic partnerships.
Instruction and clinical opportunities are provided in a wide variety of domestic species, including food animal,
equine, and companion animals. The college sustains a vibrant diverse faculty by encouraging advancement through
personal and professional development and research. This creates an environment of competent, caring, ethical professionals,
where cooperative learning, public service and scholarship can flourish. n
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