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Don Low Fellowships Bring Vets "Back to School"

September 28, 2005

The School of Veterinary Medicine produces some of the most highly trained veterinary graduates in the world; but did you know that veterinarians can continue learning at the school well beyond the DVM degree program?

Ten California practitioners have been selected to participate in the 2005-2006 Donald G. Low-California Veterinary Medical Association Fellowship program. Fellows spend several weeks in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and other school facilities enhancing their general knowledge in a specialty area.

UltrasoundThe Fellowship program fosters ongoing interactions among practitioners, faculty members, and veterinary students. Fellows attend rounds, engage in patient care and may participate in other hospital or laboratory programs. Fellows may follow their interests in radiology, critical care, equine diagnostics, behavior therapy and other specialties.

Faculty, staff and students also build relationships with practioners, who contribute their own knowledge and experience gained from private practice.

Donald J. Klingborg, associate dean for Public Programs, states, "These fellowships offer a valuable exchange between private practitioners and school faculty. Fellows gain exposure to the newest treatments, many of which have been developed at our school. Faculty members learn more about trends and emerging issues in today's private practices. Finally, students welcome the practical medical and business insights of experienced practitioners."

The Donald G. Low-California Veterinary Medical Association Practitioner Fellowship honors the late Donald G. Low, former director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Here, faculty members and trained technical staff treat more than 32,000 animal patients each year while teaching essential clinical skills to veterinary students. Hospital residencies also provide advanced training for veterinarians in specialty disciplines. 

The California Veterinary Medical Association led the campaign to fund this one-of-a-kind program and partners with the school to recruit and select fellows.

The School of Veterinary Medicine congratulates the following 2005-2006 Fellowship participants:


Name of clinic



John Burkhartsmeyer

Santa Clarita Animal Hospital, Inc.

Santa Clarita

Small Animal Radiology

Ellen Freiberg

Northern California area veterinary housecall practice

Palo Alto


Melissa Kielty

Pioneer Equine Veterinary Service, Inc.

Pleasant Hill

Equine Ultrasound

Kent Littlehale

Santa Clara Pet Hospital

Santa Clara

Small Animal Ultrasound

Thomas Odom

Brentwood Veterinary Hospital


Small Animal Medicine

Susan Ostapak

Emergency Animal Hospital of Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa

Small Animal Emergency/Critical Care

Avi Shaprut

Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center

San Diego

Small Animal Ultrasound

Ilana Strubel

Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital



Michael Yackey

South Davis Veterinary Center


Small Animal Ultrasound

Jeanette Yamamoto

Animal Surgical & Emergency Center

Los Angeles

Small Animal Emergency/Critical Care

The Donald G. Low-California Veterinary Medical Association Practitioner Fellowship is just one continuing education offering of the School of Veterinary Medicine. A complete calendar of continuing education events and application form for the 2006-2007 Low Fellowships are available online from the Center for Continuing Professional Education.