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Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program

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Jennifer Gibson learns to suture the tough skin of a cow that has undergone surgery for a displaced abomasum (the 4th stomach compartment of a cow). Gibson's summer mentor is Dr. Nel Moore of Sierra View Animal Health in Escalon.

July 9, 2012

Fifteen DVM students are participating this summer in the field during the Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program. These students are gaining on-site training in animal handling, health management, laboratory diagnostics and client communications as they learn about cattle from the ground up and explore the benefits and challenges of food animal practice.  

About the program

To help meet the need for veterinarians in food animal practice, the Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program gives students intensive training opportunities with commercial cattle operations and veterinarians working with cattle.

Since most veterinary students do not come from agricultural backgrounds, exposure to animal agriculture and veterinarians working with cattle creates awareness of new career possibilities. The school fosters the experience to increase the number of students choosing to work with cattle following graduation and to support students with an active interest in livestock practice. Students usually find placements in California, a hub of the dairy industry, but several each year go to other states, especially to gain experience with beef cattle.

The School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes the following students to this year's program and thanks their mentors at dairies, beef production companies and veterinary practices. 

             
Amy Achille, Class of 2014: Dr. Paul Arisolabehere, Hospital Not So Grande, Bakersfield; Dr. Scott Waltner, Puget Sound Veterinary Group, Washington 
Bernadette Grismer, Class of 2014: Dr. Gene Harlen, Cotati Large Animal Hospital; Snyder Livestock, Yerington, Nevada    
Brent  Pascoe , Class of  2015: Dr. Tom Talbott, Bishop Veterinary Clinic, Bishop a       
Christine Richey, Class of 2015: Dr. Shannon Carpenter, The Farm Animal Hospital P.C., New York; Dr. Collins, Milledgeville Veterinary Clinic, Illinois    
Emily Nietrzeba, Class of 2014: Dr. Robin Skillman, Lincoln; Dr. Scott Waltner        
Jennifer Gibson, Class of 2014: Dr. Russell Dickson, Bear Mountain Vets; Dr. Nell Moore, Sierra View Animal Health    
Julio Gomez, Class of  2014: Dr. Nancy Martin, East Meets West, Vacaville; Dr. Tom Graham, Veterinary Consulting Service, Davis    
Katrina  Thompson, Class of 2014: Dr. Marcus Skacel, Herd Health P.L.C.C., Idaho; Dr. Mandy Willis, Tennessee    
Michelle Morelos, Class of 2014: Dr. Jason Bravos, Mill Station Veterinary Service, Dixon; Dr. Tom Graham, Veterinary Consulting Service, Davis    
Patricia Bartle, Class of 2015: Dr. Remsburg, Black Horse Animal Hospital, Pennsylvania     
Rachael Lyons, Class of 2015: Dr. Jen Mather, Dewey; Bear River Mobile Vet, Grass Valley; Dr. Jason Bravos, Mill Station Veterinary Service, Dixon     
Raymond Wong, Class of 2014: Dr. Tom Graham, Veterinary Consulting Service, Davis; Jason Bravos, Mill Station Veterinary Service, Dixon     
Rebecca  Hall, Class of 2014: Dr. Mike Karle, Mid Valley Veterinary Hospital, Orland; Dr. Sanford, Sterner Veterinary Clinic, Michigan    
Samantha Haw, Class of 2014: Dr. Calvin Dotti, Cotati Large Animal; Dr.  Nancy Martin, East Meets West, Vacaville  
Sara  Specht, Class of 2014: Calvin Dotti, Cotati Large Animal; Rancho Laguna Dairy, Santa Rosa   

John A. Angelos, associate professor in the Large Animal Clinic of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, directs the program. Angelos cares for hospitalized food animals while teaching essential veterinary skills to DVM students and training veterinarian residents specializing in food animal medicine and surgery. 

Pfizer Animal Health provides generous support for this program. 


Contact: John A. Angelos, DVM, jaangelos@ucdavis.edu