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Congratulations to our Veterinarians & Future Veterinarians!

img_4667Kathleen Morriss (Future Veterinarian)
Kathleen Morriss is the fifth generation of a Texas ranching family – and her mother is a veterinarian – so it was natural for her to choose a career in veterinary medicine. Her main interests are in equine dentistry and podiatry, but she also loves working with small ruminants and livestock. After graduation she will spend the summer working in Alberta, and then return to Texas to work full time in a mixed practice.
Dr_sprowlsDr. Robert W. Sprowls, DVM
Dr. Sprowls, Resident Director of Texas A&M’s Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, was recently honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Services, specifically Diagnostic Services. Working with both large and small cattle operations, Dr. Sprowls brings his skills as a diagnostician, pathologist and leader to a complex role.
GeocacheDr. Joe Hillhouse, DVM
Dr. Hillhouse, owner of Carson County Vet Clinic in Panhandle, Texas, also serves as the District VIII Director of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners; is a Charter Organization Representative of the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Panhandle Lions Club. When Dr. Hillhouse finally carves out some down time, you’ll find him enjoying the outdoors with a fishing pole in hand.
photo 2Dr. David Gnad, DVM
Dr. Gnad owns Nebraska Vet Services, a mixed animal and consulting practice located in West Point, Nebraska. Dr. Gnad also serves as a Diplomat within the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, coaches multiple sports and spends time with Youth Ministry, his wife and their four children. Dr. Gnad also feeds out cattle and hogs.
050Dr. Cody Pohler, DVM
Dr. Pohler is part of the talented team of veterinary professionals at the Wharton Veterinary Clinic. This mixed animal practice received the Texas Veterinary Heritage Award for a practice over 50 years old. Dr. Pohler is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Born and raised in Texas, Dr. Pohler and his wife, Toni, make their home in East Bernard.
kitchenrenovationvetsday017Dr. Gordon Hazard, DVM
Dr. Gordon Hazard, from West Point, Mississippi, is a legend in the cattle business. A veterinarian for 64 years and a cattleman for 79, Dr. Hazard received the Mississippi Cattleman of the Year Award in 1990 and was inducted into the Mississippi Cattleman’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Also known as the “Guru of Grass”, Dr. Hazard has authored a widely acclaimed book, Thoughts and Advice from an Old Cattleman.
DSC_0142webDr. Robert Gentry, DVM
Dr. Robert Gentry has thirty-one years of experience in mixed practice, focusing a majority of his time on beef cattle. As a founding director of the Academy of Rural Veterinarians, Dr. Gentry recognizes the need to encourage interest in life as a rural practitioner and advocate for rural veterinarians. He served as Vice-President of ARV in 2011 and 2012.
Jones, Meredyth-4x5Dr. Meredyth Jones, DVM
Dr. Meredyth Jones is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M in food animal field services for beef cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, llamas and alpacas. Please join us in congratulating her for receiving the Novartis Teaching Excellence Award in 2008; the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award in 2010 and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Clinical Service Award in 2014.
irsik-webDr. Max Irsik, DVM
Dr. Max Irsik is a Beef Cattle Extension veterinarian at the University of Florida and brings a wealth of experience in feeding cattle and managing cow/calf herds to this position. He is passionate about agriculture and also enjoys helping both large and small ag businesses improve the performance of their operations through his consulting firm, Two Mule Cattle Company.
IMG_0345David Sjeklocha, DVM
Dr. David Sjeklocha is the Operations Manager of Animal Health and Welfare, and Staff Veterinarian, for Cattle Empire, one of the largest family owned cattle feeding organizations in the US. Over the years, Dr. Dave has championed the humane care and handling of cattle; and is currently Chair of the AABP Animal Welfare Committee. In 2013, AVC named him Consultant of the Year.
3Dan Goehl, DVM
Dr. Dan Goehl and his wife, Rachel own and operate the Canton Veterinary Clinic in Canton, Missouri where he works with large animal clients, primarily stocker and cow/calf beef operations. Dr. Goehl is a partner in Professional Beef Services, an organization that provides information to the beef industry, and also writes a blog on AgWeb.
IMG_0963-2Laird Laurence, DVM
Dr. Laird Laurence is the founder and owner of Hill Country Veterinary Clinic, a mixed practice located in Fredericksburg, Texas. Dr. Laurence is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has served as Technical Services Manager of US Cattle and Small Ruminants for Merck Animal Health since January 2013.
IMG_20140618_143055667_HDRDr. Corbin Stevens, DVM
In 2004 Dr. Corbin Stevens founded Stevens Veterinary Services in Scott City, Kansas.  Primarily a feed-yard and cow-calf consulting practice, SVS also has an on-site Idexx Laboratory that tests cattle for Persistently Infected BVD and pregnancy.  Dr. Stevens is also a partner in Production Animal Consultation, a multi-industry practice.  He and his wife, Heidi, have three children.
Doug Ford 2Dr. Doug Ford
Dr. Doug Ford is the owner of Beaver Creek Veterinary Clinic located in Brush, Colorado. He is also a partner in Production Animal Consultation, a science driven, people focused group of advisors serving animal protein producers worldwide. Doug and his wife Jan are the proud parents of five adult children and as a family they are passionate stewards of their ranches and livestock.
IMG_0131Dr. Brian Huedepohl, DVM
Dr. Brian Huedepohl has been with the Veterinary Medical Clinic in Williamsburg, Iowa, since 2001. He works primarily with cow/calf and feedlot operations and enjoys working with ultrasound, embryo transfer and has been in charge of the Heifer Development Program for the past ten years. He and his wife have three children and he enjoys spending time with his family as well as golfing and hunting.
SpareFamilyDr. Randall Spare, DVM
Dr Randall Spare is President of Ashland Veterinary Clinic, the largest veterinary practice in southwest Kansas. He focuses on bovine care, especially cow-calf production and at AABP in 2013, he received the award for developing an outstanding preventative medicine program for beef production. A graduate of K-State’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Spare and his wife Michelle have 5 children.
20140706_194436Dr. John Kellenberger, DVM
Dr. John Kellenberger joined Ashland Veterinary Center in 1996, and became a partner in 2003. AVC cares for large and small animals and serves a four state area. Dr. Kellenberger received his B.S. in Animal Science & Industry and DVM degrees from Kansas State University. He and his wife Angie are proud parents of three children and enjoy the company of nine dogs, five cats and five horses.
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Jonathan Wesson grew up in Vale, North Carolina, on a cow/calf operation and is a recent recipient of an Amstutz Scholarship. Currently a student at North Carolina State University, Jonathan plans to join a rural mixed animal practice after graduation. He’ll also stay involved with the beef industry through his own purebred Hereford operation.
IMG_0316Lauren Scruggs (Future Veterinarian)
Lauren Scruggs recently awarded an Amstutz Scholarship, the first Auburn University CVM student to receive it since 2008. Hard working, intelligent and compassionate, Lauren grew up in rural Mississippi surrounded by animals. Her Dad is a veterinarian and her Mom trained Border Collies. Looking towards the future, Lauren is particularly interested in the production animal industry.
1074287_10200989468354477_1591928972_oAmanda Emery (Future Veterinarian)
Amanda Emery recently received an Amstutz Scholarship. Raised on a beef and crop farm in Indiana, she is a second year vet student at Purdue University. Passionate about animal agriculture and public health, Amanda has served in Haiti with the Christian Veterinary Mission and is also pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Minnesota.
hutning1Todd Winzer (Future Veterinarian)
Todd Winzer, a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, was recently awarded an Amstutz Scholarship. Todd is from north-central Washington and he and his wife have one child. With a background in beef cattle, his goal after graduation is to work primarily with cow/calf producers anywhere his career takes him.
J Holle 1Jennifer Holle (Future Veterinarian)
Jennifer Holle recently received an Amstutz Scholarship. She grew up on a family-owned dairy with registered Holsteins in northwestern Wisconsin. Her passion for the dairy business led her to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, and her work there took her to Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, Ecuador and Indonesia to learn even more about international agriculture.
IMG_3544Tyson Buyer (Future Veterinarian)
Tyson Buyer, a student at the University of Saskatchewan, recently received an Amstutz Scholarship. As a 4th generation rancher raised on a cow/calf operation, Tyson grew up in the cattle business and it was natural for him to pursue an education in bovine medicine. After graduation he plans to work in a large animal practice, then move into bovine reproductive technologies.
IMG_0064-2Rebecca Calder (Future Veterinarian)
Rebecca Calder was recently awarded an Amstutz Scholarship. She grew up in Vermont and fell in love with cows at the age of 5. In high school she spent a weekend with a veterinarian and knew her future was sealed. In college she received an internship at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Rebecca hopes to work in a dairy or mixed animal practice in the northeast after graduation.
EmilyDairyEmily Severt (Future Veterinarian)
Emily Severt was raised in a small farming community in western Ohio and is a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She studied Bovine Respiratory Disease in beef feedlots and was also involved in a related telemedicine project. Upon graduation Emily plans to focus on food animal medicine, pathology and food safety.
LMICHELS5Lee Michels (Future Veterinarian)
Lee Michels is a student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He recently received the Merck Animal Health Student Recognition Award. Raised on a dairy in Wisconsin, Lee developed a passion for dairy production, and at school he spent much of his time working with the Production Animal Medicine Club. Upon graduation, he hopes to practice in a rural Midwest community.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeter Strassburg (Future Veterinarian)
Peter Strassburg was recently awarded an Amstutz Scholarship. Growing up in Wisconsin, he spent a lot of time on a relative’s dairy and from then on, Peter has worked in one aspect or another of the dairy industry. His interests include reproductive physiology, cattle comfort and herd level management. After graduation Peter hopes to join a predominantly dairy cattle practice.
Cody Anspcah photo 2-2Cody Anspach (Future Veterinarian)
Cody Anspach, a student at Purdue University, recently received an Amstutz Scholarship. Originally from Winamac, Indiana, Cody grew up around livestock and showed stock in 4-H for 10 years. His passion lies in production medicine with strong interests in preventative medicine and reproduction. After graduation Cody plans to go into a dairy practice.
AZondlak1-2Ashle Zondlak (Future Veterinarian)
Ashle Zondlak grew up working on her neighbor’s dairy operation and at 16 it became her full time job. Over the years she has shown cattle at local fairs, volunteered at Breakfast on the Farm events and during vet school she worked in Michigan State University’s mastitis lab. After graduation Ashle’s goal is to work as a food animal practitioner.
200797_1002175216150_7565_nLindsey Borst (Future Veterinarian)
Lindsey Borst was recently awarded the Merck Animal Health Student Recognition Award. Raised in Minnesota, Lindsey’s passion for veterinary medicine started early – her mother is a mixed animal veterinarian. Lindsey’s interests lie in protocol development and employee training and after graduation she plans to practice dairy medicine and stay involved in her husband’s dairy farm.
10152050_869268606434964_3862468977743650920_nPatrick Brinson (Future Veterinarian)
Growing up in North Carolina, Patrick Brinson was surrounded by agriculture, but he first became seriously interested in the cattle industry during high school. Then, two successful externships in college solidified his desire to become a veterinarian. After graduating Patrick is now working with dairy and beef producers at the Lander Veterinary Clinic in Turlock, California.
IMG_4782McKenzie Steger (Future Veterinarian)
McKenzie Steger grew up on a farming and ranching operation in Nebraska. She loved raising and showing cattle and working with local farmers and ranchers. Her passion lies in the cow-calf and feed yard sector of the veterinary profession. After graduation and officer training, she will report to Ft. Carson, Colorado, for active duty in the US Army Veterinary Corps.
DSCN9396Aaron Schaffer (Future Veterinarian)
Aaron Schaffer grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois. After attending Parkland College and the University of Illinois, he was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Graduating in May 2015, Aaron and his wife, also a graduate of K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, are starting a large animal ambulatory practice in northeast Kansas.
IMG_0973Julia Herman (Future Veterinarian)
Julia Herman took a winding path to become a veterinarian, with inspiration as a child from National Geographic books, then with a Bachelor’s in Zoology and a Master’s in Epidemiology. After graduation from Colorado State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Julia plans on finding a position that combines livestock and wildlife medicine, epidemiology, research and public health.
canadaMegan Thompson (Future Veterinarian)
Megan Thompson grew up on a farm in Minnesota. Her Dad, a farmer, and her Uncle, a dairy veterinarian, influenced her decision to become a veterinarian. She always wanted to provide top-notch care for livestock while keeping the food supply safe. Megan will be starting her career with the Harmony-Cresco Veterinary Clinics in Minnesota focusing on dairy and beef cattle production medicine.
DSC_0627-4Holt Trip (Future Veterinarian)
Holt Tripp, a Kentucky native, is a fourth-year student at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is pursuing a dual DVM/MBA program. After graduation Holt hopes to own and operate a diversified research and consulting practice specializing in feedlot and stocker cattle production systems.
DSC_3869Brendan Martin (Future Veterinarian)
Brendan Martin was raised on a beef cattle, poultry and crop farm in Virginia. During college he worked and interned in the cattle industry while raising his own Angus herd. As a result he became interested in bovine reproduction and the power of genetic progress within a cattle herd. After graduation Brendan started Valley Herd Health in Virginia working mainly with beef and dairy cattle.
Simons_portraitJulia Simons (Future Veterinarian)
Julia Simons grew up in Maryland and earned her Master’s in Food Systems and Ag Policy before attending veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her goal is to provide high quality veterinary care to livestock while protecting the food supply and the animals’ well-being. She would like to work in the northeast for a dairy or mixed animal practice after graduation.
1897992_10203129437225671_1938455844_nBenjamin Potvin (Future Veterinarian)
Benjamin Potvin is a third year veterinary medicine student at the University of Guelph. He grew up on a small cow-calf farm in Nova Scotia, where his passion for working with cattle and the agriculture industry was established. Upon graduation, Benjamin hopes to find work in a high volume, dairy-focused practice with strong mentorship within the United States
FavEngageLacey Robinson (Future Veterinarian)
Lacey Robinson is a fourth generation producer who grew up on an Angus cattle operation. Her interest in food animal medicine runs deep. Working on the ranch from a young age helped develop her love for all aspects of beef production and animal husbandry. She and her fiancé have a small Angus herd in the Flint Hills north of Manhattan and market bulls to commercial cattlemen.
composite pictureEllen Unruh (Future Veterinarian)
Ellen Unruh grew up in east central Kansas and earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University before attending Veterinary School there. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, studying heat stress in feedlot cattle. Upon graduation Ellen will focus on food animal medicine and do beef cattle research work.
img_4667Kathleen Morriss (Future Veterinarian)
Kathleen Morriss is the fifth generation of a Texas ranching family – and her mother is a veterinarian – so it was natural for her to choose a career in veterinary medicine. Her main interests are in equine dentistry and podiatry, but she also loves working with small ruminants and livestock. After graduation she will spend the summer working in Alberta, and then return to Texas to work full time in a mixed practice.