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Aug 2007Dec 2011


Michigan State University

Completion of special Production Scholar Pathway specific to students continuing on to complete the Michigan State University Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program


Current student at Michigan State University working on M.S. degree in Dairy Nutrition through the Dept. of Animal Science. Estimated date of completion late 2013. Areas of interest include mineral and vitamin nutrition.


Shire, J.; J. Gordon; E.L. Karcher. 2012 (under review for publication).The effect of temperature on milk ketone test strip

International Experience

Study Abroad (May 2010 - June 2010)                    Netherlands and Belgium

Dairy husbandry and environmental stewardship program, assess differences between Dutchand US agriculture practices, specific focus on organic farming differences

Work experience

Apr 2012Jul 2012

Large Animal Veterinary Assistant

Animal Health Care of Chesaning

Assist with herd health checks (dairy cow); pregnancy checking, Johnes testing

Assist with emergency calls; displaced abomasum, ketosis, lacerations

Jan 2012May 2012

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University

Undergraduate animal science dairy nutrition course; instruct review sessions, tutoring, test writing

Feb 2010Apr 2011

Small Animal Clinic Assistant

Abbott Road Veterinary Clinic

Observe surgeries and assist in animal restraint, sedation, and post-surgery recovery

Assist in general diagnostics and testing; x-rays, blood draws, vaccinations, urine/fecal tests

Aug 2010Dec 2010

Teaching Aide

Michigan State University

Undergraduate animal science general nutrition course; tutoring, quiz preparation, laboratory assistant

Aug 2010Dec 2010

Teaching Aide

Michigan State University

Undergraduate animal science advanced genetics course; tutoring, scientific writing

Dec 2008Aug 2010

Surgical Prep

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Clinic

Equipment set up for food animal and equine surgery

Post-surgery clean up; sterilize surgical equipment, surgical pack prep, inventory

Mar 2008Aug 2008

Kennel Assistant/Secretary

Shiawassee Humane Society

Assisted with care for displaced dogs, cats, and small animals; cared for 80+ cats and 30+ dogs on daily basisBehavioral assessment and trainingFinalization of adoptions

Organized a very successful community adoption event and fundraiser in conjunction with local businesses