Where are they now?

Our alumni are going places. The College extends a hearty congratulations to those listed below who recently made exciting career moves.

Spring 2019

Jun Han, DVM, ’08 PhD, professor of virology in the Department of Preventive Veterinary Medicine at China Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine, will soon lead research and international affairs as the Associate Dean of the China Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Alphonso Lago, DVM, '09 PhD, owns DairyExperts, a herd health consulting and research company in Tulare, Calif., and recently hired Kruthika Patel, MVSc, '19 MS, as a research associate.

Dionne Benson, ’11 DVM, was recently appointed Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY.

The position will include directing safety and welfare, as well as veterinary research initiatives for all of The Stronach Group facilities across the country. Benson also serves on several veterinary committees within the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and was instrumental in working with the California Horse Racing Board to refine the medication rules for horses racing at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields to be consistent with, or in some cases stricter than, most of the IFHA standards. 

Willie Greggs, DVM, '13 PhD, is an associate veterinarian with Banfield Pet Hospital in Smyrna, Ga.

Junjie Shao, MS, '18 PhD, is a scientist at Pharmgate in St. Paul, Minn.

Winter 2019

Juan Samper, ’86 MS, ’90 PhD, was recently appointed associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. Samper is a board certified theriogenologist and was formerly associate dean at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Samithamby Jeyaseelan, ’01 PhD, is now the William Jenkins Professor in Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. Jeyaseelan is the Principal Investigator on a new $11.5 million NIH program to establish the Center for Lung Biology and Disease. Read more

Molly McCue, DVM, MS, ’07 PhD, professor in the Department of Population Medicine, was recently named interim associate dean of research at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The associate dean of research is charged with leading the research mission of the College, implementing the CVM’s research strategic plan, and reviewing the current functions of this position and the office of the associate dean of research.

Jing Du, ’17 PhD, is a postdoctoral scientist with Susan Quaggin, MD, at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.

Mikayla Schroeder, ’17 DVM, started a new position as surgical oncology intern at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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