Please tell us a little about yourself. (e.g., Background, education, hobbies, interests, etc.)
I grew up in Dover, OH. My mother founded the Tuscarawas County Humane Society. My childhood weekends were spent at the dog pound where my mother would volunteer to feed and clean. At a young age, I was exposed to the realities of how unwanted animals are treated. My Eagle Scout project in 1989 was to bring pets to nursing homes as well as the county home, which was a novel idea at the time. In 1993, I graduated the University of Rochester, NY where my cross country team won the NCAA Division III National Championship. In 2000, I graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. I completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, and I am a veteran officer of the United States Army Reserve Veterinary Corps. I also trained in Marine Mammal Medicine under Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
Why did you choose the online Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program?
Years ago, I was hired to serve as an expert witness in the case. I found the process fascinating. There was not a lot of information available at the time on veterinary forensics. When the online certificate program launched, it was clearly a great opportunity for me to pursue my interests.
What surprised you most about the program?
I was pleasantly surprised by the rigorousness of the program, as well as the camaraderie I’ve developed with my classmates. The classwork has really complemented my daily clinical practice. It really helped my clinical skills to be taking courses such as pathology and radiology, after having been in practice for over 15 years. These courses complemented well the cases I see in general practice.
What was your favorite part of the online learning experience?
The flexibility that was present (most of the time). Typically there was a lecture/presentation, required and recommended reading from current publications and a project or opinion paper due in 7 or so days. This allowed me to get the assignments done on my schedule (I am employed full time). I really enjoyed the information I garnered from the Time-of -death analyses in Forensic Entomology, The Forensic Osteology and Pathology courses were also well done.
What has been the most useful takeaway that you have applied to your day-to-day responsibilities?
On two occasions, I was awarded the ASPCA Scholarship for the UF Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program. While I was enrolled in the UF program I was also teaching as an adjunct. I used our forensics program as a template to create a veterinary assisting certificate program at the college where I had been teaching.
How has furthering your forensic sciences education affected your current work?
My wife and I have a daughter, and we operate the Veterinary Hospital of Virginia Beach, VA. I’m also the president of The Tidewater Veterinary Academy, responsible for arranging monthly continuing education lectures for our veterinary community. This experience lent itself towards working to secure speakers for the annual International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association conference.
Through the coursework I’ve been able to engage my local colleagues who are actively in animal control practices.Back to Student Testimonials