What is your educational background?
- D.V.M., The Ohio State University
- B.S. in Biology, Saint Vincent College
- I have worked in clinical practice for 12 years as a veterinarian with about 20 years total experience within the field. I am an accredited, PA licensed veterinarian.
I have a special interest in education and public health. Prior to coming to Grove City College, I was the Medical Director & instructor at Vet Tech Institute/Median School of Allied Health Careers for six years.
For three years, I taught within the Biology Departments at Penn State-Beaver and Geneva College. I have also consulted with on-line educational programs in the areas of anatomy and physiology.
What are the main focuses of your research?
Zoonotic disease, public health, and tick-borne diseases. In our current three-year study, we have speciated nearly 3,000 ticks and tested the ticks for the presence of five tick-borne pathogens. Ticks are known to host zoonotic pathogens, however, there are few Pennsylvania (PA) state-wide studies that define regional tick species and the prevalence of common tick-borne pathogens. Two major objectives of our study is to confirm common tick species found in PA and the prevalence of common pathogens carried by Ixodes scapularis or the deer tick.
What specific courses or specialties do you teach?
Zoonotic Disease & Public Health, Human & Mammalian Anatomy (lecture and laboratory), Human & Mammalian Physiology ( lecture and laboratory), Internship in Biology, Independent Research in Biology, Histology, Crow Indian Reservation Travel Course, The Biology of Diving
My medical background, my interests in public health and the many areas of biology, as well as the needs and interests of my students, are the motivation for my courses’ development.
What is the most important piece of advice you give your students to help them succeed?
Make informed plans, be responsible for your choices, and watch for what God might do (you’ll probably have no idea but it won’t be boring). I advise many students in the areas of pre-health school preparation. I try to take a very practical, real life approach to teaching in the classroom what they will need in life academically, socially, and spiritually.
Please list a selection of your publications.
- “A Most Unusual Case: Snake’s Sticky Situation,” Veterinary Forum (Oct. 2006)
- Review “Nutrition for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Ann Wortinger," The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2007)
- “Issues in Practice: Harnessing the ‘Right’ Stuff,” Veterinary Forum (2007)
- “Lead Story: It Takes A Team,” Veterinary Forum (2008)
- Letter to the Editor. “Incorporating the One-health Concept into Undergraduate Education,” JAVMA (2011).
- Call for Undergraduate One Health Education; One-Health Commission website under narratives. https://www.onehealthcommission.org/
- Ticks Collected from Hunter Harvested White-tailed Deer in Pennsylvania, 2013-2015. Letter to the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
- Study of Pennsylvania Tick Species Found on Hunter Harvested Deer and Ixodes scapularis Pathogen Prevalence. Research paper. Journal of Public Health and Zoonotic Disease.
Is there any additional personal experience you would like for us to share?
One of the greatest blessings I have been able to participate in at Grove City College is the Crow Reservation Travel Course. This course occurs during the May Intersession. It focuses on various aspects of public health, which can be tailored to students’ specific interests. It also includes exposure to the culture and history of the Crow people and their lands.
Once in Montana, students participate in group and/or specifically-students designed public health projects (Rabies clinics, West Nile clinics, Gardening & Nutrition Seminars). We work with prominent members of the tribe, the Little Big Horn College, and the Crow Indian Hospital in the development and implementation of these projects. These projects are held over four days. The other days are spent exploring the history and culture of the Crow Reservation region, including: The Little Big Horn Battlefield tour & re-enactment, tour of Chief Plenticoups National Park, and an Ok-a-beh reservoir trip. Our host family has since adopted me into their Apasaalooke family.