Protecting the World’s Food Supply, One Student at a Time: An interview with Jacque Pelzer, DVM

From building surfboards to helping veterinary students achieve their goals, Jacque Pelzer’s career path was … Read more

Best in Show: AVMA President Joseph Kinnarney on What Makes a “Really Good Vet”

Joseph Kinnarney, DMV came to this year’s UC Davis Pre-Health Conference with one goal in mind: to “encourage great new minds to go into the veterinary profession”.
With a keynote presentation entitled “Helping Animals and People: Veterinary Medicine is More Than You Think”, the current President of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) explained the tremendous opportunities of his field to a captive audience. “When you look at veterinary medicine, the training allows us to do lots, and be lots of things,” Kinnarney told Student Doctor Network after giving his speech. He described the roles vets can take in a variety of areas, including public health offices, the armed services, and food safety.
For Kinnarney, it wasn’t the lure of these more alternative veterinary-related careers, but rather the traditional desire to care for pets that brought him to the profession. “I was 4 years old, and I had a dog who was trying to have puppies and couldn’t,” he says. “I had what I thought was a dying dog – and she probably was.” Kinnarney went with his parents to the local veterinarian. “He saved my dog’s life, and also the lives of her 5 healthy puppies.”

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20 Questions: Jennifer Luna-Repose, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Luna-Repose, DVM, is currently practicing at Alternatives For Animals in Lafayette, Calif., where she is an associate DVM. Dr. Luna-Repose received a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of California, Santa Cruz (1999), where she graduated with highest honors. Continuing her education, she received her Doctor of Veterinary medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York (2006). She has received a certification first degree in Reiki healing from Usui Shiki Ryoho in Tucson, and an International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)-College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies certification in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine. Dr. Luna-Repose has studied both nutrition response testing and morphogenic field technique foundation at Standard Process in Alameda, Calif., and IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Luna-Repose’s previous work experience includes working as an associate DVM at California veterinary clinics, including Integrative Veterinary Center in Sacramento, Blackhawk Veterinary in Danville, and Muir Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Martinez. She was also a supervising veterinarian at Waggin Smiles in Santa Rosa, Calif. Her internships included alternative veterinary medicine at her current employer, Alternatives For Animals, and small animal and small animal oncology at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro. She has conducted orangutan research with Earth Watch Expeditions, black howler monkey research with Oceanic Society Expeditions, and Huemul deer research with Sierra Institute. Dr. Luna-Repose is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association, and Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association. Dr. Luna-Repose has been published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

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20 Questions: Deborah Elaine Linder, DVM, Veterinary Nutritionist

Deborah Elaine Linder, DVM, is a board certified veterinary nutritionist and a research assistant professor at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology and anatomy from Duke University (2005), and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (2009). Dr. Linder completed a one-year veterinary medicine internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Mass., followed by a two-year veterinary clinical nutrition residency at Tufts.
Dr. Linder is a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, and International Society for Anthrozoology, and she is a steering committee member of the Pet Therapy Group Tufts Paws for People. She has been published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital AssociationVeterinary NursingBMC Veterinary ResearchAmerican Journal of Veterinary ResearchJournal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical CareVeterinary QuarterlyJournal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
When did you first decide to become a veterinarian? Why?

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20 Questions: Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM, opened Paws & Claws Animal Hospital in Plano, Texas in 1991. Messonnier received a bachelor’s degree in animal science (cum laude) from Texas A&M (1983), as well as a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from the same institution (1985). Messonnier received his doctor of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine (1987).
Dr. Messonnier has written for numerous veterinary and pet publications including Animal Wellness, Dog Fancy, Cat FancyDog WorldFido Friendly, Whole Dog Journal, and Whole Cat Journal. In addition, he is the author of several books, including The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & CatsThe Allergy Solution for DogsThe Arthritis Solution for Dogs & CatsThe Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs8 Weeks to a Healthy DogUnexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for PetsBe Your Own Boss, Starting Your Veterinary PracticeMarketing Your Veterinary Practice, Volumes I and IIExotic Pets: A Veterinary Guide for OwnersCommon Reptile Diseases and TreatmentThe Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Arthritis in Dogs & Cats; and Nutritional Supplements for the Veterinary Practice. Dr. Messonnier is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
When did you first decide to become a veterinarian?
I decided to become a veterinarian in junior high, because I always enjoyed science and loved animals.

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20 Questions: Jean Rabinowitz, DVM

Dr. Jean Rabinowitz studied history at University of California, Berkeley, and went on to attend Yale University, where she earned a masters in history with a focus on late antiquity and medieval European history. She left Yale all but dissertated, having found the process was no longer satisfactory, and she moved on to another passion.
Rabinowitz decided to go back and do what, since she was a teenager, was what she thought she would do in the long run—attend veterinary school and become a veterinarian. Due to her prior college focus, Rabinowitz had to first go back and take the coursework equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in biology, which she did in three years at University of California Davis.

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