A native of San Diego, California, Jordan Bartel grew up in Greensboro, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. He began his journalism career as a features writer with the Carroll County Times in Maryland. For the past nine years, he has been a features writer and editor with The Baltimore Sun. He has received awards for features writing from the Associated Press, The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and the Society for Features Journalism.
Dogs May Hold Key to Fighting Human Bladder Cancer
A pioneering bladder cancer study launching at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine will compare the origins and characteristics of the disease in dogs and humans, a promising approach to developing earlier diagnosis and improved therapies for both species. The two-year project, which recently received funding from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, will
Fear Factor: Study to Explore What Drives Differences Between Men and Women
The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Elizabeth Lucas has received a young scientist grant for a pioneering study on the science behind why women experience far more fear-based psychiatric conditions than men. Lucas, an assistant professor of neurology in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, is one of 200 international researchers receiving a 2019
Class of 2023: Two of a Kind
The Drumgooles are the first set of twins to enroll in the CVM at the same time. You get the strongest sense of how close they are when they talk about their shared passion for animals and veterinary medicine, a path that had been on their minds since they were children...
A Breakthrough in Understanding Canine Itch
A new study from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is the first to pinpoint the intricate pathway mechanisms of itch in dogs, information vital to developing targeted treatments for common and chronic canine skin disorders. The research describes the expression of itch-signaling somatostatin and other major itch-associated neuropeptides and receptors in canine neurons.
Class of 2023: Lifelong Friends, Lifelong Support
Francess Blake and Alexis Roach are just 6 years old in the photo, hugging each other tightly, wearing fancy white lace dresses at their kindergarten graduation, smiling “this is my best friend” smiles. Sixteen years later in a new photo the smiles are the same and so is the hug. They’re still wearing white, but
Hurricane Dorian: How to Help People, Animals in Need
As disaster response efforts continue within the wide swath of areas affected by Hurricane Dorian, relief efforts are underway for people and animals impacted by the storm. There are several ways you can help. A donation to the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Disaster Relief Fund supports animals that have been rescued and sheltered.
Hackathon: Big Ideas in Animal Health, Hours Away
The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is launching its first-ever hackathon this month, a weekend-long flurry of innovation showcasing the power of cross-discipline collaboration to improve animal health. During the inaugural NC State University Animal Health Hackathon, scheduled for Sept. 27-29 at Talley Student Union, CVM students will form teams with other NC State
With Genetic Counseling, CVM Takes Deeper Dives into Dog DNA
At-home DNA tests can uncover that your mixed-breed rescue is 1/8th Jack Russell terrier. A saliva sample sent through the mail can estimate how big a dog may get, if they have drug sensitivities or detail their chance of developing a heart condition. The tests can be revelatory. They can also just be the beginning.
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Neither Can Your Pet
It happened so quickly and so unexpectedly that at first Brenda Stevens didn’t realize it was happening at all. Stevens, a general practice clinical professor at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, was outside playing fetch with her standard poodle, Olive, throwing her favorite tennis ball. It was a sunny, comfortable spring day. “I
Down on the Farm
Sara Beth Routh is out back. You’re never sure where. She could be with a class that’s learning cow handling techniques, helping to calm calves while repeatedly scraping muck off the bottom of her well-worn dusty boots. She could be in a covered stall cradling a fussy newborn lamb in her arms that needs some
Hackathon Empowers CVM Students to Think Boldly
FarmSpeak is a simple idea that’s simply brilliant. The phone app helps crumble communication barriers between farmers, their non-English speaking employees and the veterinarians who work with them both. And it all came together in 20 hours. Trey Cook, a second-year NC State College of Veterinary Medicine student, and a team of former strangers created
A Passion for Poultry Health
She begins, as she usually does, with a smile and a laugh. “I need to show you something,” Rocio Crespo, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s new professor of poultry health management, says from behind her desk. In one swift movement she turns her chair around, switches her computer off sleep mode and pulls up
What is it Like to Give a Polar Bear Anesthesia for 8 Hours?
On Feb. 4, Vigani, an NC State College of Veterinary Medicine clinical assistant professor, managed anesthesia during orthopedic surgery on the leg of Nora, a polar bear at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. A week earlier, 3-year-old Nora had broken her right humerus, likely while roughhousing in her enclosure.
From Costumes to Spooky Treats: Pet Safety Tips for Halloween
Keep people food and candy from pets, of course. It may be hard to keep track of pets, goblins, bags of candy, and easy access to party food, but ingesting chocolate, candy sweetened by xylitol, lollipops with sticks, or the wrong snack can...
Class of 2022: Striving for More
It’s the little pushes in Garrett Williams’ life have that have made the most difference. They’ve come from others, like his grandparents who noticed how much he loved their animal books and encouraged him when he said he wanted to become a vet. It came from his parents, who both didn’t attend college, but told
Class of 2022: An Adventurous Path
After leaf cutter ants chewed through her tent in the Belize rainforest, Tala Woodward got up early the next morning, went on a hike and watched the macaws fly above the tree canopy. Woodward embraces the unexpected. It’s an approach that led her extending a semester abroad in Belize to a year, renting a room
Pain and Gain: Lascelles Leading the Way to Chronic Pain Relief
Like humans, animals experience chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis, muscle strain and nerve damage. In veterinary medicine, chronic pain is not well understood. The first step to a breakthrough: establishing and validating protocols for measuring and treating pain...
New Master’s Program Offers Global Health Focus for Vet Students
During a trip to Uganda last summer, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine student Elsa Sanabria was an eyewitness to the unique power veterinarians have to strengthen global health. She was traveling with nine other vet students and Andrew Stringer, the CVM’s director of global health education and a clinical assistant professor in the Department
Saving the Life of an Uncommon Friend
She tells you exactly what her horse means to her without saying anything at all. It’s in the way Regina Taggart lightly touches Yogi’s mane, how she pats his stomach and watches his reaction. It’s in her eyes, in glances of love and appreciation reflecting a bond that was unexpected but embraced. Here, there is
10 Amazing Animal Heart Facts
They can be as big as a piano or too small to see without a microscope. They may beat as much as 1,000 — or as little as six — times a minute. They are animal hearts and they’re extraordinary. Yes, the human heart is pretty astonishing, too. The thing has its electrical impulse, so
A Helping Hand for Critically Ill Newborn Foals
When Nimet Browne was 6, she moved to a small town in Tennessee. Her subdivision was across the street from a barn offering horse riding lessons. “Every time I passed it I just whined and whined about how badly I wanted to ride horses,” Browne said. “Finally, my parents gave in and that was it.
Alumni Award Winner at the Forefront of Global Health
Wondwossen Gebreyes, a leading voice and innovative researcher in global health medicine, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Gebreyes earned a Ph.D. in comparative biomedical sciences from the CVM in 2001 and was an assistant professor of epidemiology at the school for five years.
Equine Surgeon Committed to Compassionate Care
She grew up on a beef cattle farm, but they were never the only animals in Callie Fogle’s life. Many were strays she and her sister could not resist nurturing back to health and then releasing. They kept squirrels and baby birds and a one-eyed Siamese cat. They also always had horses. Fogle, clinical associate
What Zebrafish Can Teach Us About Our Own Immune System
The human immune system is a miraculous and mysterious place. It is staggeringly complex, as tens of thousands of genes within several different cell types interact in our blood to fight germs and other invaders. The system’s behavior is impacted by anything from diet and age to stress levels and genetics. The exact mechanisms of
New Research Center to Fight Esophageal Disease
The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is part of an intercollegiate research team awarded a grant to develop new treatment approaches for human and animal esophageal diseases. Anthony Blikslager, professor of equine surgery and gastroenterology at the CVM, is a co-investigator on the team, which was recently given an UNC Inter-Institutional Planning Grant to
Extraordinary Gift Supports Aging Pets
Once you met Rahna Davidson you never forgot her. She was smart, a financial whiz, and unflinchingly honest and direct. She was strong and gutsy and unafraid to say exactly what was on her mind at any given time. But above all she was a mother who was very proud of her daughter, Kady Gjessing,
ACZM Presents Kennedy-Stoskopf with Lifetime Achievement Honor
Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, research professor of wildlife and ecosystem health at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the American College of Zoological Medicine’s lifetime achievement award. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary commitment to the ACZM and significant contributions to zoological medicine. The award is named for Murray Fowler, widely
Olby Receives Largest Endowed Chair in NC State History
When Natasha Olby finished her veterinary neurology residency at NC State in 1999, she had a big decision to make — what to do next. She interviewed for several jobs, in the U.S. and in England, where she was born and raised and earned three degrees at the University of Cambridge. But she decided to
Class of 2021: Embracing Challenges
Miriam Chari knew she would fall every single time. At 3 ½ years old with her legs barely long enough to get over a saddle, she’d do jumping exercises on a pony and would always fall off, even if the jump was mere inches off the ground. “The routine was go to the lesson, get
Class of 2021: Finding the Right Path
As a budding scientist, Emily Gidcumb’s resume was the type employers drool over. A bachelor’s degree in physics was immediately followed by a Ph.D. in materials science, both at UNC-Chapel Hill. There’s also the two undergraduate research assistant experiences, then the four years spent as a graduate research assistant working to improve digital breast tomosynthesis,
Tiny Cellular Worlds, Big Medical Breakthrough
They’re called “mini guts,” and they are a leap forward in the study and prevention of devastating intestinal diseases in horses. Researchers at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine have successfully isolated and recreated the innermost layer of a horse’s intestine using stem cells. All the intricate nooks and crannies of intestinal cells can
Class of 2021: A Risk Worth Taking
It was the best assignment of Tommy Burdette’s Air Force career. He was working for the Prisoners of War/Missing in Action retrieval office doing historical research, helping to find soldiers who had been missing since World War II. He loved digging through archives, finding maps of forgotten plane wrecks, working to provide answers and closure
Hurricane Update: How to Help Animals in Need
As disaster response efforts continue for areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts are still underway for animals impacted by the storm. There are several ways you can help. The American Veterinary Medical Association assists veterinarians aiding disaster relief and works directly with government agencies to get timely and important information to those
Class of 2021: An Uplifting Spirit
Before you ask Sarah Moyer about her winemaking past, she has some answers. First, she says, it’s not as glamourous as it sounds. Though she was based in picturesque Napa Valley, Calif., a lot of her work included inventorying chemicals needed for harvest and checking the progress of every single fermentation. It’s a little hard
Class of 2021: A Destiny Fulfilled
Veterinary medicine is not something Shayla Jackson wanted to do. It’s something she has always said she had to do. But as vet school inched closer, she got news she never expected. During the pivotal time between the spring semester of junior year and the beginning of senior year, her father was diagnosed with colon
Cowabunga’s Incredible Journeys
Harrison Dudley knew he wanted to practice large animal medicine, but he also knew he lacked something very important: hands-on experience. “I did not grow up around cattle production, so as a student I felt like I had a lot of catching up to do,” he said. So during his first year at the NC
Class of 2021: Service and Sacrifice
The dog was mean as could be, and he was hurting. But he was a soldier with a mission, which meant that Dawn Torrisi had one, too. Torrisi first saw him when he was brought to the veterinary clinic at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., with serious medical conditions that could have
Class of 2021: Big Change, Exciting Future
On top of a mountain in Maine, far above the tree line and far away from home, Dylan Harver proposed to his girlfriend, Emma. The newly engaged couple was hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail three years ago, all the way down to Springer Mountain in Georgia. The proposal was just the beginning.
Looks that Thrill: CVM Excels in Research Image Contest
One is a stark look into the determined eyes of a farmer in Ethiopia working to eradicate disease that’s threatening livestock. The other, a hypnotic video showing the tiny beating heart of an embryonic zebrafish that could one day lead to new treatments for heart disease...
In CVM’s Simulation Lab, There’s No Such Thing as Mistakes
One of the most popular horses on campus never makes a sound. You can’t ride her, and she won’t trot or jump or gallop. You can’t bathe her, though she’s always impeccably groomed. You can’t feed her; she won’t eat. But you can take her apart and put her back together again — over and
Training the Next Generation of Large Animal Veterinarians in Effective Drug Use
Research on drug contamination and effective antibiotic practices for large animals is consistently conducted on campus. Out back, the CVM’s distinctive Teaching Animal Unit and herd of cows is a daily reminder that this type of veterinary medicine work isn’t just important...
Class of 2020: A Nontraditional Path
Jeffrey Tyrrell was an associate attorney working on real estate transactions in San Francisco. But he ditched the suit for a volunteering stint at the Oakland Zoo, helping to care for tigers, lions, camels, bison and elk. Now his part-time passion is so much more...