Development Communications Specialist
Prior to his position with UNC-TV, Steve worked in the energy industry in a variety of professional and management corporate communications positions with companies in Denver, Colorado, Las Vegas, Nevada and Raleigh, North Carolina.
He holds a B.S. degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
CVM Alum Conjures Frightfully Good Support
When the days grow shorter and summer becomes a memory, October nights bring a chill wind from the north, and sometimes mysterious things can happen by the light of the harvest moon. Some of these mysterious things happen at Firefly Farm in Hillsborough. It seems that someone there has found a way to pluck a
A Big Break for Little Bo
One look at Bo, a tiny ball of white fur with two soft dark eyes and a bit of pink tongue peeking out, and it’s easy to understand Ashley White’s devotion to him. And it’s easy to understand why discovering his serious illness was particularly gut-wrenching. The 10-year-old Maltese is sweet enough to soften the
Improving the Odds for a Cat Named Otter
When Caramel, a cat owned by Melissa Tran and her boyfriend, Jeremy Mey, had a litter of eight kittens in 2010, things didn’t go smoothly. It was a difficult delivery, with some of the kittens being stillborn. Tran thought that one of the tiny survivors, a female, seemed to resemble an otter as she lay
Endowed Scholarship Support is a Home Run for Vet Student
First, the bad news: Danielle Barnes will never make it as a professional baseball pitcher. The good news is that Barnes is in the process of becoming a practicing veterinarian, which is what she actually wants to do. Reaching that goal will be made easier thanks to the Babe and Yogi Scholarship Endowment established by
Keeping Time with Zeevy
Zeevy is an 11-year-old rescue dog described by her owner, Sharon Davis, as sweet, smart and empathetic. When asked about the origin of Zeevy’s name, Davis replies that she was named after the late quirky rock musician Warren Zevon. Davis is a musician herself, a veteran of several rock bands, as well as being a
Helping Families Weather the Storm
Pat and Almira Dallas moved to Oriental, N.C., to live simply, be by the water and go sailing. Dogs have always been a big part of their lives, so when they moved from Winston-Salem in 1988, they made sure that life on the coast would include space for canine companions. Pat sold his custom fireplace
Neurology Resident Honored for Compassionate Care
Art Aikin remembers his 6-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, Cooper, as the most unusual of the five hunting dogs he has owned. The two spent many hours together hunting ducks and geese, and they stayed together back in town, too. “He was trained to hunt, and he was all business until it was cocktail hour, and
Oscar Fletcher Retires, Ending an Era at NC State
It was during Oscar Fletcher's time as Dean that the CVM became a part of NC State’s Centennial Campus and that a landmark gift from Randall B. Terry transformed the campus, creating the enviable Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center...
Horse Farm Owner Honors Two NC State Equine Clinicians
Annie Eldridge puts her heart and soul into Settlers’ Run, her horse farm in Vass, N.C., and it means a lot to her when others care of her horses as much as she does. So when she found kindred spirits at the NC State Veterinary Hospital, she did something special. Last month, Eldridge presented Rich
Bearded Dragon Offers Insight Into
Sometimes reading the articles on the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine website pays off in unexpected ways. That’s what happened to the Weiher-Getty family of Durham, the owners of an especially laid-back 6-year-old bearded dragon named Citrus, also affectionately known as “Ditty.” Five years ago, 9-year-old Deanna Weiher-Getty was involved in an informal pet share
Courageous Guinea Pig Fights Cancer
There’s no question who the alpha is in Neil Horman’s family. It’s Muffin, the family’s 5-year-old guinea pig who shares a pen with her adoptive sister, Bunny, and keeps her in line. Muffin also manages to let her humans know what she wants and where she wants it. When she reached a certain age, she
A New Treatment Approach for Jenna
Jenna is a friendly 9-year-old mixed breed dog who helps her owner, Paul Rosenberg, run a small business, in Chapel Hill. Every day, she’s with Rosenberg in their shop, playing a key role in maintaining good customer relations — through tail wags and enthusiasm. After more than eight years on the job, though, Jenna began
A Once-Neglected Stray Receives an Unforgettable Memorial
She was dangerously thin, fleeing in fear at even the sound of a falling leaf. The leather collar around her neck was so tight it was clear she had grown out of it some time ago. Vicki Webb first spotted the reddish-blond Labrador-shepherd mix stray when she began stealing cat food from bowls in the
A Study in Gratitude
Everyone who meets Bella the Labrador retriever describes her as always sweet. Her owner, Valerie Maitre of Wilmington, would add another description: always hungry. So it was alarming two years ago when Bella’s appetite suddenly wasn’t as robust as it always had been. Her energy level waned; she just wasn’t herself. Then it got worse.
A Tireless Athlete, an Unforgettable Friend
When Stephanie Jones got married, her photographer got a shot you don’t see in every wedding album. There, smiling out of the frame, is Stephanie in her wedding gown standing with Four Irons Lighter, a horse everybody just called “Socks.” Stephanie got Socks, a registered paint, in high school. She had shown and ridden horses
CVM Alum Finds Calling, Gives Back
When Nancy Rathbun-Ramsey was a kindergartener in Buffalo, N.Y., she scrawled in crayon what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I put down ‘animal doctor’ because I didn’t know how to spell ‘veterinarian,’” she says. It’s a goal that she realized in 1994, when she graduated from the NC State College of Veterinary
Behavior Training Gives Rescue Dog a Fresh Start
Jim and Kathy Nelson of Morehead City, N.C., are retired educators, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped teaching. It’s just that now their students are of the canine persuasion. It all started with their dog, Shadow. The Nelsons are advocates for rescue dogs, so it’s not surprising that when they decided to get a dog
Courageous Canine Fights Cancer
The Bullmastiff is an imposing breed. Developed by 19th-century English gamekeepers to stand guard over country estates and typically weighing between 110 to 130 pounds, they give any intruder second thoughts. However, as everyone knows, looks can be deceiving. Bullmastiffs are also notably quiet, mild-mannered and, if properly socialized, affectionate, gentle and calm. That is
National Veterinary Technician Week: Meet April Chappelle
We conclude our series of profiles honoring the veterinary technicians who play such a vital role in providing excellent care for the animals we see here at the NC State by introducing you to April Chappelle, of the Veterinary Hospital’s medical oncology service. She comes to NC State after 16 years in general veterinary practice
National Veterinary Technician Week: Meet Kristen Ward
Today’s installment of our week-long series of profiles of veterinary technicians at the NC State Veterinary Hospital puts the spotlight on a critical area that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves: anesthesiology. In conjunction with National Veterinary Technician Week, which runs October 15-21, we speak with anesthesia technician Kristen Ward. Originally from Ahoskie, N.
National Veterinary Technician Week: Meet Angela Byers
As part of our celebration of National Veterinary Technician Week, we present the third in our series of daily profiles of the hard-working vet techs indispensable to the compassionate care of the animal patients at the NC State Veterinary Hospital. Angela Byers has spent 30 years as a vet technician, the last two in the
National Veterinary Technician Week: Meet Heather Hopkinson
We continue our salute to veterinary technicians this week with the second in a series of profiles of some of the vet techs at the NC State Veterinary Hospital who play such a critical role in the healthcare of animal patients. These highly-trained professionals are comparable to nurses in human medicine, and their dedication and
National Veterinary Technician Week: Meet Chelsey Vanetten
Veterinary technicians are the equivalent of nurses in human medicine, except that their patients can’t talk and often won’t sit still. Vet techs play a critical role in the health of the animals we see every day at the NC State Veterinary Hospital. October 15 through 21 is National Veterinary Technician Week, and we’re giving
Cat With Rare Cancer Gets a Helping Hand
With a love for attention and overflowing with affection, Bernice the cat took to her new family — and even strangers — immediately after being adopted at the age of 4. But soon, the domestic shorthair would become something of a medical puzzle, eventually decoded by the skilled clinicians at the NC State Veterinary Hospital.
Honoring the Human-Animal Bond
Providing compassionate care is an essential part of veterinary medicine, and it comes with some unique complications. In addition to caring for sick or injured animal patients, there is the element of caring for their loving human companions. In the course of practicing medicine, veterinarians become intimately familiar with the realities of the human-animal bond.
More Time for Dexter
Sean New is a busy young man with a job that keeps him hopping, a fiance named Hira and a lively adopted Jack Russell terrier named Dexter. Dexter is the most recent addition to this happy family, but now that they’re together they’re inseparable. When the News were living in Mebane, they talked about getting
A Novel Solution for an Injured Turtle
The term “beakistry” sounds like it could be one of the dark arts worthy of inclusion in a novel by Stephen King, the master of the horror genre, but it isn’t. It’s a term to describe a form of dentistry applied to animals with beaks, like birds and turtles. Turtles like Stephen King. Now, don’t
Annable Scholar Committed to Serving Others
If you don’t believe that hard work and a positive attitude pay off, you haven’t met Kate Thompson, a member of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2019. For her commitment to service, Thompson is receiving the Michele M. and Ross M. Annable Scholarship. The Annables established the scholarship endowment in 2016,
A Passionate Commitment
If someone commits to investing the time, effort and financial sacrifice necessary to become a doctor of veterinary medicine or a Ph.D. — or both — it’s only natural to assume that person is passionate about what they do. That is most definitely the case with the faculty and clinicians at the NC State College
First Endowed Scholarship Still Helping Today’s Vet Med Students
Kristen Malinak, class of 2018, has so many ideas about what she’d like to do in the future that one of her biggest challenges is choosing which one to pursue. That she has so many choices has been made possible in part by people she will never meet...
Biomedical Partnership Center Construction Ushers in New Phase
When completed in 2017, the two-story facility will include space for CVM research activities and provide an outstanding platform for industry and government researchers, entrepreneurs, clinical trial companies, as well as biomedical investigators across...