UD alums graduate from Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine

May 16, 2013 under CANR News

vetschool5094In 2009, 14 students from the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) were accepted into veterinary schools.

The group included an impressive array of highly decorated students whose accolades included being named Science and Engineering Scholars and members of UD’s Panel of Distinguished Scholars, receiving dean’s awards, earning honors degrees with distinction, completing impressive internships, and demonstrating dedicated participation in college and University activities and organizations.

Of those 14, 10 went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. As those students are now finishing their programs and getting ready to move on, several discussed post-graduation plans and offered advice for current undergraduates interested in entering the veterinary field.

Daniel Lantz

Daniel Lantz, president of the Penn graduating Class of 2013, will be completing a one-year internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey, after which he plans on entering a career that is half clinical veterinary medicine and half teaching, hoping that he can teach either veterinary or pre-veterinary students.

Lantz said that his education provided by CANR was “an amazing preparatory tool for veterinary school. My best advice [for current CANR students] would be to take advantage of every opportunity you have to learn more and be a part of extra labs and club opportunities that allow you to work with animals.”

Thomas Hart

Thomas Hart will also be doing an internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, where he will perform cardiological, surgical and emergency duties.

Hart said of his time at CANR, “It goes without saying that the animal science and agricultural foundation education that we received from CANR was instrumental to my success. Not only was there a focus on the sciences, but CANR brought to the forefront the important real world applications that allowed transition from the class to life.”

Hart said that current CANR undergraduates interested in attending veterinary school should “work hard but don’t forget to enjoy yourself. There can be a lot of pressure to preform well academically and, especially in the sciences, to be competitive for veterinary school acceptance, but don’t lose sight of your own interests that make you unique.”

Sarah Mainardi

Sarah Mainardi said she is currently seeking a career in large animal ambulatory medicine. For undergraduates considering veterinary school, she encouraged them to “take the time to make sure they really want to go to veterinary school. With current prices of veterinary school, starting salaries, and job availability, it is a huge decision to take on the loans associated with veterinary school.”

Mainardi said that she had her “first experiences with farm animals and with the medicine associated with production medicine” while at CANR and that those experiences helped contribute to her wanting to become a large animal veterinarian.

Vincent Baldanza

Vincent Baldanza will be heading to the University of Minnesota to complete a small animal rotating internship, after which he plans to apply for a residency in medical oncology or internal medicine.

Baldanza said he feels he was “much more prepared than many people thanks to my experiences at UD, particularly in terms of experience working hands-on with large animals and a strong knowledge base thanks to the biology, chemistry and biochemistry courses I took as an undergraduate.”

Baldanza said that anyone interested in going on to veterinary school should make sure that they are 100 percent committed to the career path. “Veterinary school is not easy and I can’t imagine making it through these past four years if I didn’t love the material and what I do everyday.”

Lorna Dougherty

Lorna Dougherty will be starting an internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware, and she echoed Baldanza’s thoughts about how the classes she took at UD helped prepare her for veterinary school. “The anatomy and physiology provided a great base for learning more intricate details. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for anatomy and Animal Science 101. It is true that you don’t really know something until you have to teach it, and it gave me a greater understanding of the material, and improved my communication skills.”

Adam Seth Yoskowitz

After graduation, Adam Seth Yoskowitz will start an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, a year-long program that will help him further develop his veterinary skills and give him the opportunity to rotate through several veterinary disciplines.

Yoskowitz said that being in veterinary school is “very rewarding, but it is not easy. You have to work long hours, routinely confront difficult situations, and you may not get the recognition that you deserve. However, if veterinary medicine is your passion, then it is all worth it.”

Yoskowitz also reflected fondly upon his time at UD, specifically in CANR. “The deep sense of community, and the faculty and staff’s constant mentorship and inspiration is what most profoundly affected me and enhanced my personal and professional growth. The relationships that I developed and the lessons that I learned as a student at CANR will continue follow me and positively influence me for the remainder of my career and the rest of my life.”

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Lutz credits UD for setting her on path to livestock career

April 1, 2013 under CANR News
Kaitlyn Lutz talks to UD students

Lutz, pictured to the right, talks to UD students

Before coming to the University of Delaware, Kaitlyn Lutz had never worked on a dairy farm. Now, as she finishes up her work as a veterinary resident at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, she is considering a clinical and consulting career, helping farmers with animal health needs and nutrient management planning.

Lutz has been in the residency program at the New Bolton Center in nearby Kennett Square, Pa., since 2012. She has worked in the field service section, mostly with livestock, a passion that originated when she was a UD undergraduate in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) studying in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences (ANFS).

Lutz explained that as an undergraduate, she traveled with Robert Dyer, associate professor of animals and food sciences to dairy farms to conduct research on lameness and realized that she wanted to work with livestock. “Prior to that trip I was planning to work with horses, but then Dr. Dyer basically started my interest in livestock,” said Lutz.

As a field service resident at New Bolton Center, Lutz explained that her days consist of taking students on rounds, covering various veterinary topics in the morning, then traveling to dairy farms. At the farms, she treats sick livestock and does general herd work, such as performing pregnancy checks.

“We also do small ruminant work, so often times we go and inspect sheep and goats in the afternoon or do small beef herds,” said Lutz. “So we kind of have a variety of things other than our weekly routine where we go to dairies, and all the time we have students with us who we’re teaching along the way.”

As for her favorite part of the residency, Lutz said that she relishes the opportunity to meet and talk with farmers. “Interacting with farmers, I learn a ton every day because they’re incredibly smart people. They have their hands in business and agriculture and economics, all at the same time, so you can learn a wealth of information from them.”

When it comes to doling out advice to current students at UD interested in veterinary medicine, Lutz said that it is imperative to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by CANR.

“There are so many clubs at Delaware and so many professors who are veterinarians or who have access to veterinarians that they can go shadow. They can go and get experience out on the farms or in small animal clinics and see what they’re really interested in, and make sure that veterinary medicine is indeed what they want to do.”

She isn’t shy about her affinity for UD either. “UD is by far the best institution in the United States. Whenever students are in the truck I tell them that. I loved it there and I think the program is great, and the kids should take advantage of every aspect of it that they can.”

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CANR holds symposium addressing global nutrient management issues

September 28, 2011 under CANR News

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted the fourth international symposium focusing on “Global Issues in Nutrient Management: Science, Technology and Policy,” from Aug. 21-24. Previous symposia were held in the Netherlands and China, hosted by Wageningnen University and China Agricultural University.

The international symposium addressed global issues and trends in nutrient management and focused on how agricultural management practices, technological advances and global or regional policies affect both nutrient use efficiency in the food chain and the quality of the environment in different parts of the world. More than 100 participants from six different countries attended the symposium.

Themes of the symposium included worldwide challenges in the management of nutrients to produce a safe and secure food supply while protecting the quality of the global environment; a focus on current issues and trends in nutrient management in China, the European Union and the United States; advances in nutrient management science and technology and the adaptation of recent innovations to meet global needs; and developing national and international policies for nutrient management in today’s rapidly changing global economy.

This year’s plenary speaker was Oene Oenema, a professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and an internationally recognized expert in the field of nutrient management and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, who said that he thought “there were very high quality presentations” at this year’s symposium.

Oenema arrived for the symposium a day early and was able to walk around the UD campus, which he described as looking “very rich, clean, new, and well maintained.”

Anjan Datta, program officer of the United Nations Environment Program who currently leads the Secretariat of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), also spoke at the symposium and he said that he thought the symposium offered a great “exchange of information” among experts doing research in different parts of the world. Dutta said that he thought “listening to and learning from different cases” was a very beneficial aspect of the symposium.

Participants spent four days listening to and participating in talks on diverse topics ranging from “Advances in Nutrient Management for Major Crops in China” to “Nutrient Management Challenges in Africa: Nutrient Scarcity and Soil Degradation Endanger Food Security.” During the symposium, participants were able to engage in discussions and debate a wide range of topics related to nutrient management science, technology and policy.

One highlight of the symposium included a keynote panel discussing the “Nutrient Management Challenges and Progress in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.” Panel participants included members from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

After listening to the keynote panel on Monday, the participants spent the last day of the symposium taking an up close look at the Chesapeake Bay, a highlight that was thoroughly appreciated, said one of the keynote speakers, Phil Jordan, principal scientist on the Agricultural Catchments Program for Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland, and a faculty member in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Ulster.

Jordan said he enjoyed the symposium for the range of topics presented from around the world. He added that he relished the opportunity to take a tour of the Chesapeake Bay as part of the symposium because “I heard a lot of the research [on the Chesapeake Bay] over the years so it’s nice to see these places rather than just read about them.”

The symposium was co-sponsored by UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the University of Pennsylvania, the Delaware Environmental Institute, China Agricultural University, Wageningen University, and UD’s Institute for Global Studies.

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