Brookings Register | Juarez joins SDSU veterinary medication program

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BROOKINGS – Dr. Jessie Juarez recently joined the new South Dakota State University veterinary medicine career program as the Faculty Coordinator. Juarez joins SDSU from Iowa State University where she was a clinical assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be part of the development of a new professional veterinary program,” says Juarez. “I look forward to training future veterinarians who will make important contributions to veterinary medicine and public health at the local and national levels.”

In the state of Iowa, Juarez taught a variety of courses in the veterinary school’s professional curriculum and was the coordinator of the Clinical Skills Laboratory. She previously taught in the Iowa State Department of Animal Science.

Juarez received her Bachelor, Master, and DVM degrees from Iowa State. Upon graduation, she worked as an associate in a veterinary practice in Waupun, Wisconsin, where she focused on embryo transfer, herd health, ultrasound and surgery.

In her new role, she will be heavily involved in the admissions process as well as teaching students and coordinating the faculty for the new program.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Juarez on the leadership team of our new professional veterinary program,” said Dr. Gary Gackstetter, director of the program. “She brings a wealth of teaching and clinical experience as well as energy and innovative solutions to our program.”

The first cohort of students selected for the Veterinary Medicine Professional Program will begin teaching on the SDSU campus in Fall 2021. The new program is made possible by a formal collaborative arrangement whereby SDSU students admitted to the professional program complete the first two years of veterinary education at South Dakota State University and then for the final two years of study at the College of Veterinary Medicine ( UMN CVM) from the University of Minnesota. The collaborative program meets all the accreditation requirements of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council for Education for the UMN CVM accredited program.

During their studies at SDSU, students will have a rigorous yet enriched learning experience as the class size is intended to be small. The small class size is designed to allow students to have supportive learning communities and more hands-on experience working with food and pets, and to enable them to work closely in a world-class diagnostic facility with a dedicated faculty and scientific researchers.

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