College of Illinois School of Veterinary Drugs diploma for Maust

Ashley Mouss, daughter of Mark May and Heather May von Friedens, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in May 2021. The college is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the United States. Dr. Mouse is the wife of Shane Mouse of Peace.

Dr. Mouse and her fellow graduates in Class of 2021 were trained on an innovative veterinary curriculum pioneered in Illinois. Illinois curriculum focuses on integrating the clinical skills and basic science relevant to veterinary practice during the four-year doctoral program. In contrast to other veterinary curricula, students in the Illinois program spend 15 weeks during the first two years of study, embedded in veterinary practice areas and practicing clinical skills in an extensive learning center equipped with models and simulations.

Class 2021 has completed its veterinary studies in pandemic conditions since March 2020, when the on-campus experiences were temporarily replaced with virtual ones. They are to be commended for their remarkable resilience and dedication as they have adapted to many public health interventions that are not normally required for veterinary students.

Dr. Mouse graduated from Somerset Area Senior High School in 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2017.

Dr. Mouse has accepted the position of assistant veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Somerset County in Somerset. She is also the new owner of May’s Country Kennels in Peace.