Welcome New Purdue Veterinary Medicine Residents

Friday 13th August 2021


Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes a new force of veterinarians who are taking the next step in their careers. The Departments of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Comparative Pathobiology as well as the Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory have won 18 new interns this summer who would like to receive further training in various specialist areas.

The three- to four-year residency programs serve to provide further training in a chosen subject area and to prepare for the specialist examination as well as research and teaching opportunities.

Please help to warmly welcome the newest residents of PVM:

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences residents:

Dr. Christy Buckley (Diagnostic Imaging) earned a DVM from the University of Missouri in 2018 before doing a rotating small animal internship, followed by a specialty internship in diagnostic imaging at Mississippi State University. Most recently, Dr. Buckley received a fellowship in Diagnostic Imaging from the Veterinary Imaging Center of San Diego.

DR. Peter Cho (Ophthalmology) graduated from Kansas State University with a DVM degree in 2020. Dr. Cho then completed a rotating small animal internship at Veterinary Centers of America (VCA).

Dr. Nicole Gibbs (Small Animal Internal Medicine) earned a DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 2020 before completing a rotating medical internship at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Satoshi Haginoya (Emergency & Critical Care) obtained a BVSc (DVM equivalent) from Kitasato University in Japan in 2015. Dr. Haginoya worked in a private practice before completing a rotating internship at Synergy Animal General Hospital in Japan and then continuing to work as a clinician. Haginoya then did internships in emergency and critical care medicine at the University of California, Davis and Washington State University.

Dr. D. Henre Honna (Large Animal Surgery) earned a DVM degree from the Royal Veterinary College of London before completing an internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in California.

Dr. Jordan James (Small Animal Surgery) earned a DVM degree from Ontario Veterinary College in 2019, followed by a small animal rotation internship and an internship in small animal surgery at Michigan State University.

DR. Eva Kao (Small Animal Internal Medicine) earned a DVM degree from National Taiwan University in 2015, followed by a Masters degree from Oklahoma State University in 2019. Dr. Kao then completed a rotating small animal internship at Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital in Oklahoma and a 1 year medical specialist in small animal internal medicine at Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada.

DR. Ellen Kürbitz (Oncology) earned a DVM degree from Ohio State University in 2020 before completing a rotating small animal internship at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Brad Lytle (Cardiology) earned a DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 2018 before completing a rotating small animal internship at the VCA Vet Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center. Dr. Lytle then worked as an emergency veterinarian at VCA South Shore for a year before completing an internship in cardiology at the VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center.

Dr. Carlos Mendez Valenzuela (Radiation Oncology) earned a DVM degree from the University of Guatemala in 2018 and spent a year as a clinical oncologist at Ortovet Veterinary Hospital in Guatemala before enrolling in a Masters program at Oxford University.

Dr. Levi Smith (Ophthalmology) graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in the 2020 DVM class, then did a rotating small animal internship at the University of Georgia before returning to Purdue.

Dr. Kate Spies (Small Animal Surgery) earned a DVM degree from Washington State University in 2019, then completed a rotating small animal internship at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine and a specialty surgical internship at WestVet Emergency and Specialty Center.

Dr. Go Togawa (Neurology) earned DVM and PhD degrees from Azabu University in Kanagawa, Japan, followed by a neurology internship at the University of Guelph and a rotating internship at the University of Saskatchewan.

DR. Deborah Vogt (Large Animal Internal Medicine) obtained a DVM degree and then completed a rotating internship in equine medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Dr. Vogt worked as a veterinary assistant in France and Switzerland before completing a major internship in internal medicine in animals at the University of Saskatchewan.

Department of Comparative Pathobiology Assistant Doctor:

DR. Zi-An “Alan” Yu (Clinical Pathology) earned a DVM degree from National Taiwan University in 2017 and then completed a rotating small animal internship at National Taiwan University Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Yu stayed in the hospital as a contract veterinarian in the Clinical Pathology Department before coming to Purdue.

Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory / Comparative Pathobiology Department Assistance:

DR. Ali Frankovich (Anatomical Pathology) earned a DVM degree from Mississippi State University. During his studies at the veterinary school, Dr. Frankovich participated in a summer research program on Gulf Coast Ticks.

Dr. Yue Xiang “Polly” Chen (Anatomic Pathology) earned a DVM degree from Michigan State University in 2021. Dr. Chen also completed a Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) certificate from Michigan State University before joining Purdue.

Dr. Nick Newsome (Avian Diagnostic) graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in the 2020 DVM class. The following year, Dr. Newsome proudly served as a public health veterinarian for the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at a turkey processing facility in Missouri.

Author (s):
Allison Gardner | pvmnews@purdue.edu