PVM Welcomes New Class of Clinical Residents

Friday, July 26, 2019

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newest group of residents join together for a group photo in the Lynn Hall Courtyard
Purdue Veterinary Medicine welcomes the newest class of clinical residents (front row, left-right) Drs. Jenni Auvinen, Meera Ramesh, Karena Tang, and Theodore Chang; (middle row, left-right) Drs. Sara Ostenkamp, Jennifer Peterson, and Janet Roque-Torres; (top row, left-right) Drs. Ahmed Khairoun, Bushra Zaidi, Ana Carolina Fonseca Pinto, and Luis Lembcke.

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes eleven veterinarians seeking advanced specialty training in the Departments of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Comparative Pathobiology. The incoming residents began orientation on Monday, July 15. The three-year residency program provides advanced training in a chosen specialty and fulfills the requirements for earning certification as specialists, while also offering research and teaching opportunities.  After earning their DVM degree (or equivalent) veterinarians must complete an internship or comparable private practice experience before applying to the program.

The new residents join ten different specialty sections in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, while also completing graduate studies through the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences or Department of Comparative Pathobiology.  Joining the Veterinary Clinical Sciences’ residents in the orientation program is Department of Comparative Pathobiology resident Karena Tang, who will work in the Clinical Pathology Laboratory with Dr. Craig Thompson seeking advanced training in clinical pathology.

Please help welcome the following veterinarians to the Purdue Veterinary Medicine family:

Dr. Jenni Auvinen | Large Animal Internal Medicine

Dr. Auvinen comes to Purdue from Moore Equine in Canada where she recently completed a rotating equine internship after finishing an internship at the University of Calgary in 2018.  Dr. Auvinen earned her BVMedSci (Hons) degree in 2015 and BVM BVS (Hons) degree in 2017, respectively, from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Theodore Chang | Radiation Oncology

Dr. Chang earned his DVM degree in 2017 from Michigan State University. He went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at the VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury in New York in 2018 before gaining additional training through an oncology specialty internship at Michigan State University.

Dr. Ahmed Khairoun | Large Animal Surgery

Dr. Khairoun is a familiar face around Lynn Hall, as he completed a large animal surgery internship in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital earlier this summer. He earned his DVM degree in 2013 from the Agronomic and Veterinary Institute Hassan II followed by an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the American Fondouk, both in Morocco. Dr. Khairoun then completed an additional equine medicine and surgery internship at the National Veterinary School of Lyon in France in 2015 and an equine surgery internship at the Milton Equine Hospital in Canada in 2016.  He came to Purdue in 2018 after working in Morocco as a senior veterinarian at the American Fondouk.

Dr. Luis Lembcke | Oncology

Dr. Lembcke earned his MV degree (Medico Veterinario) in 2009 from the Scientific University of the South in Peru and a PhD from the University of Tennessee in 2014.  He then served as an instructor and clinical and research associate at Lincoln Memorial University and staff veterinarian at The Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Tennessee before coming to Purdue.

Dr. Sara Ostenkamp | Cardiology

Dr. Ostenkamp completed a cardiology internship in the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital earlier this summer. Before coming to Purdue, she also completed a rotating internship at Colorado State University in 2018. Dr. Ostenkamp earned her DVM degree in 2017 at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Jennifer Peterson | Small Animal Surgery

Dr. Peterson recently completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri. She earned her DVM degree from St. George’s University in 2018.

Dr. Ana Carolina Fonseca Pinto | Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Pinto earned her DVM degree in 1995 from the University of São Paulo in Brazil.  She then worked in private practice as a veterinary radiologist before returning to the University of São Paulo where she earned a Master of Science degree in 1999 and worked as an assistant professor while also earning a PhD degree and was then promoted to PhD professor and later associate professor. Dr. Pinto completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee and Purdue University.

Dr. Meera Ramesh | Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Ramesh earned her BVSc degree from Madras University in India in 2015. She then completed a PAVE evaluated clinical experience in 2018 at the University of Missouri.  Dr. Ramesh joins PVM from Arizona where she recently completed a small animal rotating internship at the Arizona Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Center.

Dr. Janet Roque-Torres | Small Animal Internal Medicine

Dr. Roque-Torres returns to Purdue where she earned her DVM degree in 2018.  She most recently completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Karena Tang | Clinical Pathology

Dr. Tang earned her DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2019.

Dr. Bushra Zaidi | Oncology

Dr. Zaidi earned a Master of Arts degree in 2009 from Columbia University and a DVM degree from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  She then completed a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York and worked as an emergency veterinarian in specialty hospitals before completing an oncology internship at the Animal Cancer Care Clinic in Florida.

Writer(s): Allison Carey | pvmnews@purdue.edu

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