VCS and VTH Honor Outgoing Residents, Interns and Graduate Student

June 30, 2017

The Dauch Alumni Center provided the setting for the 2017 Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS) and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) in honor of outgoing residents, interns and a graduate student.  The event on June 22 attracted a crowd of faculty, colleagues and friends and family. 

Outgoing VCS residents (left-right) Dr. Alec Davern, Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius, Dr. Kyle Vititoe, Dr. Amy Yanke, Dr. Benjamin Bergstrom, Dr. Keiko Murakami, Dr. Carrie Fulkerson, Dr. Marine Traverson, Dr. Ewan Wolff and Dr. Kristen Marshall.

Outgoing VCS residents (left-right) Dr. Alec Davern, Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius, Dr. Kyle Vititoe, Dr. Amy Yanke, Dr. Benjamin Bergstrom, Dr. Keiko Murakami, Dr. Carrie Fulkerson, Dr. Marine Traverson, Dr. Ewan Wolff and Dr. Kristen Marshall.

Outgoing VTH interns and veterinary pharmacy resident (left-right): Dr. Steven McIntyre, Dr. Rothman Reyes, Dr. Mark Byrum, Dr. Laura Rayhel, Dr. Katheryn Cooley, Dr. Alexandra LaPorte, Dr. Kira Tyson, veterinary pharmacy resident, Shannon Grady, and Dr. Christopher Olmo.

Outgoing VTH interns and veterinary pharmacy resident (left-right): Dr. Steven McIntyre, Dr. Rothman Reyes, Dr. Mark Byrum, Dr. Laura Rayhel, Dr. Katheryn Cooley, Dr. Alexandra LaPorte, Dr. Kira Tyson, veterinary pharmacy resident Shannon Grady, and Dr. Christopher Olmo.

After a reception in the Spurgeon Hall of Spirit, everyone moved to the Prusiecki Banquet Room where VCS Department Head Catharine Scott-Moncrieff opened the recognition program.  “This is the time of year when we celebrate the accomplishments of a group of colleagues we’ve worked with really closely for the last one or three years,” Dr. Scott-Moncrieff said.  “So we’re saying goodbye to people who are colleagues who we really value. And we probably don’t say it enough around here, but I want to say a big ‘thank you’ from everyone in the college and particularly the department and the hospital for all the incredible work that our residents and interns do…I want to thank all of you for your dedication to your clients, for your hard work, those sleepless nights, everything you’ve done to make this the department and hospital that it is, and we really do appreciate you.”

Then Dr. Scott-Moncrieff introduced Dr. Jean Stiles, professor of ophthalmology and chair of the residency training committee, who encouraged the residents and interns to “…think of that one case that was so special to you during your time at Purdue, that dog or horse that was so sick when it came in, and was a very difficult case to work up but you got it back out of the hospital in better shape than it came in, and it was attached to clients who were grateful to you.  That would be the type of memory to take forward.”  Dr. Stiles added, “And hopefully you’ll have many more such cases in your career and those types of cases are what make you say, ‘this is why I wanted to become a veterinarian.’” 

Then the residents were each called to the podium with a mentor from their section.  The mentors shared stories and qualities they appreciated about each resident before presenting them with a certificate.  The outgoing 2017 residents are:

  • Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius – Oncology
  • Dr. Benjamin Bergstrom – Ophthalmology
  • Dr. Alec Davern – Large Animal Surgery (who will be joining the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital team in Shelbyville, Ind.)
  • Dr. Carrie Fulkerson – Diagnostic Imaging (who will be staying on as VCS faculty)
  • Dr. Kristen Marshall – Emergency and Critical Care
  • Dr. Keiko Murakami – Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. Marine Traverson – Small Animal Surgery
  • Dr. Kyle Vititoe – Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dr. Ewan Wolff – Small Animal Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Amy Yanke – Neurology

Next, the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital director, Dr. Duncan Hockley, spoke briefly, saying he was very appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the celebration of this milestone in the careers of both the interns and residents.  Then, Dr. Paula Johnson, clinical assistant professor of small animal emergency and critical care, spoke on behalf of the Intern Committee.  “An internship year has a very steep learning curve,” Dr. Johnson said.  “You learn a lot and that includes broadening your knowledge base where veterinary medicine is concerned as well as, and even more, learning a tremendous amount about yourself.”  Dr. Johnson commended the interns, saying, “…it’s definitely been a pleasure to participate in mentoring these guys, supporting them and watching them grow. It’s our hope that you will look back on your time here fondly in the years to come and will hold these experiences you deemed valuable close to your vest and be able to call on them when you need them.”

Dr. Johnson then introduced each of the outgoing interns and talked briefly about them and their plans before presenting them with their certificate.

The outgoing small animal internal medicine and surgery interns for 2017 are:

  • Dr. Mark Byrum, who is going on to complete a medical oncology residency at the University of Illinois;
  • Dr. Katheryn Cooley, who will be begin an emergency and critical care specialty internship at Iowa State University;
  • Dr. Alexandra LaPorte, who is going to be an emergency veterinarian at IndyVet Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis;
  • Dr. Steven McIntyre, who is going to be an emergency veterinarian at Colorado Veterinary Specialists and Animal ER in Littleton, Colo.;
  • Dr. Christopher Olmo, who will be working with a board certified radiologist at MedVet in Cincinnati;
  • Dr. Laura Rayhel, who will begin an internal medicine residency at The Ohio State University;
  • Dr. Rothman Reyes, who is going to an oncology specialty internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta.

The outgoing large animal internal medicine and surgery intern for 2017 is:

  • Dr. Kira Tyson, who is going to begin a residency in large animal internal medicine at Washington State University.

Also recognized during the program was the outgoing veterinary pharmacy resident, Shannon Grady, and a graduate student, Dr. Nurul Sulimai, who is from Malaysia and earned her veterinary degree at Putra University.  She will graduate in August with plans to return to Malaysia and work in the anesthesia group at Putra University’s teaching hospital.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

Assistant Professor of Comparative Oncology Michael Childress congratulations Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius on completing her oncology residency.

Associate Professor of Comparative Oncology Michael Childress congratulations Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius on completing her oncology residency.

Dr. Carrie Fulkerson, diagnostic imaging resident, with Dr. Jean Stiles, Dr. Hock Gan Heng, clinical associate professor of diagnostic imaging, and Dr. Chee Kin Lim, clinical assistant professor of Diagnostic Imaging.  Dr. Fulkerson will be joining the VCS faculty.

Dr. Carrie Fulkerson, diagnostic imaging resident, with (left - right) Dr. Jean Stiles, chair of the residency training committee; Dr. Hock Gan Heng, clinical associate professor of diagnostic imaging; and Dr. Chee Kin Lim, clinical assistant professor of diagnostic imaging. Dr. Fulkerson will be joining the VCS faculty.

Neurology resident Amy Yanke with (left-right) Dr. Jean Stiles and neurology clinicians, Dr. Talisha Moore and Dr. Stephanie Thomovsky.

Neurology resident Amy Yanke with (left-right) Dr. Jean Stiles and neurology clinicians, Dr. Talisha Moore and Dr. Stephanie Thomovsky.

Dr. Alec Davern, large animal surgery resident, with Dr. Jean Stiles, chair of the residency training committee, and Dr. Jan Hawkins, professor of large animal surgery.  Dr. Davern will be joining the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital Team.

Dr. Alec Davern, large animal surgery resident, with Dr. Jean Stiles and Dr. Jan Hawkins, professor of large animal surgery. Dr. Davern will be joining the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital team.

Dr. Gert Breur, professor of small animal surgery, congratulates VCS graduate student Nurul Sulimai, who will graduate in August.

Dr. Gert Breur, professor of small animal surgery, congratulates VCS graduate student Nurul Sulimai, who will graduate in August.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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