Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni e-Newsletter APRIL 2017 edition

How to Have Five Careers in One: Dana Dobbs’ Story

There are so many career options in veterinary medicine, it can be hard to pick just one. Small animal or large? Private or public? Tiger surgery or acupuncture? But Ross grads like Dana Dobbs, DVM ’06 prove that it’s possible to follow your dream—and then another dream—and another.

For example, since earning her DVM, Dr. Dobbs has…

  • traveled on a humanitarian mission to Kosovo as part of the U.S. Veterinary Corps;
  • earned a Bronze Star for her service in Afghanistan as a subject matter expert in animal health;
  • assumed command of a brand-new veterinary unit at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington;
  • helped suppress an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)
  • investigated animal abuse and neglect cases

(And that’s not even counting her days as a virologist, police officer and detective before she went to Ross!)

We chatted with Dr. Dobbs about her many lives and how they all came together for her.

Dustin Zimmer Keeps the Good Vibes Flowing in Austin Clinic

Alumnus Dustin Zimmer, DVM ’00 worked at nearly 20 animal hospitals before buying a practice with his wife in 2014. Together, the two now run the BEEVET Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas. Since the early days of BEEVET, Dr. Zimmer has gone above and beyond to make the clinic a welcoming place for patients.

“To help make pets more relaxed, we use calming smells like lavender, playing soothing music, using minimal restraint, and going slower with them during exams so they feel more comfortable,” says Dr. Zimmer. “These kinds of things take a little more time, but the end result is that the client and pet feel valued. The pet goes home and their tail is wagging rather than tucked between their legs.”

Although owning a practice can present plenty of challenges, Dr. Zimmer has found the RUSVM Alumni Facebook group to be a great resource whenever he has questions about business or an unusual case. “As a vet you’re always looking for answers, and usually someone out there has seen it,” he says.

“Because St. Kitts is much smaller than the U.S., students have a bigger opportunity to effect real change”

Why These Students Care About One Health (And Think You Should, Too)

They may be studying veterinary medicine, but these Ross students are just as passionate about people and the environment as they are their furry friends. The Ross One Health Club is a veritable outpouring of student enthusiasm for preserving the health of the planet and its inhabitants.

“I’ve always just tried to figure out how I can help humans and animals and the world, because it’s where we live,” says Laura Bradley, vice president of the club. “I didn’t know that there was a word for it until Professor [Christa] Gallagher, who happens to be the club supervisor, brought it up in one of my first lectures here. I joined and became so motivated that I’m now vice president!”

While One Health is a worldwide movement, Bradley feels especially fortunate that she gets to be involved here at Ross. The club’s upcoming plans include researching how trash is managed on St. Kitts, collaborating with neighboring schools such as the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and conducting more education and outreach.

“Because St. Kitts is much smaller than the U.S., students have a bigger opportunity to effect real change,” Bradley says. “It’s really a rare opportunity. If our members voice their ideas to improve campus and the island, we have the ability to put them into action and they can actually see the change that they helped to create.”

WIVC 2017

Mark your calendars to return to the beautiful island of St. Kitts for the 2017 West Indies Veterinary Conference. Sessions to include topics such as Small Animal/Pocket Pets, Exotics, Equine, Production Animals, and Business Management & Wellness in the profession.


Ross is proud to announce that Dr. Mark Stetter of Colorado State University will deliver the keynote lecture at WIVC 2017. This year's sessions will include topics such as Small Animal/Pocket Pets, Exotics, Equine, Production Animals, Business Management, and Wellness in the profession.


  • Dr. John Anastasio: Emergency and Critical Care
  • Dr. Fairfield Bain: Equine Medicine
  • Dr. David Bartram: Wellness in the Profession; Veterinary Business Management
  • Dr. Katherine Chope: Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dr. Jim Flanders: Small Animal Surgery
  • Dr. Hilari French: Bovine Reproduction
  • Dr. Jose Garcia: Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dr. Klibs Galvão and Dr. Julio Giordano: Bovine (dairy) Health, Reproduction and Economics
  • Dr. Rob Gilbert: Bovine Reproduction
  • Dr. Sydney Moise: Small Animal Ultrasound Techniques and Cardiology
  • Dr. Michael Podell: Small Animal Neurology
  • Dr. Juan Samper: Equine Sports Medicine
  • Dr. Mark Stetter: Wellness in the Profession
  • Dr. Don Thrall and Dr. Mary Anna Thrall: Small Animal Imaging and Laboratory Diagnostics
  • Dr. Peter Weinstein: Veterinary Business Management


A limited number of places are available to join instructor Dr. N. Sydney Moise, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Professor of Medicine–Cardiology at Cornell University for a mix of lectures and hands-on practice in a special echocardiographic wet lab during the West Indies Vet Conference.



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Thank you to Our Alumni Volunteers!

As we come to the end of our spring recruitment season and look towards the fall, the RUSVM Alumni Association wants to say a big thank-you to all of our alumni who helped drive enrollment for RUSVM. Whether you spoke at an information seminar or on a college campus, emailed prospective students, or wrote students letters of recommendation for the inaugural Alumni Legacy Scholarship, you helped bring the Ross experience to life and we couldn’t do it without you!

There are always opportunities for alumni to be engaged with RUSVM!

Looking ahead to the summer and fall, there are always opportunities for alumni to be engaged with RUSVM. If you would like to volunteer at an information seminar or speak to prospective students in your area, please email to request information about becoming an alumni ambassador.

scholarship nominations

Know an aspiring veterinarian who might be a good fit at Ross? He or she may qualify for our new Alumni Legacy Scholarship, and you can help by writing a letter of recommendation!

Want to update your information in our alumni database, submit a class note, or suggest a story idea?

West Indies Veterinary Conference (WIVC)St. Kitts, West Indies | Saturday, November 4th - Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Save the Date: Alumni Reunion at the AVMA Convention | Indianapolis, IN | Friday, July 21st, 2017

Do you have some free time to give to your alma mater? Would you like to share the value of your education with prospective students and their families? Are you looking for a meaningful way to volunteer? Become an Alumni Ambassador today!

As Ross alumni, we know that you have pride in our institution. Who better than you to identify and recommend potential candidates whose skills and passion align with our mission? If you know someone who may be interested in working at our institution, please help us make the connection.

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