Two New Faculty Members
to Join MU CVM
On July 15, 2011, Jeffrey N. Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, will be appointed as an MU College of Veterinary Medicine associate professor, director of the Comparative Oncology Laboratory and section chief for oncology.
Bryan completed his undergraduate and veterinary studies at the University of California-Davis. After running a successful private practice in San Francisco, he returned to academia to complete a residency in oncology at the University of Missouri. He currently serves as an assistant professor at Washington State University.
Dr. John Dodam, chairman of the college’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, says, “Dr. Bryan is a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher, clinician and researcher. We anticipate that he will maintain our oncology group’s trajectory as one of the leading research teams in veterinary oncology. Moreover, we expect that he will work to increase further interactions between medical researchers, pharmacologists, and other scientists on campus to promote the one-health, one-medicine approach to discovery. His leadership skills and vision should also help lead our oncology team as it continues to grow and expand into new areas of research and service.”
Meera C. Heller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, will also be joining the faculty on Oct. 15, 2011.
Heller is currently an associate veterinarian and post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California-Davis, where she is a food animal medicine and surgery clinician in the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Large Animal Clinic. She also provides clinical and didactic instruction of residents and veterinary students.
Heller received her undergraduate education from Stanford University and completed her veterinary studies at the University of California-Davis.
Dodam described the value Heller’s experience will bring to the college, “Her background should lend itself well to what we do at MU: provide excellent clinical service to food animal clients, train our students to be excellent veterinarians, and discover new information for the next generation of veterinarians and livestock owners. We are excited to add Dr. Heller to our current faculty because her presence will complement those of our current faculty. Animal agriculture and food animal veterinary medicine is changing rapidly, and Dr. Heller's training and experience should help our section as they continue to develop their vision for the future.”
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