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Vet Med Awards Advanced Degrees

Thursday, May 7 2015

OSU’s Veterinary Center Awards Advanced Degrees

On May 8, 2015, five individuals will receive advanced degrees in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program provides multidisciplinary studies with a broad base to address individual student interests in animal health and biomedical research. 

The program requires applicants to have a bachelor’s degree or DVM degree prior to admission and offers several options for students to work with faculty to conduct original research. This year’s graduates are earning a master’s degree or PhD with three being alumni of OSU’s veterinary center—Drs. Nate Mueller (’08), Lindsay Starkey (’11) and Chase Whitfield (’11).

Earning degrees are the following:

  • Patricia Coutinho de Souza, DVM, PhD, mentored by Drs. Rheal Towner with Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Jerry Ritchey with the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at OSU’s veterinary center
  • Nate Mueller, DVM, MS, mentored by Dr. Jerry Malayer, associate dean for research and graduate education at OSU’s veterinary center
  • Lindsay Starkey, DVM, PhD, mentored by Dr. Susan Little, OSU Regents Professor, Krull-Ewing Endowed Chair in Veterinary Parasitology at OSU’s veterinary center and co-director of the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology
  • Chase Whitfield, DVM, MS, mentored by Dr. Michael Schoonover, assistant professor of equine surgery at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital
  • Li Zhang, MS, PhD, mentored by Dr. Lin Liu, OSU Regents Professor, Lundberg-Kienlen Professorship in Biomedical Research at OSU’s veterinary center.

For more information about graduate degree options at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, contact   

Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 |