LMUs growing veterinary program adds new faculty

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HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine has welcomed four new faculty members in preparation for its incoming class of 2019 students pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Udine Christmann, Ph.D., D.A.C.V.I.M., B.V.Sc. joined LMU-CVM as an assistant professor of equine internal medicine. Originally from Belgium, Christmann graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Liege in Belgium. In 1997, she moved to the United States to pursue a residency program at Auburn University and became specialized in large animal internal medicine. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree at Virginia Tech in 2008. In 2009, she accepted a position as assistant professor at the Center for Imaging and Research on Equine Locomotor Affection which is part of the National Veterinary School of Alfort in Paris, France. She was responsible for the equine internal medicine and medical aspects of equine sports medicine consultations at the center. Christmann is in the process of finishing a master’s in public health program at Virginia Tech.

Vina Faulkner, Ph.D. was appointed an associate professor of veterinary medicine for LMU-CVM. Previously at LMU Faulkner served as dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. In her new role with LMU-CVM she will serve as the LMU-CVM representative to the Master of Science Graduate Council and is a member of the Pre-clinical Veterinary Medicine faculty. Dr. Faulkner has taught within the Biology and the Veterinary Health Science and Veterinary Medical Technology programs. Her academic background includes a Master of Science in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Tennessee, where she studied Comparative and Experimental Medicine. Her research interests include epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, including Toxoplasma gondii, and parasite surveys in wildlife. She has been a member of the LMU faculty since August 2001.

Beth Kitts-Morgan, Ph.D. joins LMU-CVM as an instructor of physiology. She is a native of Tazewell, Virginia, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia. Kitts-Morgan received her Master of Science in canine nutrition and a Doctor of Philosophy in ruminant nutritional physiology from University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Kitts-Morgan comes to LMU-CVM from Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, where she was an assistant professor in animal science. Her experiences at Berry College included teaching nutrition and physiology courses, conducting research, and advising undergraduate students planning to attend graduate and veterinary school.

Ashutosh Verma, Ph.D., B.V.Sc. is LMU-CVM’s new assistant professor of microbiology. Verma is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology and currently serves on the examination and graduate awards committees of the ACVM. His research interests include bacterial pathogenesis, development of novel diagnostic assays, and ecology of infectious diseases. He has published 25 peer-reviewed research papers and has co-authored two book chapters. He is an ad-hoc reviewer of several high-impact medical and veterinary journals. Verma earned his professional degree in veterinary medicine from the College of Veterinary Science in Hisar, India, and a Master of Veterinary Science in Animal Biotechnology from Madras Veterinary College in Chennai, India. He received a Ph.D. in veterinary science (microbiology) from the Gluck Equine Research Center, and did his post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky-College of Medicine.

A part of LMU-CVM’s mission is investing in quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs supported by superior faculty and technology.

“As the veterinary program at LMU-CVM continues to grow, we are thrilled to be able to add these outstanding faculty,” said LMU-CVM Dean Glen Hoffsis, D.V.M., M.S., D.A.C.V.I.M. “Their knowledge and experience will be an asset to students and the community as we prepare the next generation of veterinarians.”

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