Meet the Vet


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Meet the Vet


About Me

Consumers are becoming more interested than ever before in their food and how it is produced. Their questions deserve to be answered in a non-defensive, open and honest dialogue. I look forward to engaging in this dialogue and would be happy to answer your questions, as well. My email address is

When it comes to antibiotics, as the mother of three, it is vitally important to me to ensure they are effective when needed most: when one of my kids is sick. As a veterinarian with 20 years of experience, it is also important to acknowledge the value of antibiotics to the welfare of animals and safety of our food.

I took an oath when I became a veterinarian to protect animal health, prevent animal suffering, and to promote human health. Twenty years later, I still take this oath very seriously.

Quick Facts
  • Lives on family farm in Ohio with husband and three daughters
  • A mission trip to Haiti, seeing hungry and malnourished people, coupled with a love for animals, led to career in veterinary medicine and focus on food production
  • Hired by Phibro Animal Health as part of the company’s commitment to encourage and support open dialogue
  • Received 2013 NIAA President’s Award
  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Animal Health Association and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)
  • Former Assistant State Veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Commissioned by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to conduct on-farm drug tissue residue investigations
  • Specially trained in biosecurity and disease recognition as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician
    • “…I chose a career that allowed me to play a
      supporting role in supplying food to the world,
      while also working to keep animals healthy.”

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Check out my blog posts


Organizations worldwide work together to fight antibiotic resistance
February 12, 2018

Is anyone paying attention to antibiotic resistance? You might wonder during lulls between headlines whether others share your concern about antibiotics working when you or your kids need them. Don’t be concerned. All may seem quiet, but beneath the surface is a worldwide network of agencies and programs keeping close watch and working to address antibiotic resistance.

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National recognition for doing it right
January 29, 2018

Food-industry website recognized U.S. chicken producer Sanderson Farms as 2017 Food Company of the Year for its principled stance on antibiotic use in poultry production. Sanderson believes using antibiotics when medically necessary benefits food safety and improves animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Sanderson exhibits transparency in agriculture and food production which increases consumer trust and confidence.

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The role of antibiotics in addressing food insecurity
January 22, 2018

America’s public research universities are leading an initiative to address world hunger and malnutrition. The Challenge of Change Commission outlined seven challenges for public universities to address to help achieve global food and nutrition security. Food-system veterinarian Leah Dorman believes the responsible use of antibiotics in food production can be part of the solution.

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