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


Clearing the confusion on ‘factory farms’
May 31, 2017

The term “factory farm” (I call it the “double F bomb”) has become a catch-all for everything that some people perceive as being wrong with modern agriculture. A recent New York Times op-ed contains much misinformation about today’s farming technology, the healthfulness of meat, and the environmental impact of producing food from animals.

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When science and some consumers are on opposite sides of an issue
May 9, 2017

There’s strong evidence antibiotics used in livestock and poultry are not driving antibiotic resistance in humans, that responsible use of antibiotics minimizes agriculture’s environmental impact, and unsafe antibiotic residue in food from animals is uncommon. While science is the foundation of those findings, and decision-making processes people use to form opinions are complex, it can be discouraging when groups or individuals choose to support science only when it agrees with issues upon which they’ve made up their minds.

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FDA approves animal drugs, too; rigorous process followed
April 21, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration not only has an intensive approval process for drugs for animals that’s similar to the approval human drugs undergo, but the FDA performs additional studies on drugs for food-producing animals not required for human drugs to be sure meat, milk and eggs are safe for us to consume, and that the drugs are safe for the environment. This process is intended to ensure public health.

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