Hello, I’m Dr. Larry Ludemann and I’m a Senior Staff Veterinarian for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB). It’s our job to make sure veterinary biologics, including vaccines, are safe, pure, potent and effective.
My duties include reviewing and licensing veterinary vaccines. Manufacturers looking for approval on a vaccine are required to submit supporting data and reports about the vaccine for analysis. I am responsible for writing a response to this submitted information. Before taking my current position, I also spent 13 years in the CVB testing lab. Read more »
Hello, I’m Dr. Suelee Robbe Austerman. I work at USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
Agriculture has always been my first love. I grew up on a ranch, but like many girls of my generation, there were limited opportunities to become part of the operation. During college, I fell in love with veterinary medicine – as I could combine my interests in agriculture and science. I spent my first six years out of vet school in large animal practice in South Dakota. Then, I taught food supply veterinary medicine at Iowa State while working on my Masters and PhD. While working on my PhD, I joined USDA’s Agriculture Research Service working on Johne’s disease. Read more »
Hi, I’m Dr. Sunny Geiser and I’m in the Area Veterinarian in Charge (AVIC) trainee program in USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Western Region. I’m currently stationed in Fort Collins, CO.
I grew up with horses and livestock and always enjoyed working with them. The medical aspect of their care fascinated me, so I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After vet school, I worked in both private practice and state regulatory medicine before joining APHIS. There’s a broader role to regulatory medicine and it feels like you are doing a greater service. Read more »
I’m Dr. Beverly Schmitt. I work for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, where I’m the Director of the Diagnostic Virology Lab (DVL). I’ve been with NVSL for 19 years. Before I came to APHIS, I served as the virology lab manager at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Veterinary Diagnostic Center.
Becoming a veterinarian was a gradual process for me. When I was growing up, there was a vet who routinely came to our family farm. I respected the work he did and liked working with animals, so I eventually looked into becoming a veterinary technician, and then made the decision to try to get into veterinary school. Read more »
I’m Brian McCluskey, Chief Epidemiologist for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services. I’ve been with APHIS for more than 20 years and served in many different capacities.
I decided to become a veterinarian during my junior year in college, as a way to combine my interests in science, medicine and dairy cows. As soon as I graduated and went into practice working with dairy cows, I found my skills challenged right away! In my first five calls for calving assistance, four of them involved uterine torsions. Now, this is a rare condition with a twist in the uterus making it difficult for the calf to come out. I was able to successfully handle the calls, but I was really questioning my career choice at the time. Read more »
Hi, I’m Dr. Shanna Siegel, a Veterinary Medical Officer with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). I have been working for APHIS for the past 3 years on import and export matters here in Georgia. After finishing vet school I worked as a small animal practitioner in a semi-rural practice while earning my Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree. Upon completion of my MPH, I worked as a laboratory researcher. My current job allows me to follow my passion for helping both animals and people.
When I was young, I wanted to spend time with animals but my mother was allergic to them. When I turned 12, I began volunteering at a local vet clinic. I continued to work in clinics through college with the intention of going to vet school. A specific class I took during my undergraduate years, entitled “People, Plagues and Parasites,” refocused my career ambitions on working with animal diseases and public health. Read more »