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2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Veterinary Sciences

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Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory
(307) 766-9925
FAX: (307) 721-2051
Web site:
Department Head: Jonathan Fox


HOLLY ERNEST, B.Sc. Cornell University 1980; M.S. Ohio State University 1982; D.V.M. 1986; Ph.D. University of California, Davis 2001; Professor of Veterinary Sciences, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Disease Ecology 2014.

JONATHAN H. FOX, B.Sc., B.VSc. University of Liverpool, UK 1993; Ph.D. Virginia Tech 2002; Associate Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2008; Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2016.

WILLIAM W. LAEGREID, B.S. Washington State University 1980; M.S. Washington State University 1984; D.V.M. Washington State University 1985; Ph.D. Washington State University 1988; Professor, Director of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory 2012.

DONAL T. O’TOOLE, M.V.B. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 1977; Ph.D. Colorado State University 1982; Professor of Veterinary Sciences 1998, 1990.

Associate Professors:

GERARD P. ANDREWS, B.S. Pennsylvania State University 1980; M.S. University of New Hampshire 1983; Ph.D. Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences 1993; Associate Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2011, 2004.

TODD E. CORNISH, B.S. University of California-Davis 1990; D.V.M. 1994; Ph.D. University of Georgia 1999; Associate Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2005, 1999.

MYRNA M. MILLER, B.S. Colorado State University 1980; D.V.M. 1984; Ph.D. Cornell University 2005; Associate Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2016, 2010.

KERRY SONDGEROTH, B.A. University of New Hampshire 1997; D.V.M. Colorado State University 2006; Ph.D. Washington State University 2013; Assistant Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2014. Associate Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2020. 

Assistant Professors:

BERIT BANGOURA, D.V.M. Leipzig University 2003; Ph.D. 2008; Ph.D. 2015; Diplomate EVPC 2014; Assistant Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2017.

JENNIFER L. MALMBERG, B.S. Doane University 2004; M.A. Chadron State University 2013; Ph.D. Colorado State University 2018; Assistant Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2019.

ELIZABETH CASE, B.S. Oklahoma State University 2002; Ph.D. University of California-Irvine 2010; Assistant Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2020.

Clinical Assistant Professor:

JACQUELINE P. KURZ, B.S. Cornell University 2006; B.V.M.&S. Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburg, UK 2010; Ph.D. Utah State University 2018; Clinical Assistant Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2020.

Adjunct Professor:

GEOFFREY J. LETCHWORTH, B.S. Trinity College 1965; D.V.M. New York State College of Veterinary Medicine 1972; Ph.D. Cornell University 1980; Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2001.

SAMANTHA ALLEN, BSc and MSc University of Guelph 2007 and 2010; DVM Ontario Veterinary College 2014; PhD University of Guelph 2021; Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Sciences 2021. 

Professors Emeritus

E. Lee Belden, Francis D. Galey, Bill Jolley, Merl Raisbeck, Lynn Woodard

The Department of Veterinary Sciences and the Department of Animal Science have combined their efforts to offer B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in animal and veterinary science (see listing under this title). Several options within the major are available including preveterinary medicine and animal biology. Undergraduate course offerings of the Department of Veterinary Sciences are listed under the title of pathobiology. They were designed to familiarize students with the principles of animal disease and the basic biological and biomedical sciences.

The department operates the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory, an animal disease diagnostic laboratory ( This laboratory provides valuable hands-on experience for students interested in laboratory animal care, laboratory procedures, and research. Excellent faculty mentors are available for students interested in preveterinary medicine, microbiology, and animal biology.


Animal and Veterinary Sciences

The Department of Animal Science and the Department of Veterinary Sciences have combined their efforts to offer several degree options leading to the bachelor of science degree in animal and veterinary science. Courses in animal science, food science, and pathobiology are the core offerings in the various options. Agriculture, in its broadest definition, is the nation’s largest industry. Livestock production is Wyoming’s largest agricultural enterprise. Animal agriculture and its associated industries offer many opportunities for the interested student. Whether a student is interested in production livestock, allied fields such as meat science, business or animal health, or wants to apply to a college of veterinary medicine, the degree tracks offered will form the basis for a challenging career in animal agriculture/biology. The various options provide maximum flexibility to meet the changing needs of students and their employers. For students interested in pursuing advanced research, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered.

Several degree options allow for specialization and graduate or professional school preparation. A brief description of each option and the educational opportunities they provide is given with the course requirements. A grade of C or better must be earned in the following courses when the courses are required in the individual option for completion of the degree: ANSC 3010, 3100, 4120, 4540, 4630; FDSC 3060, PATB 4110, PATB 4111, LIFE 1010, 2022.

Students are encouraged to participate in activities related to their degree option. The university has livestock, horse and meats judging teams. Each team travels and participates in at least one major exposition a year. Each year, the Academic Quadrathalon competition is held, combining practical and classroom skills for students. Field trips, as practical teaching aids in many classes, are scheduled throughout the year. Internships are available to gain practical experience. Student organizations such as the Block and Bridle Club, Food Science Club, Microbiology Club, Range Club, the Pre-vet Club, Wyoming Collegiate Cattlemens Association, and the Ranch Horse Team provide additional educational and recreational opportunities.

Graduate Study

The Department of Veterinary Sciences offers advanced study leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy in animal and veterinary science. Areas of emphasis include: pathology, molecular diagnostics, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, epidemiology, immunology, and toxicology of wild and domestic animals.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Open to students with a bachelor of science degree who meet the requirements set forth in this Catalog.

Recommended prerequisites include: chemistry, biochemistry, animal anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology, and introductory statistics.

Preferred Requirements

Competitive applicants for either degree program will have a GPA 3.250 or higher and high GRE scores (153 verbal, 149 quantitative, 302 total using best composite scores).




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