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Faculty and Staff

The College of Veterinary Medicine is currently under the leadership of Dean Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD. Other members of the College’s faculty and administrative staff are listed here with their contact information. For additional background information on selected faculty and staff, click on the name.

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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty, staff, and administrators are 100% focused on your success. We focus on inclusive teamwork at all levels to assure our students are prepared to provide expert, inclusive, value-based care. Because we attract diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators that thrive in an environment of humanistic health care education, our University culture creates the context for a nurturing and supportive environment. Students can expect to graduate from the institution having made deep, personal relationships within the University community.

  • Faculty Spotlight – 2021


    Linda KiddAPRIL 2021 – Dr. Linda Kidd DVM, PhD, DACVIM, has received a spotlight from the AKC CHF, recognizing her continuing achievements as a funded investigator. Specifically, the CHF points to her studies that have contributed to research that explore the  link between infection and immune-mediated disease…read more.



    MARCH 2021 – Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Dean for Research Dr. Dominique Griffon, DVM, MS, PhD, DECVS, DACVS, has received a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to improve access to the surgical treatment of cranial cruciate ligament disease in dogs… read more.



    FEBRUARY 2021 – Dr. Manel Lopez-Bejar, Executive Associate Dean at Western University of Health Science’s College of Veterinary Medicine completed a total of 17 publications, and 3 short communications, in 2020, while contending with the unique challenges that COVID-19 presented. As the pandemic ramped up and restrictions tightened, Dr. Lopez-Bejar discovered some of the most significant challenges that arose came from…read more.

  • Faculty Spotlight – 2020


    DR. DOMINIQUE GRIFFONJULY 2020 – Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine’s Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Dominique Griffon, announces the completion, and launch of the video “Biocompatibility and Application of Allogenic Canine Fascia Lata”. This video is based on a case series and in vitro study showing that allogenic canine fascia lata can be a suitable alternative for treating soft tissue defects in dogs….read more and view video abstract here.



    DR. GAGANDEEP KAURFEBRUARY 2020 – Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor Jijun Hao, PhD, and Associate Professor Dr. Gagandeep Kaur, DVM, PhD, have received a grant from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology to examine the sensitivity and specific of some ‘promising’ biomarkers to canine Atopic Dermatitis….read more.




    DR. MOHAMMAD MIRJANUARY 2020 – Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor Mohammad Mir, PhD, has received a $1.6 million Department of Defense (DoD) grant to identify new compounds to prevent replication of the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus in host cells. The project is titled “Therapeutic Intervention of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever: A Tick-Borne Viral Illness” and proposes…read more.

  • Faculty Spotlight – 2019


    Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor Yvonne Drechsler, PhD, has received a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to functionally annotate the chicken genome, which has wide-ranging implications for better understanding of genetic factors influencing growth, reproduction and disease resistance in production. More…