AMARILLO and LUBBOCK, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from Texas Tech University:
Throughout her life, in one way or another, Jennifer Koziol has been immersed in large animal health care.
Growing up on his family ranch in Oklahoma, Koziol worked with the local veterinarian to treat both the herd and the individual cattle on that ranch. There, as a child, she realized that she wanted to become a veterinarian, and at the same time, she also developed a love for science and the livestock industry.
Since then, everything has driven Koziol to pursue veterinary medicine to advance the industry and inspire the next generation of veterinarians. This reader brings him to Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo (SVM) as an associate professor of bovine medicine and surgery.
âI am very happy to join the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine,â Koziol said. âAs a person from a rural community, I am passionate about helping to train young vets who can return and thrive in these communities. The agricultural industry is changing rapidly, as is the veterinary industry, and the demand for food animal veterinarians is strong. It is very exciting for me to focus on setting up veterinarians in rural and regional communities and helping them develop and hone skills in medicine, surgery and reproduction of food animals that give them the basics for success throughout their career.
Koziol joins the SVM after spending the past five years as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Theriogenology and Production Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University College of Medicine. A certified theriogenologist, she is an expert in animal reproduction and has worked in all areas of the beef industry, from cow-calf care to feedlot health.
âDr. Koziol lives out our mission to serve rural and regional communities,â said Guy Loneragan, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. âShe knows firsthand what makes them tick, and now she will help train students from these communities to make a difference in these communities after graduation. His experience and expertise with livestock is so important to what we do. Beef production has been the lifeblood of Texas and the West for so long. We are delighted to have Jennifer on our wonderful team.
Koziol received his bachelor’s (2009) and doctorate in veterinary medicine (2012) from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree from Auburn University in 2016.
She began a one-year comparative theriogenology internship program at the College of Veterinary Sciences at Iowa State University before completing a three-year comparative theriogenology residency at Auburn’s Department of Clinical Sciences in 2016. She is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in both Oklahoma. and Indiana.
Koziol is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), Society for Theriogenologists (SFT), American College of Theriogenologists (ACT), and Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association.
âDr. Koziol brings strengths in multi-species breeding, expertise in bull breeding soundness reviews and a defined focus on beef cattle,â said Jean Dascanio, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. âShe has a personal experience on a ranch that will allow her to understand and broaden the backgrounds of our students and the mission of the School of Veterinary Medicine. I really look forward to having a colleague who specializes in reproductive education and research like me.
Koziol joins a growing and dynamic team of faculty and staff at SVM. More team members will continue to be added over the coming months as the school prepares to welcome its inaugural class.
About the School of Veterinary Medicine
Thanks to the generosity of Amarillo and communities across Texas and the commitment of lawmakers statewide, the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo was established in 2018. In March 2021, the school has achieved the all-important status of Provisional Accreditation from the Board of Education (COE) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and is expected to welcome its first class of students in August.
The School of Veterinary Medicine will recruit and select students who are passionate about serving rural and regional communities. Its curriculum focuses on the skills and abilities needed to be successful in the types of practices that support these communities. Texas Tech’s innovative and cost-effective model partners with the broader veterinary practice community across the state to provide hands-on, clinical experiential learning.
(Texas Tech University press release)