In this spotlight series, we are featuring alumni speakers who are presenting at the 2016 Fall Conference for Veterinarians. Register now for Fall Conference or view other alumni speaker profiles; more will be added each week leading up to the conference!
Jamie Stewart (DVM ’13)
University of Illinois
Fall Conference Presentation
Updates on Breeding Soundness Exams in Male Ruminants
What is your current position and how long have you held it?
I am a 2nd-year Theriogenology Resident at the University of Illinois. I began my residency after a two-year internship here in the Agriculture Animal Care and Use Program.
What is your favorite memory from veterinary school?
I will always remember being on the week-long cervid rotation during my 2nd year. I got to ride around with Dr. Shipley to several different deer farms to assist with his laparoscopic artificial inseminations (LAI). It was the longest and most exhausting week I had prior to 4th-year rotations, but I learned so much about LAI and the deer farming industry. That is how I first met Dr. Shipley, and eventually he offered me my first job as a large animal intern, which became a crucial starting point in my career. Since I began my residency, he has been teaching me to do the LAI myself and even let me perform some on his personal deer last fall!
What are you looking forward to at this year’s Fall Conference?
This is my first time presenting at a conference, so I am really excited about being able to share some knowledge about one of my favorite things to do in clinical practice, breeding soundness exams (BSEs). From working in a referral hospital, we get the unique aspect of having both routine BSEs and those that are referred from private practice because they are abnormal. This provides me with a different perspective of what screening methods can be used by general practitioners and how they can make recommendations based on the results.
What is the most memorable/unique aspect of your career so far? Or, what are you most proud of in your career?
I have found that as I become more experienced as a clinician, the more questions I develop. With this perspective, I have become fascinated with conducting clinically-relevant research projects in food animal reproduction. Being at a university, I have had many unique opportunities available to me that have resulted in several well-received publications. I am proud to be a contributor to the field of theriogenology early in my career and can’t wait to continue on with some of the other projects I have in mind.
Do you have any animals?
Yes; I have one dog, two cats, a box turtle, and a Brown Swiss heifer!
What makes a great veterinary conference experience?
A diverse set of speakers who can cover topics that practitioners need to stay up-to-date on is most important. Secondly is the ability to reconnect with old classmates and network with other clinicians!