In his high school yearbook Dr. Joseph Harari wrote beneath his senior picture that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He loved animals and saw veterinary medicine as an opportunity to alleviate their pain and suffering.
Thirty years later, Dr. Harari is a visiting associate professor of orthopedic small animal surgery at the College. He was appointed to the clinical medicine department in January.
Trained in surgery at the College during the mid-1980s, he said he is happy to teach in the College alongside some of his own professors. The return is “full of symbolism and emotion,” he said. “To pass on a gift given to me by the faculty here is rewarding.”
Dr. Harari teaches residents and veterinary students the art, science, and history of surgery. He had held a similar position for eight years at Washington State University, where he graduated cum laude as a veterinarian in 1980.
Dr. Harari has written two books: Surgical Complications and Wound Healing in 1993 and Manual of Small Animal Surgery in 1996. In addition, he has edited monographs on external fixation (1992) and osteochondrosis (1998).
At Washginton State, Dr. Harari organized a softball team of mostly faculty, staff, and students of the veterinary school. The team won the city championship in Pullman. In addition to playing softball, Dr. Harari enjoys watching college athletics and foreign films, reading, and writing.
Dr. Patricia Heine said that even as a child she wanted to become a veterinarian. So in high school she decided to work in a small animal veterinary clinic in her home town of Waverly, Iowa.
She is now a gross anatomy instructor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. She is also researching the role that the estrogen receptor of transgenic Estrogen Receptor Knock-Out (ERKO) mice plays in the development of obesity.
While a student at Occidental College, she was a teaching assistant for junior high and high school students at a school in downtown Los Angeles. “It was good to help students that otherwise didn’t get a lot of attention,” she said. “It sparked my interest in teaching.”
Dr. Heine received her veterinary degree from Iowa State University in 1995. Three years later she completed her doctorate there, in veterinary anatomy and neuroscience with an emphasis in reproductive neuroendocrinology, teaching zoology and anatomy courses during her studies. Dr. Heine was an All-American NCAA Division III athlete while studying at Occidental College. A member of the track and field team, she ran the half mile and mile relay.
“I enjoyed pushing myself to the limits to see how much I could accomplish,” said Dr. Heine, named All-American athlete three times. “It’s really neat to train hard, to see your body change, and to be a good competitor.”
She said she might run a half-marathon race in Indianapolis this fall. In addition to running, she enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing. n