Where are they now?

Our alumni are going places. The College extends a hearty congratulations to those listed below who recently made exciting career moves.

Jagjit S. Brar imageJagjit S. Brar, DVM, ’78 MS, was recently honored with the Lifetime Merit Award by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) at the CVMA annual meeting on December 12, 2018, in Oakbrook, Ill. Brar has been a veterinarian for more than 55 years. He has owned Dorchester Animal Hospital in Chicago for more than 37 years and Palos Pet Clinic in Palos Hills, Ill., for 14 years.

He has served as secretary, vice president, and president of Chicago Veterinary Medicine Association. Now, he is president of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional regulations for Veterinary Board. Brar was Executive Board member of Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association for three years. He was also a member of Cook County Executive Board University of Illinois Extension and chair of the nomination committee for 4 years.

He has received many awards for his services to the profession of veterinary medicine and the community. Brar was honored with service meritorious awards from Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni, and also by Chicago Veterinary Medical Association.

Juan Samper, ’86 MS, ’90 PhD, was recently appointed associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. Samper is a board certified theriogenologist and was formerly associate dean at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Samithamby Jeyaseelan, ’01 PhD, is now the William Jenkins Professor in Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. Jeyaseelan is the Principal Investigator on a new $11.5 million NIH program to establish the Center for Lung Biology and Disease. Read more

Molly McCue, DVM, MS, ’07 PhD, professor in the Department of Population Medicine, was recently named interim associate dean of research at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The associate dean of research is charged with leading the research mission of the College, implementing the CVM’s research strategic plan, and reviewing the current functions of this position and the office of the associate dean of research.

Jing Du, ’17 PhD, is a postdoctoral scientist with Susan Quaggin, MD, at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.