CVM Educational Support Group

Do you need education support quick? 

Email the CVM Education Support Group at cvmces@umn.edu for support on topics ranging from course design and presentation to technology and classroom info. Response time is usually within 24 hours. 

For immediate classroom or technology assistance dial 6-7800

(612-626-7800 off campus) 

Dr. Peggy Root Kustritz

Dr. Peggy Root Kustritz

Dr. Peggy Root Kustritz is a 1987 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in small animal private practice in the Twin Cities for several years, she returned to the University of Minnesota, completing a residency in theriogenology. She achieved board certification in theriogenology in 1994, and completed a PhD in theriogenology in 1995. In 2015, she completed a Master's in Medical Education. She currently is employed as a professor in small animal reproduction and also serves as Assistant Dean of Education at the College. She is the author of several veterinary texts and one text for dog breeders and is a frequent speaker for lay and veterinary audiences.

Dr. Erin Malone

Dr. Erin Malone

Dr. Erin Malone obtained her DVM from NCSU and her PhD from UMN. She was in private mixed animal practice for 2 years between her internship at Ontario Veterinary College and her large animal surgery residency at the UMN. She has been teaching since high school and is still working to get better at it. She has taken courses in adult education and is particularly interested in backwards course design and assessment measures. She currently serves as the curriculum coordinator, managing the day to day progression of our DVM program.

Kristy Lashbaugh

Kristy Lashbaugh

Kristy Lashbaugh is an instructional designer and academic technologist.  In 2016, she completed a Master's in Educational Technology from Minnesota State University Mankato and is completing a Bachelor's in Nursing Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently, Kristy is the Education Program Specialist for the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department.  She is a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer and a member of the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association. Kristy is also an associate member of the eLearning Guild and a professional member of the Online Learning Consortium.

Keith Brown

Keith Brown

Keith provides expertise in eLearning, instructional design and technical support. Keith's educational background is in music, education and music education. He completed a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in instructional systems and technology from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Keith also has a second appointment at the University as the Service Owner for Academic Technology Support Services in the Office of Information Technology.

Dr. Laura Molgaard

Dr. Laura Molgaard

Dr. Laura Molgaard is the Associate Dean for Academic and Students Affairs at the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. She is a 1991 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she was in small animal private practice before moving into teaching at a veterinary technician program for several years and joined the UMN CVM in 1997. Dr. Molgaard's research interests include selection for and development of non-technical competencies and outcomes assessment. Her interest in diversity includes veterinary pipeline development, admissions, and culture/climate. 

André Nault

André Nault

André is the veterinary librarian at the University, and has a background in wildlife biology and veterinary practice management. He manages the veterinary resources (print or electronic books and journals, etc) available to the College and has expertise on ho to deliver these resources within the DVM curriculum. 

Ryan Rupprecht

Ryan Rupprecht

Ryan provides instructional design and technical support for faculty and students using learning management systems at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also assists faculty with technologies for education including audio and video recordings and web based meetings as well as provides “on demand support” for users of the CVM classrooms, labs and other instructional spaces.

Prior to coming to the University, Ryan was an audio engineer/sound designer and was involved in projects that ranged from live sound and streaming video to captured audio recordings.

Daniela Vidovic

Daniela Vidovic

Daniela is an instructional designer, technology instructor, and data analyst. Pursuing her interest in use of technology in the educational settings, she obtained a bachelor in the college of Education, diploma in Computer Programming and Web Design, and Masters in Educational Communications and Technologies. 

She has experience as a school teacher, programmer, quality assurance analyst, and since 2005 she has worked at the University of Saskatchewan, providing coaching, technology training, data analysis to students, faculty and staff, and serving as a sessional instructor in the Department of Computer Sciences. 

Currently, Daniela works as an Educational Program Specialist at the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. 

Kelly Vallandingham

Kelly Vallandingham

Kelly Vallandingham works for the VPM department as a teaching specialist and has had many roles since starting with CVM in 2008.  She was a practicing attorney for 10 years and in IT training, project and site support management for 10 years before landing at CVM working for Dr. Stephanie Valberg as a community liaison for the Equine Center.  During her time at CVM she has worked with the communications, development and CE groups as well as creating online courses and undergraduate courses for students and the public interested in learning basic information about horses and horseback riding.  Kelly has a passion for technology and education and is now focusing her efforts on helping VPM faculty develop online education offerings across all large animal species.

Aaron Rendahl

Aaron Rendahl

Aaron Rendahl, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Informatics in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He works with researchers throughout the college to design their experiments and analyze their data, including scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as clinical research, basic biomedical science, and population and production medicine. He also teaches classes in the graduate program. He received his PhD in Statistics in 2008 from the University of Minnesota and was previously the manager of the Statistical Consulting Center in the School of Statistics.