Listee Features — Veterinary Science


Driven by her desire to make a difference in the world, Kimberly Rae Carlson decided to focus on a particularly vulnerable group: animals. She was inspired to become a veterinary surgeon after volunteering with the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. She saw a lot of bad cases of abuse and neglect, and knew she had to do more to help. Dr. Carlson proceeded to obtain a DVM from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 and a diploma from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008. She also garnered hands-on experience as a surgical resident at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and as a surgeon at Veterinary Surgical Centers Delta. Today, Dr. Carlson works at North

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Carol Swinford


The owner and founder of the Shades of Blue Ranch for more than 20 years, Carol M. Swinford strongly believes in alternative medicine and animal therapy. She started her career as a certified nurse’s aide, lending her services to numerous nursing homes over the years. On the side, Ms. Swinford and her husband, Gary, decided to build and open a ranch because they wanted a couple of horses. Every time her husband built a new barn, it ended up being a new shade of blue, hence the ranch’s name. They started with regular-sized horses, but became enamored with miniature horses after buying one at an auction in 1997. She quickly realized there was a perfect way to combine her job

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With expertise in veterinary pathology, clinical pathology and large animal medicine, Marion E. Smart proudly devoted her knowledge and career to guiding her peers and the younger generations. She started as a lecturer for a diploma course in veterinary pathology at the University of Saskatchewan in 1968, and stayed until her retirement in 2014. Some of her other positions at the school include assistant professor and associate professor in veterinary clinical studies, associate professor and professor in the Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. She currently holds the distinguished title of professor emeritus. ​ In addition to her tenure at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Smart has worked in various other

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