Real-world medicine and vanguard information … for the equine specialist to the mixed practitioner.
Dr. Ann Rashmir-Raven fell in love with horses when she was 5 years old, and her passion for them has only grown stronger over time. She looks forward enthusiastically to her new role as WVC’s Equine Education Manager, a 4-year position to which she was recently appointed, and considers the commitment “a fabulous opportunity to be associated with a premier meeting in the veterinary field.” Dr. Rashmir has demonstrated a wholehearted interest in WVC, having attended the annual meeting for more than 20 years and served as a program speaker who has twice been nominated as WVC Equine Educator of the Year.
She views WVC as a “jewel of a conference,” and among her primary goals for the Equine Program is expanding the content to ensure that every attendee with an equine interest, whether dedicated strictly to horses or working in mixed practice, feels that attending is a truly great use of time. Dr. Rashmir is also a proponent of more year-round equine lab offerings that take advantage of the well-designed and fully equipped Oquendo Center.
Another of her major objectives is to increase WVC’s attraction for students by showing them early in their careers that CE is not only essential, it is fun. She feels it is important to convey that attending the Conference is extremely valuable not only educationally, but also for its abundant social and networking opportunities.
Dr. Rashmir believes there is “fabulous equine medicine to be had” and wants to make certain the WVC program reflects that. She intends to find the best, most approachable instructors in their specialties – those who offer practical information for real-world veterinarians. Along with maintaining the already-strong WVC Equine Program and adding new sessions, she is considering innovative state-of-the-art approaches and reaching out to dynamic big-name speakers with exceptional appeal. “We want the person who has the information and wants to help,” she notes.
Presently on the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, Dr. Rashmir’s
research interests are two-fold: equine skin diseases, including heritable equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA), an autosomal recessive disorder that affects collagen and is the leading economic genetic disorder in the horse industry; and orthopedics, with a focus on modification of the inflammatory response in chondrocytes. She also does outreach with My Horse University, MSU’s online, science-based education program geared to horse enthusiasts.
After earning her undergraduate and DVM degrees from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Rashmir completed an internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a residency at Kansas State University from which she also received a Master’s degree. She then completed an orthopedic fellowship at North Carolina State University.
Following 3 years as an Assistant Professor in Veterinary Molecular Biology at Montana State University, Dr. Rashmir was on the faculty at Mississippi State University as an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery and Medicine for 15 years. In further support of her lifelong commitment to education, she is taking courses at the Royal Veterinary College in London and will receive her Certificate of Veterinary Medical Education next month. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.