WVC Names Rashmir-Raven New Equine Manager

The Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) announced June 19 the appointment of Ann Rashmir-Raven, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, as the new equine education manager. Rashmir-Raven will start a 4-year term during which she will help determine the course of WVC programming by developing learning options and refining and expanding new topics and formats.

Rashmir-Raven looks forward to her new role as WVC's equine education manager, which she considers "a fabulous opportunity to be associated with a premier meeting in the veterinary field." She has been a WVC attendee for more than 20 years and a speaker who has been twice nominated as WVC Equine Educator of the Year.

One of Rashmir-Raven's primary goals for the equine program is growing the content to ensure that every attendee with an equine interest, whether dedicated strictly to horses or working in mixed practice, feels that being at WVC is a quality use of time. She is also a proponent of more year-round equine lab offerings at the Oquendo Center, a veterinary and medical training facility in Las Vegas, Nev.

Another of her major objectives is to increase WVC's attraction for students by showing them early in their careers that continuing education is not only essential, it can be fun.

Rashmir-Raven believes there is "fabulous equine medicine to be had" and … intends to find the most approachable instructors in their specialties, those who offer practical information for real-world veterinarians.

"We want the person who has the information and who wants to help," she notes.

Presently on the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, Rashmir-Raven's research interests are two-fold: equine skin diseases, including heritable equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA, an autosomal recessive disorder that affects), 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.

Rashmir- Raven earned her undergraduate and DVM degrees from the University of California, Davis, and 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.

After serving as an assistant professor in Veterinary Molecular Biology at Montana State University for three years, Rashmir-Raven worked for 15 years as an associate professor of Equine Surgery and Medicine at Mississippi State University.

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 in August.

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.

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