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Carlos Risco, DVM, DACT

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Dr. Risco received his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists. From 1982 to 1990, he was a full partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates in Ontario, California. In 1990, Risco joined the faculty at The University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor, and from 2011 – 2018 was Professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. He is currently Professor and Dean, Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Risco is author or co-author on 102-refereed publications, 20 review articles, 22 book chapters and has edited one textbook in dairy cattle production medicine. He received a Fulbright Scholar Grant in 2004 to Argentina and in 2005, the Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher and Alumni Awards from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine. Risco also received the University of Florida Blue Key Award for distinction in teaching and research in 2005. He received the teacher of the year in Large Animal Medicine award by the class of 1992, 1994, 1996 and 2008, University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Margi Gilmour, DVM, DACVO

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Dr. Gilmour received her DVM degree from Michigan State University in 1986. After an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia, she completed residency training in ophthalmology at Veterinary Ophthalmology of New England (1987-1988) and The Ohio State University (1988-1991). Gilmour became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1991. She was in private ophthalmology practice until 2001 when she joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University.

Gilmour’s faculty appointment included clinical service in ophthalmology, research, and teaching ophthalmology in the curriculum. In addition to ophthalmology, Gilmour developed an interest in veterinary medical education. She was appointed a college Teaching Fellow in 2015 and was the recipient of the Zoetis Veterinary Teaching Award and the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award. Gilmour was appointed Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA) in June 2016, and was appointed to the permanent ADAA position in July 2018.

As ADAA, Gilmour oversees all student and academic affairs including Admissions, Curriculum and Professional Standards. Gilmour’s goals for the college include developing a curriculum and culture that produces graduate veterinarians who achieve a successful and satisfying veterinary medical career, and supporting faculty development in education. Gilmour is a proponent of well-being, inclusion, communication and innovation.

Senior Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education

Jerry Malayer, BS, MS, Ph.D.

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Jerry R. Malayer, PhD, is the Senior Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1994. He is a Professor and McCasland Chair in the Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Division of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources.

Dr. Malayer received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Purdue University, and the Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1990. He was the recipient of a National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health under the mentorship of Professor Jack Gorski at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, Sigma Xi, and Phi Zeta, the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine; he has served on Editorial Boards and been a scientific reviewer for numerous professional journals and funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and the USDA.

Dr. Malayer is a member of the Oklahoma Science and Technology Council and the Health Research Committee of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. He is a founding member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research, Past Chair of the Research Committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, State Executive Director for Oklahoma EPSCoR, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of EPSCoR States. Recently, he became the founding Director of the OSU Center for Integrative Microbiome Science.

Dr. Malayer has been the recipient of the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, the Oklahoma A&M Regent’s Distinguished Research Award, and the Oklahoma State University Graduate and Professional Student Association Award for Excellence in graduate student mentoring. In 2006, he was selected for the American Council on Education Fellows Program, and in 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by Purdue University.

Dr. Malayer’s research focuses on mechanisms of inter-and intra-cellular communication, the role of steroid receptors in the control of gene expression, and molecular approaches in the development of diagnostic technologies.

Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital Director

J. Jeff Studer, DVM, DACVO

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Dr. Jeff Studer is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist and the Director of the OSU Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital. Originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, he received his DVM from OSU in 2006. Upon graduation, he completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists. Studer then performed a three-year residency at The Animal Ophthalmology Clinic in Dallas, Texas. He received Diplomate status by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2011. Studer practiced veterinary ophthalmology and hospital leadership in private practice until 2018, at which time he returned to OSU to serve as Hospital Director and assistant professor of veterinary ophthalmology.

In his spare time, Studer enjoys spending time with his wife, two young sons and their many pets.

Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Director

Jerry Saliki, DVM, Ph.D., DACVM

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Originally from Cameroon in central Africa, Dr. Saliki earned his DVM degree from the University of Liege in Belgium in 1984. He came to the United states in 1989 earning a Ph.D. in Veterinary Virology from Cornell University in 1993 and becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists in 1994. From 1993 to 2005 at OSU’s veterinary college, Saliki served as an assistant professor and subsequently associate and full professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and also as section head for virology, serology, and molecular diagnostics at OADDL. In 2005, Saliki went to the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Georgia to serve as section head for virology and serology until 2007 when he became director of that laboratory until returning to OSU in 2020.

Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department Head

Daniel Burba, DVM, DACVS

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Dr. Daniel Burba completed an undergraduate study in Biology at Morehead State University, Morehead, KY and earnd his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1986. He was accepted into an internship program in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Oklahoma State University and subsequently completed a residency in Equine Surgery in 1990. Burba joined Louisiana State University-School of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor of equine surgery in 1990. After 25 years at LSU SVM, he joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University in 2015.

Burba became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1995. He is a member of Phi Zeta Veterinary Medicine Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society, Veterinary Wound Management Society, American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. His research and clinical interests include orthopedics and laser cribbing surgeries. Dr. Burba holds the McCasland Professorship in Biomedical Laser Surgery and is the department head for the CVHS Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Veterinary Pathobiology Department Head

Theresa Rizzi, BS, DVM, DACVP

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Dr. Rizzi is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She completed a B.S. in Biology (1993) from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and DVM (1998) from Oklahoma State University. Following veterinary college, she practiced general small animal medicine and emergency medicine for several years. She entered a residency in veterinary clinical pathology at OSU in 2002 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2005.

Rizzi joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 2005 and currently serves as Department Head for Veterinary Pathobiology. She remains active in teaching veterinary students and residents at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary technician students at OSU-OKC, and rotates through cytology service as an attending clinical pathologist in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Physiological Sciences Department Head

Martin Furr, DVM, Ph.D., MA Ed, DACVIM

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Dr. Furr earned his DVM from Oklahoma State University in 1986. He practiced veterinary medicine at a clinic in Oklahoma and then completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Virginia Tech Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in 1989. Furr then became an assistant professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

In 1991, Furr joined the faculty OSU as an Assistant Professor of Equine Internal Medicine and earned Diplomate status, receiving Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 1996, Furr was promoted to Associate Professor of Equine Internal Medicine, and in 2000, completed his Ph.D. in Neuroimmunology at the University of Maryland. In 2006, he was promoted to full professor, and in 2015 obtained a master's degree in medical education from Michigan State University.

Currently, Furr is Professor and Head of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He continues to teach and consult, and has spoken regularly at national and international meetings on topics of equine internal medicine, neonatalogy and neurology. He has published approximately 90 peer reviewed research papers, and is the primary author and editor of a major textbook of equine neurology, now in its second edition, with his colleague, Dr. Steve Reed. His research interests include equine neonatal medicine and critical care, equine neurology (particularly equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), equine immunology, faculty development and medical education.