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New Faces at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pictured, from left to right: Drs. LI-Jen Chang, Brianne Taylor, Dale Kelley, Fabio Pinaffi and Giselle Cino.

Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently welcomed several new faculty members who bring expertise in theriogenology, anesthesia, and pathology to the college.

Joining the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences are: Drs. LI-Jen Chang, lecturer in anesthesia; Dale Kelley, assistant professor of theriogenology; and Fabio Pinaffi, assistant professor of theriogenology.

Originally from Taiwan, Chang earned a BVM (DVM equivalent) degree from the Department of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Veterinary Medicine degree from the clinical division of the Institute of Veterinary Medicine at the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. He also received training at the Chi Institute in the U.S. where he became a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Chang earned a Ph.D. from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China and a Master of Science degree from Purdue University. His research interests focus on anesthesia and analgesia in wildlife and zoo animals and on the application of traditional Chinese medicine in veterinary medicine, specifically the application of traditional Chinese medicine in anesthesia and analgesia, such as acupuncture anesthesia. Chang worked as a quarantine officer with the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine in Taiwan, as a veterinarian in the Animal Medical Center at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan and most recently as an anesthesia resident at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Purdue University.

Kelley from Raleigh, North Carolina, earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University and his Ph.D. and DVM degree from the University of Florida. Kelley’s research interests include understanding equine reproductive physiology and studying causes and treatments of infertility in the mare and stallion. He completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky and a residency at Texas A&M University before joining OSU.

Pinaffi from Atibaia, SP, Brazil, holds a Veterinary Physician degree from the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil and a Ph.D. from the University of Sao Paulo, Pirassununga, SP, Brazil. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Sao Paulo and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and completed a theriogenology residency at Auburn University. His research interests include reproductive physiology in equine and bovine, more specifically mechanisms of pregnancy development and corpus luteum function, and growth factors effect on equine semen. Pinaffi has been a researcher at the University of Sao Paulo and most recently a research scholar at the University of Wisconsin.

“I am very excited to have these young and uprising stars as part of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department and the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Dr. Daniel Burba, head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. “With their training, they will take the veterinary college and Veterinary Teaching Hospital to another level in service, teaching and research. The passion and motivation for academia that they display is quite refreshing.”

Joining the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory are two new anatomic pathologists: Dr. Giselle Cino, assistant professor and Dr. Brianne Taylor, clinical assistant professor.

Originally from Asuncion, Paraguay, Cino earned her DVM degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay. She completed a combined anatomic pathology residency/Ph.D. program at Kansas State University and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She also earned a master’s degree from KSU. Dr. Cino’s research interests focus on emerging and transboundary animal diseases and immunopathogenesis of food animal infectious diseases with emphasis in porcine species.

Taylor, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, earned her Master of Science degree in Toxicology and DVM degree from Colorado State University. She completed an anatomic pathology residency and earned a second master’s degree in Veterinary pathobiology at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include equine pathology and infectious diseases in all species. Taylor is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

“Recruiting Cino and Taylor to our team is a homerun for the College, OADDL and our stakeholders,” said Dr. Jerry Ritchey, head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. “Dr. Cino is an experienced pathologist and will serve as the Section Head of Pathology at OADDL. Her expertise in swine pathology brings instant credibility to our swine program and her energy provides an opportunity for expansion. Dr. Taylor is a “young gun” and is going to make a huge impact on the State. Her interests and expertise in equine pathology will immediately fill the void left by the retirement of Dr. Rezabek and she will serve as the Coordinator/Liaison with the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission program.”

“We are thrilled to have this talented and energetic faculty join our college and can’t wait to see all that they accomplish,” said Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 |

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