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Dedicated Faculty

The ISU CVM faculty includes renowned researchers, award winning teachers and expert clinicians, many of whom are board certified. We believe that ISUCVM faculty are as capable and dedicated as any veterinary faculty in the world. These individuals bring quality classroom instruction as well as clinical and research expertise to the ISUCVM. In this section, we highlight a few of our outstanding faculty:


Dr. Jesse Goff, DVM, PhD: Dr. Goff is a professor in the department of Biomedical Sciences who also holds the Anderson Chair in Veterinary Medicine. He is a highly respected instructor in nutrition and physiology, and researcher with many publications and honors. He is the recipient of the 2011 College Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award. Student comments are:

"Dr. Goff went above and beyond to help me when I was struggling in the beginning of the course; because of him I succeeded in fixing what I was doing wrong, and I did well in his class. Dr. Goff is a great teacher and really cares about his students and their education."

“Dr. Goff really cares about not only wanting us to learn but also wants us to want to learn.”

“Dr. Goff really knows his material and cares about the students understanding the basic concepts. I also like that he applies it to clinical settings- it helps to cement the information and gives us a glimpse of what we will experience in practice.”

“Lots of very relevant, helpful information. Scarily enough, the testing style made me learn the material better than my other classes would have.”

Dr. Shannon Hostetter, DVM, PhD, DACVP: Dr. Shannon Hostetter is a board-certified clinical pathologist in the Department of Veterinary Pathology who teaches, performs diagnostic work, and research, which all impact her teaching. She received the 2012 College Basic Sciences Teaching Award during her first semester of teaching the fundamental principles of clinical pathology. Comments regarding her class are:

“Dr. Hostetter was very organized and clear in her presentations and was very helpful and encouraging when asked questions.”

“Dr. Hostetter was very thorough and clear in her lectures. She was also very helpful explaining how to do check-off assignments and answering questions in class.”

“Dr. Hostetter is a great teacher! Very informative and thorough.”

“Dr. Hostetter was really great! I learned so much in just 2 weeks with her. I feel much better about my ability to make and read blood smears, interpret blood work and interpret cytology specimens.”

Dr. Mike Yaeger, DVM, PhD, DACVP: Dr. Yaeger is a board-certified anatomic pathologist in the Department of Veterinary Pathology who teaches, performs diagnostic work, and research on all species. He received the 2010 College Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award. Student comments for his teaching are:

“Dr. Yaeger is good at pushing the most important information that we need to remember and presenting practical cases. He creates an easy environment to learn in.”

“Dr. Yaeger was very kind and informative and I really enjoyed his lectures.”

“Dr. Yaeger was always very excited to be teaching, does great role-playing and is very good at keep students engaged and overall at teaching.”

“Dr. Yaeger was really easy to talk to when you were having issues and was very available in lab. It was also really nice to have all the slides up for Dr. Yaeger's section when he started.”

Dr. Etsuro Uemura, DVM, PhD: Dr. Uemura is a professor in the department of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Uemura is a highly respected instructor and researcher with many publications and honors. Dr. Uemura has been named a recipient of the ISU SCAVMA Teaching Award 3 times during his years with the college. A few of the student comments about Dr. Uemura follow:


“I really enjoyed listening to Dr. Uemura's lectures.”

“I love the way Dr. Uemura teaches.”

“Uemura is awesome!”

“Dr. Uemura was very good about explaining material thoroughly”

Dr. James Roth, DVM, PhD,DACVM: Dr. Roth, Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Medicine, is the director of the ISU Center for Food Security and Public Health, is a board certified microbiologist, a noted disease researcher and a respected instructor. Dr. Roth has been the recipient of many awards including the AVMA Public Service Award and the ISU SCAVMA Teaching Award three times in his career. Students have commented the following:


“It was an honor to be taught immunology by THE Jim Roth.”

“Dr. Roth always made sure any questions we had were answered.”

“Dr. Roth is an awesome professor who does his best to make immunology interesting and fun.”

“Dr. Roth is a great instructor!”

Dr. Elizabeth May, DVM, DACVD: Dr. May is a board certified dermatologist who offers classroom instruction, clinical oversight and research through clinical trials. Dr. May works closely with students who have this to say about her:


“Dr. May is a great teacher.”

“Dr. May is very approachable and very knowledgeable, I feel like I learned a lot from her.”

“I know that I learned a lot of information from Dr. May.”

“I really like your (Dr. May) teaching style. I also liked your enthusiasm and your willingness to answer questions and be available for help.”

Dr. Alejandro "Alex" Ramirez, DVM, MPH, DACVPM: Dr. Ramirez is board-certified in the field of preventive medicine and brings several years of private practice and research generated knowledge to the classroom. The students in Dr. Ramirez’s classes have this to say about him.

“I really enjoyed Dr. Ramirez's enthusiasm!”

“I really liked Dr. Ramirez and his teaching style.”

“Dr. Ramirez did an awesome job with his section of the course.”

“Like his (Dr. Ramirez) excitement to work with students and the material.”