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2020 AKC/AKC CHF/TF Companion Animal Residency Program
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Congratulations to the 2020 theriogenology residents.




Joanna Koilpillai, BVSc, AH

The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Joanna Koilpillai received her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (BVSc & AH) from Madras Veterinary College (MVC), Chennai, India in November 2018. She attended the Casual Visitor Program at North Carolina State University in May 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Scott Bailey and Dr. Theresa Beachler, with a primary focus on Equine theriogenology. Dr. Koilpillai received the first prize for her clinical case study on “Contrast Echocardiography in locating a heart base tumor in a Bull Dog” in the TANUVAS 9th All India Veterinary Student Conference in the Companion Animal category in August 2017. She was awarded the first prize in the Online 2018 VetX International Student Essay Competition conducted by VetX and College of Veterinary Education, University of Sydney, Australia for her essay titled “Mesothelioma - A State of the Art Review”. She was an active participant in the MVC Study circles on “Equine care and management”, “Laboratory diagnostics” and “Small animal critical care”. She also helped to organize and participated in a free Bovine and Caprine Infertility camp with pregnancy diagnosis, infertility screening and basic treatment.

Soon after her graduation, Dr. Koilpillai underwent surgical training in Animal Birth Control through a certificate course conducted by Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), Ooty, India with the primary focus on canine surgery. She worked at Raksha Pet Clinic, (a mixed animal practice) in Chennai, India as an Associate Veterinarian until June 2019. In her free time, she volunteered at Blue Cross of India in the outpatient ward and provided free treatment for rescued stray, abandoned or injured animals with IIT Madras Animal Lover’s Group. Since June 2019, Dr. Koilpillai is pursuing a rotating internship at Veterinary Healthcare Associates, an AAHA Accredited, small animal practice located in Winter Haven, FL. The rotations include General Practice, ER, a 24-hour Intensive Care Unit and Internal Medicine with two ABVP Board certified specialists. She is an active participant in the monthly Journal Club, MnM Rounds and Didactic lectures. Dr. Koilpillai is a Certified Operator in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. She is also certified as a Laser Safety Officer by ACT Online and is completing her laser therapy certification with Companion Laser. She is currently undergoing Certification in Fear-free handling as a Veterinary Professional and RECOVER CPR- Basic and Advanced Life Support. Dr. Koilpillai’s interests are in mixed species theriogenology and small animal medicine.

Kelsey Martin, DVM

Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Martin grew up on a large cattle ranch in Eastern Colorado where she spent much of her time outside, working with animals of all sizes. From cattle, to horses, chickens and even raising and training service dogs in high school, it was inevitable that Kelsey would find herself in a career where working with animals was central. She attained her Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and then moved back to Colorado to begin vet school at Colorado State University in 2015. After graduation, she completed a clinical internship at a large animal private practice where she realized her love for animal reproduction and a desire to create a career that improved not only animal health, but human and environmental health as well. Kelsey hopes to take her skills gained from her Theriogenology residency and apply them to species conservation, translational medicine research and improvement of working dog health and reproduction.


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