Dr. Marisa Ames
Meet our new cardiologist, Dr. Marisa Ames. After meeting the sled dog teams at Denali National Park as a young girl, Marisa added ‘veterinarian’ to her list of potential careers, along with vertebrate paleontologist and musician. Though she continues to play the cello and tag along on digs, Marisa ultimately decided to go the veterinary route and completed her DVM (magna cum laude) at Ohio State University in 2007. Marisa comes to James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. where she completed a three-year residency in cardiology and the Jane Lewis-Seaks postdoctoral fellowship. During her residency, she was awarded the 2012 ACVIM Resident Research Award. Prior to her residency and postdoctoral fellowship, she completed two internships in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Michigan State University and Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Mass. Her research interests include neurohormonal activation in heart failure – specifically the pharmacologic blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), the effects of various drugs on RAAS, aldosterone breakthrough, and new applications for pimobendan in refractory heart failure. When she isn’t working, you can find Marisa trail running, playing the cello, and digging up dinosaur bones.
Dr. Rebecca Packer
Meet our new neurologist and associate professor, Dr. Rebecca Packer. Rebecca comes to the CSU Clinical Sciences Department from Purdue University, West Lafayett, Ind. where she served as associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery in both basic medical sciences and veterinary clinical sciences. Rebecca enjoys teaching and combing innovative technology into the classroom. She has received several teaching awards, including: Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award (2012), Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award (2012), College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award (2011) and All-Student Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (2009). Her clinical interests include intracranial diseases, movement disorders, and neoplastic conditions of the nervous system. Her interest in cancer began prior to vet school when she worked in the oncology lab shared by our very own Dr. Rodney Page. Outside of work she is also an accomplished violinist, and has played with local symphonies wherever she lives. Despite this, she is terrified of auditioning, and claims that if she is offered a chair in the Fort Collins Symphony, she will never move - to avoid having to audition ever again.
Dr. Wayne Jensen
The Department of Clinical Sciences welcomes the new associate head, Dr. Wayne Jensen back to Colorado State University. Wayne has four academic degrees from CSU and a diverse background in academic, clinical, business, and leadership experience. Wayne has collaborated with our Flint Animal Cancer Center in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, published dozens of papers in research journals, and holds eight patents representing robust innovation. He co-founded the nationally recognized Wellington Veterinary Clinic and has worked for several years as chief scientific officer for Morris Animal Foundation. Throughout his career, Wayne has cultivated working relationships with academic, corporate, nonprofit, and government partners. His background complements the department’s existing leadership, and his insight will help streamline and add transparency to departmental finances and strategic initiatives. Wayne’s experience will shed great light on the department’s strategic vision.
Dr. Jennifer Rawlinson
The Department of Clinical Sciences welcomes new assistant professor, Dr. Jennifer Rawlinson. Jennifer comes to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital from Collierville, Tenn., where she worked as a private practice dental consultant and a part-time veterinary dentistry lecturer at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. After witnessing her childhood dog, Pepsi, struggle and die from heart failure, Jennifer was inspired to become a veterinarian and help relieve future pain and suffering from animals. Jennifer received both her bachelor’s and DVM degrees from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, before moving to the University of Pennsylvania for a two-year veterinary dentistry residency. After completing her residency, she assumed several clinical and training responsibilities at Cornell, including: large animal dental training for students, shelter medicine dental training for interns and residents, and primary dental provider for wildlife, zoo, and exotics. Jennifer recently received the American Veterinary Dental College Peter Emily Service award for her key-role in the development of an Equine Dental Specialty within the AVDC. Coming to CSU, Jennifer looks forward to training future veterinarians on the importance of animal dentistry and the Colorado hiking and camping adventures that await her and her family.