Dr. Jacquelyn Pelzer, of Blacksburg, Va., has joined the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech as the director of admissions and student services.

In this position, Pelzer will serve as the primary contact and resource for student advising and counseling and she will oversee admission into the college's doctor of veterinary medicine program. She replaces Dr. Mike Reardon who is retiring.

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Pelzer to our office," said Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, associate dean for professional programs. "Her proven ability to build positive and productive relationships with both potential and current students as well as those in the university community will greatly benefit our college. In addition, as an alumna of the [college], she brings a great and unique perspective to this position."

Prior to joining the veterinary college, Pelzer was the career services coordinator for Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where she was responsible for career development and advising for all students within the college. She also served as executive director of the Bernard Harris ExxonMobil Science Camp, a two-week residential science and math summer camp. "I really enjoy working with students and that's a big part of this position," said Pelzer. "I am also very passionate about the veterinary profession's diverse career opportunities."

Pelzer earned her bachelor of science degree in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University and her doctor of veterinary medicine in 1997 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also the owner of Creatures Comforts, a Blacksburg-based veterinary house call practice.


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