Kristen Smith
Kristen Smith
MS student, pathobiology | Olathe, KS |
Kristen loves horseback riding and is focused on Bovine Respotary diseases (BRD) She hopes to graduate in fall of 2024.

Paige Schmidt | Southeast Medina, ND |
She is pursuing a masters in bio-medical science, concurrently with her doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) and plans to graduate in 2024. She quotes: “The west wasn’t won on salads.”

Lilli Heinen
Lilli Heinen
PhD student, pathobiology | Bergisch Gladbach, Germany |
Lilli is working on a PhD concurrent with her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Her focus is on Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) she hopes to graduate in 2024 and receive her PhD the following year.
Blaine Johnson, DVM
PhD student, pathobiology | Red Oak, Iowa |
Blaine received his DVM from Iowa State and plans to complete his PhD November of 2022. His focus is heart disease in cattle through a grant from the American Angus Association.
Kyndall Neal
MS, bio-medical science concurrent with perusing a DVM degree | Wamego, KS |
In addition to completing the 4- year DVM curriculum, she was selected in her first year for the Veterinary Training Program in rural Kansas and will spend additional time during the summer months learning about public health, rural sociology, natural disaster preparedness and foreign animal disease. While striving toward these amazing goals, she is also completing her master’s in bio-medical sciences. She plans to graduate 2024 and move to western Kansas.
Conrad Schelkopf
Geneva, Nebraska |
He is pursuing dual degrees while studying for his doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM). His research focuses on food animal diagnostics and therapeutics emphasizing antimicrobial stewardship under the leadership of co-advisors: Drs. Mike Apley and Brian Lubbers. He plans on completing his DVM in 2024 and his PhD the following year.
Jessica Jensen
Student, Agricultural Communications and Journalism – with a minor in Agricultural Sales | Courtland, KS | | BCI relies on her to produce and edit the weekly podcast: Cattle Chat. She also posts on the BCI Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Caleb Hildebrand
Caleb Hildebrand
BCI INTERN | Student, Animal Sciences and Industry, | Stafford, KS |