Faculty

Viviane Gomes, DVM, PhD, DACT
Assistant Professor of Theriogenology

Dr. Gomes joined the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2023 to spearhead the establishment of the Veterinary Medical Center's Companion Animal Theriogenology Service. She is passionate about small animal reproduction and finds genuine joy in caring for her patients and interacting with clients and referring veterinarians. Beyond her clinical duties, Dr. Gomes launched the Gomes lab in 2023, dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in comparative pregnancy physiology and developmental programming. Inspired by the One Health framework, which highlights the intricate interplay between human, animal, and environmental well-being, the Gomes lab is invested in unravelling the impact of obesity and cardiovascular disease on the maternal and fetal health of both humans and dogs. In addition to her teaching contributions to the pre-clinical and clinical veterinary curriculum, Dr. Gomes serves as advisor for MSU's student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology and as vice chair of the College's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Gomes is also a member of the MSU Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program, a tight-knit group of scientists engaged in reproductive research.

   
Julie Strachota, DVM, MS, DACT
Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor of Health Programs

Dr. Julie Strachota joined the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 as a clinical instructor. She focuses on clinical teaching in large animal medicine with special attention to primary care and herd health, theriogenology teaching and service, and assisting with large animal labs and clerkships while completing her theriogenology residency.

Dr. Strachota began her career in veterinary medicine first as a veterinary technician assistant at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center in the Large Animal Clinic. She then worked with Drs. Edward Robinson and Harold Schott as a research associate at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the team at Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic, where she worked as an associate veterinarian for three years before returning to the MSU Veterinary Medical Center.

   

Veterinary Technicians

Ashley Boyce, LVT
Veterinary Technician