Office of Academic and Student Affairs

Several support services and programs are offered to enhance the personal and professional development of veterinary students. Students may make appointments to see the counselors, staff, or associate dean on a walk-in basis. Below are those who make up the student services staff.

Dr. Jared Danielson, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, is located in Room 2270F. Dr. Danielson provides administrative leadership, oversight, and coordination of academic and instructional programs, academic information technology, educational outreach/distance education, and global learning opportunities. These areas include: admission of veterinary students, advising veterinary students, curriculum development and implementation, academic standards, veterinary student services, recruitment of veterinary students, faculty development related to teaching, and evaluation of teaching. Also, the Associate Dean works with the Director of Curricular and Student Assessment to evaluate programs and provide data/information upon which curricular improvements are made.



Dr. Alejandro "Alex" Ramirez, Interim Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Ramirez focuses his efforts on strengthening career and financial assistance counseling, improving undergraduate and professional student academic advising, working with student organizations, growing and improving the development and administration of scholarships, overseeing the VM4 orientation, providing input on VM1 orientation, and leading our international student programs.




Dr. Monica Howard

Dr. Monica Howard, Director of Student Programs, is located in 2270E. Dr. Howard is responsible for recruitment and providing information about the profession of veterinary medicine to prospective students. Dr. Howard is also in charge of academic advising at the college. She advises approximately 25 students of her own but also communicates with the other academic advisors, students and faculty in the college. She is ex-officio on the Admissions, Academic Standards and Student Faculty Relations Committees. Dr. Howard coordinates student organizations and college tours and is a Notary public. She coordinates the admissions interview weekends for the applicants, the annual White Coat Ceremony, VM-4 year orientation, UNL-PPVM transition orientation and transfer student admissions. She is the focal point for all students who need academic advising, personal counseling, tutoring services and is the CVM liaison for Student Disability Resources and Minority Student Affairs.


Kathy Kuehl

Kathy Kuehl, Coordinator of Admissions, is located in Room 2270B. Kathy coordinates the yearly admissions process working closely with the Admissions Committee and conducts the academic review of applicant files. She was key in the development and implementation of the College's online application process and is responsible for the denied applicant workshops and interviewer training. Kathy consults with prospective students and their advisors concerning admissions policies, procedures and requirements. In addition, she coordinates the annual student scholarship awards working with the College’s ISU Foundation personnel and the Student Awards Committee.



Mercedes Serracin

Mercedes Serracin, Coordinator of International Programs, is located in Room 2270C. Mercedes has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business and an MBA from Iowa State University. She has worked in a variety of roles supporting international programs at Iowa State University. She has also worked as the international relations coordinator for La Universidad del Valle in Cali Colombia, the University-Business relations coordinator at la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali Colombia, and as a teacher and translator. 




Mindy Schminke

Mindy Schminke, Record Analyst, Classification and Career Development located in Room 2270A. Ms. Schminke provides academic support maintaining all academic records of veterinary students (both at ISU and University of Nebraska-Lincoln), student registration procedures and processes, scheduling classes including teaching hospital rotations, degree audits, and coordinates graduation. She also administers information about job opportunities for veterinary students through CyHire, as well as, resume writing and job seeking skills, and sets up interviews with veterinarians. She assists students with licensing procedures for both national and state examinations and certifies graduation requirements for both students and alumni.  She certifies all credentials for student enrollment status and is a Notary public. She serves on the University Registration and Classification Committee, Career Services Council and ex officio on the CVM Academic Standards Committee and the Curriculum Committee.


DeNae Foster

DeNae Foster is the full-time Academic and Student Services secretary in Room 2270. She is responsible for various areas including: clerical support for the Office of Academics and Student Affairs staff; coordinating the CVM calendar for room reservations, examinations, events, and meetings; veterinary job posting management on CyHire; assisting with admissions and interview scheduling; recruiting and organizing admissions interviewers; assisting student organizations with Treasurer Office contacts; and helps coordinate the scholarship and awards ceremony for veterinary students..