The Maschhoffs Welcomes Its 2019 Vet Interns

Carlyle, IL (June 10, 2019) — The Maschhoffs recently welcomed two vet interns as part of its summer internship program.

Each year the health team hosts 1-2 veterinary students. This program gives them the opportunity to see how a health team works within a production system.

“With the help of pharmaceutical company sponsors (Zoetis and Merck), each student completes a health related research project,” says Dr. Amy Maschhoff, Associate Director of Health. “This year, both of their projects are aimed to create better understanding around Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae control and elimination efforts. At the end of the summer, they will each submit an abstract of their findings to American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Most importantly, we want our student to gain knowledge and technical skills that will help them be successful in their future careers. “

The Maschhoffs internship program dates back to 2005. Nearly 100 students have graduated from the program since it began.

Here are the 2019 vet interns:

Zack Talbert

  • Hometown:  Armington, IL
  • School: University of Illinois

Kelly Hewitt

  • Hometown:  Ames, IA

  • School: Iowa State University

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    Left to Right: Dr. Amy Maschhoff, Associate Director of Health; Zack Talbert, Vet Intern; Kelly Hewitt, Vet Intern; Dr. Melissa Hensch, Associate Director of Health 

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