UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Ashley Steuer, DVM

Steuer is conducting in vitro (in the laboratory) research on cultivating certain equine parasites.

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Name: Ashley Steuer, DVM
From: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Degrees and institutions where received: Michigan State University Lyman Briggs College, BS, Animal Science with a minor in Spanish
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM

Ashley Steuer’s path to the University of Kentucky (UK) wasn’t necessarily the most straightforward one. Back in 2012, she wanted to pursue equine and large animal practice (mainly dairy) after completing veterinary school. However, that plan shifted once she discovered parasitology.

“My passion for it began in my first-year parasitology class, taught by Dr. Patton and Dr. Gerhold,” Steuer said. “I was immediately hooked.”

To pursue her new dream of becoming a veterinary parasitologist in an academic setting, Steuer knew she’d need to obtain both a PhD and a residency. She began researching options, and during her clinical year, she used her externships to visit Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, and East Tennessee Clinical Research, Inc. (ETCR), in Knoxville

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