Veterinary editors added to AVMA publications staff

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Dr. Byron
Dr. Christopher R. Byron
Dr. Pillars
Dr. Roxanne B. Pillars

Drs. Christopher R. Byron and Roxanne B. Pillars joined the AVMA Publications Division staff in September as assistant editors for the JAVMA and AJVR.

Dr. Byron is a 1998 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., he went on to a combined equine surgery residency and master's degree program at Michigan State University.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Byron spent six years as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois and, most recently, was working at a private equine referral center in New York state.

Dr. Byron has authored and co-authored research articles in several peer-reviewed publications, including the JAVMA and AJVR.

"I am looking forward to my new role as an assistant editor with the AVMA and feel it will be a natural complement to my experiences as a surgeon, researcher, and veterinary educator," Dr. Byron said. "The dissemination of veterinary knowledge is of critical importance to advancement of the profession, and I am excited to be involved in that process."

Dr. Pillars comes to the AVMA from the University of Idaho's Caine Veterinary Teaching Center. There, she taught students from Washington State University and performed research related to dairy production medicine.

Additionally, Dr. Pillars worked for the Michigan State University Extension Service and College of Veterinary Medicine and has held positions in various private practices focusing on mixed animal and dairy medicine.

Dr. Pillars is a 1996 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also earned her master's and doctoral degrees.

"I am excited about starting the next phase of my career in the AVMA Publications Division," Dr. Pillars said. "Being a long-time reader of both AVMA journals, I am looking forward to the challenge of being an assistant editor."