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College of Veterinary Medicine

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. Patty Scharko, DVM, MPH, Diplomate ACVPM

Dr. Patty Scharko, DVM, MPH, Diplomate ACVPM

Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Scharko, who was raised in Columbia, S.C., earned a D.V.M. in 1983 from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. She completed an internship at Tufts University Ambulatory and a residency in production medicine at North Carolina State University. Dr. Scharko was on faculty at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada in the Ambulatory section for six years. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1994. In 1995, Dr. Scharko became employed as the extension ruminant veterinarian at the University of Kentucky, Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center. In 2008, she joined Clemson University as an extension/field veterinarian at Livestock Poultry Health in Columbia, SC. She is currently involved with cattle, goats and sheep production/management/herd health. Her major areas of activities include biosecurity and FAMACHA/parasite control training in small ruminants, Scrapie eradication, Beef Quality Assurance.

Dr. Scharko is currently on the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Council, South Carolina Association of Veterinarians (SCAV) board, and Clemson University IACUC. She is past president for AABP (American Association of Bovine Practitioners), ACVPM (American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine), AASRP (American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners), and AAEV (American Association of Extension Veterinarians).

Dr. Jeryl Jones, PhD, DVM, DACVR

Dr. Jeryl Jones, PhD, DVM, DACVR

Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jones is a veterinary radiologist and professor in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine at Clemson University. She moved to Clemson in the spring of 2015 from West Virginia University’s Animal and Nutritional Sciences Division in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Jones completed her undergraduate degree in Pre-Professional Studies, Zoology from Clemson University. During her time at Clemson, she worked as a research assistant for several projects and developed an interest in research. She went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Georgia. Upon completing veterinary school, Dr. Jones worked in private veterinary practices in Syracuse, NY; Aiken, SC; and Barnwell, SC.

After seven years in private practice, she entered a residency program at Auburn University to become a board-certified veterinary radiologist. During her residency program, she rediscovered her interest in research and went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Studies from Auburn University. Her research currently focuses on diagnostic imaging applications in natural animal and experimental animal models.

Staff

Erin Thompson

 

Erin Thompson

Multimedia and Graphic Design Specialist

Erin Thompson serves as the Multimedia and Graphic Design Specialist for Clemson University’sCollege of Veterinary Medicine. With a background in graphic design and marketing, Thompson is responsible for leading design projects, website development, social media strategy, and contributing to overall content development.

Thompson received a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing from Mississippi State University. She is currently furthering her education by pursuing an MBA in Digital Brand Communications at Clemson University.

The development of a new college at Clemson is a unique opportunity Thompson is excited to be a part of. She is looking forward to applying her knowledge and experience in graphic design, marketing, and brand development to aid in the success of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

 Darrin Callicoat

Darrin Callicoat

Facilities Manager

As the Facilities Manager for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Clemson University, Callicoat is responsible for all facility operations, capital planning, business continuity, utility utilization, occupancies, and security. He also represents the CVM team as the primary liaison to Clemson University facilities, construction teams, and project managers.

Callicoat has over 25 years of technical and leadership experience along with a master’s degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Ohio University. While working for several fortune 500 companies, he has led teams of engineers, architects, project managers, and large facility organizations. In his senior leadership roles, he provided direct support to executives in finance and business operations, corporate lease & renewals, third-party contracts, capital forecasting, and growth planning.

Callicoat is thrilled for this opportunity and feels it is a true privilege to take on the role as Facilities Manager for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Clemson University. He is dedicated to the success of the CVM team and the well-being of the staff and students who call Clemson home.

Chris Braswell

Chris Braswell

Director of IT

Chris Braswell is the Director of IT for the College of Veterinary Medicine, where he oversees all IT operations, including both instructional and research technology. Braswell ensures the seamless integration and functionality of all technological systems within the college. 

In 2009, Braswell earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Lander University. Since then, he has built a diverse career spanning both higher education and healthcare sectors. His extensive experience includes classroom technology, data center management, data communications, and healthcare technology.

Outside of his professional life, Braswell enjoys kayaking, camping, and hiking with his wife, Jessica, their daughter, Elayna, and dog, Enzo. These outdoor activities provide a perfect balance to his tech-focused career, allowing him to unwind and connect with nature.

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