Dr. Trey Cook comes to us from North Carolina, where he recently graduated from veterinary school at North Carolina State University. He was born in Concord, a small town outside Charlotte, but lived in various parts of the state while growing up. As early as 7 years old, he was saying he wanted to become a veterinarian, and after graduating from East Carolina University in 2017 with a B.S. in biochemistry, that childhood dream finally started to be realized.
While in veterinary school, experience on the school dairy, influence from a few key professors, and a mission trip to a small dairy outside of Nairobi, Kenya cemented his passion for dairy cows, the dairy industry and its producers. He also gained a great appreciation for the powerful impact that food-producing operations have both in America and throughout the world. During his time at NCSU, Trey dove into as many dairy and food animal opportunities as he could find, and grew to love the medical, economical, food safety and relational aspects of dairy medicine. He is excited and enthusiastic to do his part in helping producers maximize the efficiency of their operations to the benefit of farming families and consumers alike.
When not on the dairy or at the office, you can probably find him hiking in the mountains and enjoying California’s legendary national parks, trying to set up a game of sand volleyball, or barbecuing with friends.
Amanda was born and raised on a dairy farm in central New York State. She earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill in Dairy Science, and spent several years as a herdsman before attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois.
During her vet school tenure, Amanda did multiple internships including respiratory disease research, spending a summer at Select Sires headquarters in Ohio, learning OPU in Oregon, and attending Wisconsin’s Dairy Production Management Rotation; a six-week course designed to teach herd based approaches to cattle health and production.
After graduating in 2020, Amanda joined a small mixed animal practice in south-eastern South Dakota, and worked predominantly with dairy and beef cattle. She joins us to follow her passions in the dairy industry, including reproductive technologies, genetics and calf health.
Amanda has two travel-loving cats, Kitty and Muffin, as well as a small herd of Ayreshire cattle that reside on the family farm. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running and baking.
Valley Veterinarians, Inc has moved our offices to 116 W Cedar Ave. This location is just north of Bardsley Ave, and only 1.5 miles from our old offices on South K St. The new building offers a lot more parking, as well as more internal square footage, which has allowed our milk quality laboratory to expand, as well as provide more room for other projects and offices.
I grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina, a small town located in the central part of the state. I received a B.S. in Molecular Biology from Appalachian State University, and then later my DVM from North Carolina State University. During my time in undergraduate school, I began riding with a mixed large animal veterinarian, who focused on beef cattle production. It was this experience that prompted my interest in pursuing a career in large animal medicine. Throughout veterinary school, I worked at the school farm where I was responsible for taking care of all of the livestock. I was also president of several clubs, including the school chapter of the AABP, and was involved in other extracurricular school events. During the holidays and summers, I traveled and rode with beef and dairy veterinarians in NC, WY, CO, ID, OR, CA, NM, SD and TX. It was these experiences that led me to becoming a dairy veterinarian. My interests lie primarily in milk quality and production economics.
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, fishing and traveling.
Ben Schmidt grew up on a beef and cropping farm near Delmar, IA. He attended undergraduate and veterinary school at Iowa State during which time he completed a preceptorship with Valley Vets in his final year. After graduation he joined a small mixed animal clinic in northeast Iowa working with predominantly dairy and beef clients but also dogs, cats, horses, chickens, pigs, goats, and as well as some rabbits.
From there he and his wife and fellow veterinarian, Erica, decided to have an adventure together. They ended up in southwest Victoria, Australia where Ben worked mainly with dairy cattle while Erica did mixed animal work. The list of animals worked on then grew adding koalas, penguins and even a kangaroo. Dairy work in Australia was very different from dairy work in Iowa or the central valley as all the herds are managed in grazing systems. This led Ben to develop a keen interest in dairy cattle lameness treatment and prevention.
Their daughter, Adeline, was born in September and prompted the move back to the valley to be near family (Erica is an Atwater, CA native). The whole family is excited to be here and look forward to getting to know everyone in the area!
Valleyvetslab.com is our new website developed to report results to clients, their employees, and their veterinarians. It is a searchable online database that will allow for contemporary and historical analysis of what organisms are cultured from the samples you submit to our milk quality lab. Dairy owners are able to control who has access to the results, and results are reported either via email, text message, or both. It is also possible to import results from our laboratory website directly into individual cowcards in DairyComp, allowing for culture-based treatment decisions, or other culture-based protocols to be made within your dairy management software. All of our veterinarians are proficient with the website and can help owners set up their dairy to ensure that results get where they need to be. We are currently signing up dairies, and in the process of transitioning from our old system that was labor intensive and somewhat cumbersome. Should you need any assistance on your end, either in signing up your dairy, accessing results, or interpreting the results, please have a conversation with your herd veterinarian, or contact us.
Alexandra Myhal grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and recently graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Morris. While in Minnesota she spent time with a mixed animal practice that introduced her to food animal medicine and the joys of a rural community. Her interest in food animal medicine, specifically dairy, continued at Ohio State. While at Ohio State she was a member of the Food Animal Club, AABP, and participated in Dairy Challenge. During the summers and her clinical year, she traveled the United States working with dairy veterinarians in Minnesota, Michigan, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. After graduation she participated in the Cornell Summer Dairy Institute, a summer course with a wide variety of dairy management topics and speakers.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Alexandra enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Nadia Torok recently graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. A native of Orange, CA, Nadia has dreamed of being a large animal veterinarian since childhood, thanks to her involvement in a local 4H club. She attained a bachelors degree in animal science at UC Davis, where her interests in genetics, reproductive physiology and their applications in animal agriculture were fueled. In veterinary school, she enjoyed being a member of the student chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and helped lead the Christian Veterinary Missions student fellowship. Nadia has had the privilege of serving with Christian Veterinary Missions on two trips to Nicaragua to provide veterinary services for both small and large animals (although she enjoyed working most with the local ranchers and their cattle). She’s excited to be a part of the amazing team at Valley Veterinarians, and looks forward to pursuing her interest in herd health and advanced reproductive technologies.