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!
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.