A Message to Our Alumni

Dear Alumni,

Welcome to our Alumni webpage, which we're creating to keep connected with our former students! Follow the links below to stories about alumni whom we've heard from recently and other alumni whose stories are featured in the SEBS-NJAES Newsroom.

We would love to hear from you. Email us your story and a photo (with a detailed caption) for this new Alumni webpage and/or our next newsletter. See the News and Events webpage and the current issue of Animal Science Update for recent accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni.


Wendie Cohick, Chair, Dept. of Animal Sciences
Aparna Zama, Undergraduate Program Director
Carol Bagnell, Graduate Program Director

Alumni Stories

Nora Jean Nealon, B.S.

Nora Jean Nealon, B.S., 2014

Nora Jean Nealon graduated from SEBS with majors in animal science (pre-vet/research), biology, and nutrition and minors in companion animal science and endocrine physiology & health sciences. She has accepted an offer into the seven-year dual-degree program at Colorado State University, where she will earn her DVM and PhD. See Newsroom story.

Amanda Szucsik, M.S.

Amanda Szucsik, M.S., 2001

Amanda was recently admitted (Class of 2018) to North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the only vet school in the US to offer a focused curriculum in laboratory animal medicine. She writes: I am excited to begin this next chapter in my life and can hardly believe that this dream is finally coming true! Amanda has worked with a variety of laboratory animals and is committed to their welfare. Read her story.

Barry Adler, DVM

Barry M. Adler, DVM, 1972

Past President of the NJVMA, Barry has been a key organizer of the Animal Science Alumni Steering Committee. He and several other vet alums participated in the Veterinary Science Club's Halloween mixer, freely sharing career advice. See his bio on the SEBS-NJAES Newsroom.

Stephen Birchard, DVM

Stephen J. Birchard, DVM, MS; Diplomate, ACVS, 1972

Steve s new educational blog for veterinarians is called Veterinary Key Points. He writes: I have many fond memories of my days at Rutgers My advisors Drs. Grun and Tudor helped me get into the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and then enjoy a full and satisfying career as a veterinarian My bio is attached if you want more detail on the career of a graduate who is proud to say he is an alum of a fine university."

Ralph Brinster

Ralph L. Brinster, 1953

While at Rutgers, National Medal of Science recipient Ralph Brinster was President of the Poultry Science Club and an Alpha Zeta member. He was honored for his fundamental contributions to the development and use of transgenic mice. We salute this Rutgers alumnus who grew up on a New Jersey farm and started his prestigious career on Cook Campus. Read our 2012 newsletter story and his bio on the SEBS-NJAES Newsroom.