Maria DashekMS DVM PhD, Technical Manager

Dr. Dashek has her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University and is a graduate of the Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence (MPC-COE) program, where she completed two internships at Gold ‘N Plump. She completed a master’s degree in science in comparative biomedical sciences, which she received in August 2015, and she graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2017. While in veterinary school, Dr. Dashek was an extern at Cobb-Vantress, Ceva, Mountaire Farms, Hy-Line, and the University of Georgia – Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center. Dr. Dashek completed her doctoral studies in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For her Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Dashek studied a novel anti-coccidial immunotherapy. Her work scrutinized the finding that, during oral antibody administration to either interleukin 10 or its receptor, IL-10 R2, chickens mounted an adequate immune response to Eimeria while minimizing its negative effects on bodyweight gain. Dr. Dashek mentored numerous undergraduate student researchers and co-taught a class on avian health for the MPC-COE. She received the 2017 Merck Animal Health/Poultry Science Association Foundation Poultry Research Fellowship, as well as Certificates of Excellence for her Poultry Science Association abstract presentations at the annual meetings in both 2017 and 2018.  She is happy to be at BV Science, and play a vital role at the intersection of scientific discovery and practical application of products to aid in improving poultry health.

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