Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DAVCN
Dr. Joe Bartges received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1987. After completing a 1 year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, he completed a dual residency in medicine and nutrition and a PhD from Minnesota in 1993. He was on faculty at the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at The University of Tennessee in 1997. Currently, he is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition and holds the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research. He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. He has spoken at more than 175 meetings, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, scientific abstracts, and textbook chapters. He is a member of the editorial boards of 5 veterinary journals. Dr. Bartges’ research interests include urinary tract diseases, specifically urolithiasis, renal failure, hypertension, bacterial urinary tract infections, and idiopathic cystitis in cats, and nutrition, specifically the role of nutrition in management and prevention of disease, obesity, and diabetes. He has 3 children: Patrice and Garrick, and his Boxer, Buddy.
Claudia Kirk, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Dr. Kirk is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, where she received her DVM degree, advanced training in internal medicine, and a PhD in Nutrition. She was a senior scientist for several years at the Hill’s Science and Technology Center and has served as teaching faculty for the Mark Morris Institute and Kansas State University. Dr. Kirk is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. She joined the faculty at The University of Tennessee in 2003 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Nutrition and head of the Small Animal Clinical Sciences Department. Her areas of interest include feline calcium oxalate urinary stones, obesity, and feline diabetes mellitus.
Angela Lusby, DVM, PhD, DACVN
Dr. Lusby received her DVM degree from the University of Tennessee in 2004. After spending time in private practice, she returned to Tennessee to complete residency training in small animal nutrition and a PhD in nutrition. Dr. Lusby is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and recently joined the UT Veterinary Nutrition Center as a Clinical Instructor. Her areas of research interest include satiety, adipose hormones, and critical care nutrition.
Residents and Fellows
Beth Hamper, DVM., PhD Candidate
Dr. Hamper received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 2003. After working in all feline practices for 1 year in the Washington D.C. and Chicago areas she completed a medicine internship at a private practice speciality hospital in Indianapolis. She completed her nutrition residency training in 2009. Dr. Hamper is currently enrolled as a PhD graduate student in the Comparative and Experimental Medicine program at UTCVM and studies raw food diets in cats. Her area of interests include feline nutritional genomics and proteomics, and interactions between gut microflora, immunity, and metabolism in cats.
Maryanne Murphy, DVM
Dr. Murphy received her DVM degree from Iowa State University in 2008. After completing a one year internship in general medicine and surgery at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in New York City, she joined the University of Tennessee to complete residency training in small animal nutrition. Her areas of research interest include canine cognitive dysfunction and obesity prevention.
Donna Raditic, DVM, CVA
Dr. Raditic’s specialty and passion is the healing power of good nutrition. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with honors and distinction with a specialty in animal nutrition from Cornell University. Her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine is also from Cornell University. She has post graduate education and certification from Tuft’s University Veterinary College in Chinese and Western Herbology. She practices veterinary chiropractic care after completing the program at Colorado State Veterinary College. Dr. Raditic is certified in veterinary acupuncture and is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association, and the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists. She is currently doing integrative medicine at the University of Tennessee Veterinary College. Dr. Donna is also finishing a veterinary specialist program in clinical nutrition with the American College of Veterinary Nutritionists.
Tammy Moyers, LVMT
Tammy graduated in 1991 from Lincoln memorial University, Harrogate TN with an associate of science degree in Veterinary Technology. Tammy has been at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine since 1996. She resides in New Tazewell with her husband and four children.
Gina Galyon, LVMT
Gina D Galyon, BS, LATg, LVMT graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2009 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Gina has worked in the Small Animal Clinic at the University of Tennessee since 1992 and is a native of Knoxville. She obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992 and soon after joining the department, became a certified Laboratory Animal Technologist. Her interests in veterinary medicine include nutrition, emergency medicine, and research.
Amanda Callens, LVMT
Amanda Callens is a licensed veterinary technician originally from Michigan. She graduated in 2003 from Michigan State University where she earned her bachelors of science in veterinary technology. Amanda started at The University of Tennessee in 2009 and works with Dr. Bartges in nutrition, internal medicine and urology. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and their five furry family members.