“For as long as I remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian,” Leffel said. “I have worked hard to achieve this goal throughout my eight years of college education.”

A new doctoral degree recipient from the University of Missouri will soon be practicing veterinary medicine in Linn Creek.

Jennifer Leffel of Clintonville, Wis., earned the degree from MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine this spring.

Leffel graduated from Clintonville High School in 2009 and is the daughter of Kris Strauman. Leffel has accepted a position at the Lake of the Ozarks Animal Hospital in Linn Creek where she will begin working in June.

Leffel was a recipient of the Karen L. Campbell Scholarship, for which she had to demonstrate an interest in veterinary dermatology. The scholarship, presented by the College of Veterinary Medicine, is awarded to a fourth-year student in the top 25 percent of their class.

“For as long as I remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian,” Leffel said. “I have worked hard to achieve this goal throughout my eight years of college education.”

Since 2009, graduates of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, Missouri’s only veterinary program to offer doctoral degrees, have had a pass rate on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination of at least 97 percent, with 100 percent achieved most years.