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Dr. Diana Hassel Joins Department of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Diana Hassel has joined the Department of Clinical Sciences where she is an Assistant Professor in Equine Surgery. She comes to Colorado State from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, where she was a lecturer and practiced equine surgery with an emphasis on emergency surgery.
Dr. Hassel received her doctorate’s degree in Comparative Pathology from the University of California, Davis, in 2003, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and her doctor of veterinary medicine degree. She is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, certified in February 1998.
Dr. Hassel began working at UC-Davis in 1988 while still an undergraduate student. She stayed on following graduation, eventually becoming an equine surgery resident and then clinical fellow in equine surgery. In 1998, she joined the staff as a lecturer and equine surgeon, than was an associate staff veterinarian, concurrent with her graduate study program.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Endurance Ride Conference, and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Hassel’s research interests include equine enterolithiasis, gastrointestinal physiology/gene expression, and equine anatomy. She has received numerous honors and awards including membership in the Phi Zeta Honor Society, Upjohn Award, and the Merck Veterinary Achievement Award.
In addition to her passion for veterinary medicine, Dr. Hassel is an avid tri-athlete. She has competed in the Ironman triathlon and enjoys competitive road cycling, and competitive swimming and running. She also finds time to ski, rock climb, and scuba dive, and plays piano. We welcome Dr. Hassel to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and wish her the best of luck in her work here.