Dr. Susan Piscopo
I am a veterinarian and a physiologist who specializes in the field of reproductive physiology and toxicology. I have experience in clinical veterinary practice, as well as applied research. While my role at Keene State College is primarily as an Adjunct Professor, I also serve as the Attending Veterinarian for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or IACUC.
I was an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, where I earned a BS in Animal Science. I attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where I earned a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine. I practiced both large and small animal medicine and surgery, with equine medicine as my specialty. I accepted a fellowship to return to North Carolina State University to study reproductive physiology and toxicology. My research interests included studying the effects of anthelmintic (dewormer) drugs on the development of preimplantation embryos in cattle.
Before coming to Keene State College I worked as a freelance science writer, publishing in both layman technical journals and peer-reviewed journals for veterinary practitioners. I joined the adjunct faculty in the Biology Department in 2008, and it is here that I have had the opportunity to further develop my passion for teaching, working alongside exceptional faculty to serve the students of New Hampshire and surrounding region.
I teach several courses in the Biology Department, including Molecules & Cells, Evolution, Cells & Physiology, Microbiology, and Reproductive Physiology. I am also involved in the Integrative Studies Program, where I teach Quantitative Literacy, and The A.R.T. of Reproduction for non-science majors. Out of the classroom, I have the privilege of advising biology majors and mentoring students doing independent study research projects. I also work closely with students who are applying to graduate programs in the health-related fields, including veterinary, medical, and pharmacy programs.
My teaching philosophy centers on sharing my deep passion for science and the natural world each and every day I am in the classroom. I believe in kindling that same sense of wonder in all of my students.