Valarie Thomas, DVM
Dr. Valarie Thomas received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Universidad Agraria de la Habana in Havana, Cuba. In 2005, she completed a master of science degree in applied molecular microbiology at the University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences in the UK. There, she conducted research on the ecology and survival of Campylobacter spp. in food and the environment.
Dr. Thomas has worked in clinical veterinary medicine, small-animal surgery, herd health management, pandemic influenza mitigation planning and emerging infectious diseases in wildlife. She has worked on the diagnosis of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused global amphibian declines and extirpations. She continued further training in molecular diagnostics of Bd at the Zoological Society of London, Institute of Zoology (London, UK).
In 2017, Dr. Thomas returned to bench research on a novel chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), which has been decimating salamander and newt populations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Western Germany and Spain. From the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University, Belgium, she coordinated the European mitigation plan against Bsal, and produced publications on the diagnosis and mitigation of Bsal in Europe.
Dr. Thomas began her medical education career at Ross University School of Medicine where she served as an instructor, assistant professor and problem-based learning director. She also directed academic success courses and conducted medical education research. In 2015, her work with undergraduate medical students was recognized with the award for Excellence in Small-group Teaching.
In 2020, Dr. Thomas joined AUC School of Medicine as the manager of the Academic Support department. She is also the course director of the Learning Enhancement Course and teaches in this program to increase the retention and persistence of our academically at-risk students. In addition, she provides one-to-one student advising on non-cognitive and cognitive skills essential for student success.