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February 22, 2011
For The VIN News Service

The VIN News Service was created in 2008 as the news media arm of the Veterinary Information Network, the largest online information service devoted to veterinary medicine. Since 1991, VIN has served as a community where colleagues connect to share medical cases and their experiences navigating life, business and the profession. VIN is for veterinarians, by veterinarians. The VIN News Service, like VIN, is advertiser-free, supported by the dues of VIN members.


The VIN News Service aims to reflect the voice of veterinarians and others dedicated to medicine and the health of animals. Our purpose is to enhance the veterinary profession and society by providing unbiased, accurate, insightful news reports and analysis that explore topics and viewpoints not commonly covered by other media outlets. We seek to be an indispensable source for trusted information relevant to the veterinary profession.

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Meet the reporters


Jennifer FialaJennifer Fiala
Jennifer has written exclusively for the veterinary profession for more than a decade. She studied newspaper journalism at Kent State University and post graduation, reported for several local newspapers. In 2000, she made the leap to DVM Newsmagazine, based in the Cleveland area. Eight years later, she moved to the Veterinary Information Network to launch the VIN News Service. Jennifer lives with her husband and two small daughters in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb on Cleveland's west side. Other household inhabitants include a lizard and fish. She can be reached at

Edie LauEdie Lau
Edie has been a journalist for 25 years, most of that time covering science, health and the environment for newspapers in California, Maine and New York. She joined the VIN News Service in 2008 as a part-time freelancer. Now she is a full-time staff writer and editor. Edie has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, six chickens and untold multitudes of slugs near Puget Sound in Washington. She can be reached at

Phyllis DeGioiaPhyllis DeGioia
Phyllis is a copyeditor, proofreader, and reporter for the VIN News Service as well as editor of VIN’s client education resource, She has been writing about veterinary medicine and pets since 2000, and has been with VIN since 2002. She has been published in numerous pet-related websites and magazines and written two breed books. She has a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She lives with two rescued dogs and a rescued cat; two of them were adopted through her veterinary clinic. She can be reached at

Christy Corp-Minamiji Christy Corp-Minamiji
Christy graduated with a DVM degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1996. She worked for several years in the livestock biologics industry followed by a decade in large animal ambulatory medicine before joining VIN as a full-time writer in 2011. Outside of VIN, Christy also writes (largely equine-related) magazine articles and blogs. Her main professional interests include equine medicine and surgery, food animal emergency medicine and veterinary-client communications. When not working, her primary interests are her family — husband Mike and children, Caitlin, Aidan and Sierra — reading, painting and chocolate. She can be reached at


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