John “Buzz” Bjorneby

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical)
Washington State University

Dr. John “Buzz” Bjorneby graduated from Veterinary College at Washington State University in 1984, much to the surprise of friends and family. Following graduation, Dr. Bjorneby did a wonderful impression of James Herriot practicing mixed-animal medicine and surgery for two long, very cold years in Eagle River, Alaska. He also provided veterinary help and comic relief for the Iditarod sled dog race. Dr. Buzz provided excellent veterinary care and advice to many of the top Iditarod dog mushers of that time, including Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod.

Dr. Bjorneby returned to the warmth and sunshine of Washington State University and completed a combined residency in clinical pathology and Ph.D. in immunology in 1990, to the astonishment of faculty and staff. His research involved tedious and painstaking isolation of the autoinfective merozoite stage of Cryptosporidium parvum, and the incredible development of neutralizing monoclonal antibodies against this stage. These monoclonal antibodies were evaluated for the treatment of persistent cryptosporidiosis in immunodeficient animal models.

After graduate school Dr. Bjorneby raced to balmy Las Vegas to work for APL Veterinary Laboratories, study for the Clinical Pathology Board Exam, and gamble and dine at every all-you-can-eat buffet on the Vegas Strip. After miraculously passing the Pathology Board exam in 1992, he joined Professional Animal Laboratory (now called Antech Diagnostics) in beautiful southern California, and currently provides consulting for cytopathology, hematology, and immunology. He recently shocked family and friends by eloping to Kauai to marry his girlfriend of 22 years. In all of Dr. Buzz’s free time, he surfs, dives, bikes, skis, and flies the friendly skies in whatever airplane he can find.