Dr. John Tegzes is a board-certified Veterinary Toxicologist, who is currently a professor of Toxicology and Director of Year I curriculum at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Western University of Health Sciences. His career in health sciences begin with an undergraduate degree in nursing, after which he practiced in both in-patient acute care and community/public health settings. Because of a strong passion to work with animals, he returned to school, pursuing a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. After spending several years in small animal practice, he completed a residency in clinical and diagnostic toxicology at the University of California, Davis. Toxicology was the perfect bridge between human and veterinary medicine, and sparked an awareness and interest in interprofessional practice and education. At Western University, he is one of the founding faculty members and designers of the interprofessional education program that spans nine health professions, including veterinary medicine. In addition to small animal practice, Dr. Tegzes has worked for the Oregon Poison Center at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR, and for the California Poison Control System. He has been at Western University since 2003.