Jennifer Schleining


Dr. Jennifer Schleining

Jennifer Schleining is a board certified large animal surgeon at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from South Dakota State University where she had to take class notes by hand and graduated with her DVM from Iowa State University in 2001. She then entered a period of soul-searching which led to five states in five years and included completing internships in equine medicine and surgery at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre in Gilbert, AZ and Southwest Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Scottsdale, AZ, practicing as a mixed animal associate in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and completing a Large Animal Clinical Fellowship at Oregon State University prior to completing a large animal surgery residency at Iowa State University. Somewhere along the way she obtained a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Science with an emphasis in biomechanics and is currently an associate professor and the Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professor of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University.

Her professional interests include the education of veterinary students, advancing surgical procedures and knowledge in large animals, and orthopedic diseases. Jennifer is married to her veterinary classmate and partner in crime, Dr. Frank Cerfogli, who has patiently (mostly) followed her on her quest for professional fulfillment. Together, they operate Four Charm Farm which currently includes three incredibly intelligent daughters (traits derived from their maternal lineage), a six year old son destined to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live (paternal contribution), an ancient spoiled house cat, an eternally happy Golden Retriever, two leopard geckos, a long haired bunny with an attitude, a miniature horse, two over conditioned American Quarter Horses, and a very useful rebuilt Ford tractor.