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Dr. John Coatney is a former Army veterinarian from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is currently finishing a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology at Iowa State University, His wife, Kristen, is a hairstylist from Stillwater, Oklahoma
John participated in Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF) during vet school, and when he and Kristen were visiting friends in Haiti in 2011, John met a CVM field staff member who lived there. John told the field worker that he and Kristen were considering long term overseas work, and she encouraged them to contact CVM. Since then, they have been on short-term trips to Romania and Ethiopia, and are involved with their local CVF chapter.
John will be mentoring veterinary graduate students in Tropical Animal Diseases and Food Safety and Zoonoses, as well as building up the research program, focused on infectious/zoonotic diseases, at the veterinary school at Mekelle University in northern Ethiopia. He will also be working with faculty at the seminary to grow their curricula in the areas of biblical languages, exegesis, and patristics. In addition to raising their two children full-time, Kristen will use her hairstyling skills to minister to local Westerners, and plans to volunteer with local children’s ministries.
The Coatneys are partnered with St. Frumentius Ethiopian Orthodox Seminary, where John has been asked to teach biblical languages and early Christian history and theology.
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