Thursday, October 21, 2021

Altadena native earns doctor of veterinary medicine degree from midwestern university


Danielle Lucine Balian, DVM, of Altadena, CA has completed the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of Midwestern University. Conferring of degrees took place in a virtual graduation ceremony hosted by Midwestern University on May 28th, 2021.

Dr. Balian is the daughter of Altadena residents Dr. Raffi and Patricia Balian. She graduated from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in 2011 and earned a B.A. in Biology from Occidental College in 2015. While at Midwestern, she spent her Saturday mornings volunteering at Liberty Wildlife Sanctuary and served on the boards of several clubs, including the Exotics and Wildlife Club, Trap-Neuter-Return Club and the Poultry Club. After graduation, she will be beginning employment at Vet Villa Animal Hospital in South Pasadena, CA.

The College of Veterinary Medicine, home to Arizona’s first veterinary doctoral program, graduated its inaugural class in 2018. Its mission is to improve animal and human life through innovative veterinary education, state-of-the-art healthcare services, and scholarly work relevant to the principles of One Health. Veterinarians provide healthcare services for small, large, or mixed-animal populations via general practice or specialty fields, as well as work in biomedical research, veterinary medical education, diagnostic laboratories, regulatory medicine, public health, industry, or biosecurity.


Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit graduate and postgraduate educational institution specializing in the health sciences with 14 colleges located on two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to nearly 3,000 students and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove; the College of Health Sciences-Illinois; the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois; the Chicago College of Optometry; and the College of Graduate Studies-Illinois.  The Arizona campus, located on a 156-acre site in Glendale, is home to over 3,900 students and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Pharmacy, Glendale; the College of Health Sciences-Arizona; the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona; the Arizona College of Optometry; the College of Veterinary Medicine; the College of Graduate Studies-Arizona; and the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit or call 623/572-3215.

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