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Crossroads FAVS was established to provide comprehensive veterinary service for farm animals in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
Emilie J. Blough, DVM started Crossroads Food Animal Veterinary Service, LLC in January of 2012. Dr. Blough is a Goshen, IN native who was raised on her family's farm (dairy, beef, and crops) near Middlebury. She knew early on in life that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and enjoys the work of her childhood dream job. [The exception is the days of below freezing temperatures, which make the demands of the job a challenge!]
She is a 2007 graduate of Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focused on studying food animals including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens. After graduation from veterinary school, she attended the Cornell Summer Dairy Institute. This eight week course, held at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, focused on advanced training for the next generation of dairy practice-focused veterinarians.
Dr. Blough spent 4 years as a veterinarian in the tri-state region of East Central New York, Vermont and Massachusetts before returning to Goshen. While the practice in the Northeast focused on serving conventional dairy farms, she also gained experience working with individuals raising pastured pork and poultry, traditional beef producers, sheep and goat dairies, organic and grazing based operations, and her own cattle.
Dr. Blough considers herself a lifelong learner and eagerly pursues continuing education opportunities. Some notable events attended include the following:
Dr. Blough is a 2004 graduate of Manchester College (now University) in North Manchester, IN and studied Biology-Chemistry. She played on the Women's Soccer and Softball Teams at Manchester and continues to enjoy playing and watching sports. Dr. Blough is very proud to have been a 10 year 4-H member of Elkhart County, IN. She has enjoyed helping with the Elkhart County, IN and Van Buren County, MI Fairs for the past several years. Dr. Blough is a member of Goshen City Church of the Brethren and the Crystal Valley Exchange Club.
~~Candice Targgart, BS, RVT joined the Crossroads team earlier this year mainly assisting in the office and occasionally on farm calls. She graduated from the veterinary technology program at Purdue University with her AS in 2004 and BS in 2005. After graduation, she began working at Calfcare, a bovine exclusive practice, in North Manchester, IN. It was here that they met during Dr. Blough's senior vet school off-campus rotation. In 2008, Candice began working as a mixed animal technologist at Milford Animal Clinic, where she had a special interest in cattle and whitetail deer related cases. Dr. Blough and Candice recently reconnected while providing their professional services in several research study projects.
As some of you have already gotten to see, Candice is a multi-talented lady. Dr. Blough refers to her as her “right hand everything”. Candice's dedication to the veterinary profession and agriculture, meticulously attentive nature and gift with animals is evident. She strongly shares the sentiment of the CFAVS mission statement; specifically, she is committed to caring for God's creation, both the animals and people, by providing compassionate care and excellent customer service. She is excited to join the team and eager to work with you!
Candice lives outside of Kimmell, IN with her husband, Travis; their sons, Layne and Brock; and their dogs, Windsor, Tucker, and Pip. The Targgarts custom raise replacement heifers; feed out butcher hogs, beef calves, and chickens; and make hay on their family farm.
~~Sheila Kantz is a graduate of Northridge High School and band-mate of Dr. Blough. She is going to be assisting primarily in the office and will be one of the friendly voices you might talk to on the phone. Sheila worked as an ER secretary at Goshen Hospital / IU Health for eight years. Then she transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom after her youngest daughter was born. Now that their girls are school age, we're excited Sheila has accepted the challenge of keeping filing caught up and being the chief Crossroads organizer! (We're not sure she knew what she was signing up for yet!)
Sheila is currently the president of the Bristol Elementary PTO and enjoys fabric crafts like sewing and counted cross stitch. She and her husband, Nik, live in Bristol and have two daughters, Gabbee and Libbee. Their family has one dog named Sparky, and they raise and show Pygmy and Boer goats along with a few different rabbit breeds. They have chickens, too.
Anna is a Holstein cow that was born on May 15, 2009. Anna got a broken leg not long after she entered this world, and was given to Dr. Blough as a 1 day old calf. The photo above is actually of Molly, one of Dr. Blough's other cows, who also was given to her with a broken leg needing repair. Anna and Molly both received a fiberglass cast to stabilize their broken bone(s), and their legs healed very well.
Anna has calved five times. The first calf she raised was named Noel, her second calf was Arthur, her third pregnancy was a set of TWINS named Aiden and Abby, and her fourth calf was Addy. Anna has just recently calved her fifth, Eddy. Anna has been a friendly companion to many humans and animals through the years and continues to be a lovable pet cow.