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CVM News, Updates for April


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> Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt is the recipient of the 2013 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the trustees and NC State University. The honor recognizes faculty members who during their careers have made “outstanding contributions to the University” through their achievements in research, teaching, or extension and engagement.

Previous College of Veterinary Medicine recipients of the award, which was established in 1992 and is named for NC State's first president, are Founding Dean Terry Curtin (1993) and Dr. Kenneth Adler, professor of cell biology (2004).

The current issue of the Journal of Comparative Pathology includes a paper co-authored by Dr. Breitschwerdt that explained how observations involving Bartonella led the authors to propose an additional postulate of comparative infectious disease causation to Koch's postulate when determining whether or not a pathogen causes a disease. Other authors are Dr. Keith Linder and Ricardo Maggi of the CVM and researchers from the University of Bristol, University of California-Davis, and the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Infection Control in Germany.

> Here’s a version of the Seoul Broadcasting System "60 minutes" type program on animal prosthetics. This version focuses on Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little's patient Jack, an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, who received two prosthetic paws.   

Dr. Marcellin-Little was one of the collaborating researchers in a study of gait-related issues in lean & obese dogs published in the current issue of American Journal of Veterinary Research.  

Foxi, a search & rescue dog  and a potential orthopedic patient for Dr. Marcellin-Little, is the focus of a WGHB-TV awareness campaign to raise funds for a needed surgery. Video.

> The NC State Bulletin reported that the Ophthalmology Service is providing free eye exams to qualified working/ service dogs throughout May as part of the National Service Dog Eye Exam program sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

> Donald F. Smith, professor of surgery and Dean Emeritus at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is writing a series — Perspective in Veterinary Medicine — to help mark the AVMA’s 150th anniversary. The CVM is the first program profiled. Pervious Deans Terry Curtin and Oscar Fletcher and current Dean Paul Lunn are quoted in the article, “At the Interface of Medicine and Agriculture: North Carolina’s College of Veterinary Medicine.” 

> Dr. Anthony Blikslager’s research into using stem cells to repair injured tissue and aid in intestinal healing after colic surgery is profiled in an extensive article by Veterinary Practice News.

> Dr. James Brown was one of the collaborating researchers in a study of 488 cases examining the safety of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS). The paper appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

> Dr. Sid Thakur presented “Antimicrobial Resistance: Do we know everything?” at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture annual conference. He was also interviewed on how taking animals off antibiotics may not solve resistant bacteria strains in animal agriculture in a podcast during the conference.  

Dr. Thakur also is the recipient of the “Outstanding Global Engagement Award “ for international research & development presented by the NC State University Office of International Affairs.

> Dr. Barrett Slenning discussed the aspects of emerging N7N9 in the days after its initial detection in China for the NC State Abstract and CVM News Central blog. Dr. Slenning also discussed how the 'Case Fatality Rate' or CFR is developed for flu outbreaks in a second Abstract post.   

> Dr. Callie Fogle led a group of CVM equine students in participating in the Unwanted Horse Coalition’s Operation Gelding program, a nationwide effort to help owners castrate stallions and reduce the number of unwanted horses.

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> Dr. Jock Tate participated in the “Quest for the Best” Challenge, a fun, two-day philanthropic event to support the Southern Pines Companion Animal Clinic Foundation. As part of the dressage competition, Dr. Tate won the Champion’s Crown with Shannon Hoffman’s mule, Lucky Number Seven.



> The NC State Technician did an article on the CVM and the NC State Department of Social Work course that was developed to inform social workers on the importance of the human-animal bond. Jeannine Moga, Veterinary Health Complex clinical social worker, co-developed and presented the workshop.

> NC State CVM graduate Dr. Wendy Ying hosts Driving Radio Show, part of the Horse Radio Network.

> The CVM created the Charlotte Bacon Veterinary Scholarship to honor six-year-old Charlotte Helen Bacon, one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School children who died on Dec. 14, 2012. According to her parents Joel and JoAnn Bacon, Charlotte never met an animal she did not love and wanted to be a veterinarian since age two.

> Dr. Jim Floyd, previous head of the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, is featured in a NBC News video report concerning the "Sniffer" dog program at Auburn CVM.

> The CVM Open House attracted thousands of visitors on April 27 and was the subject of an article in the Raleigh News & Observer.

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