2007 ACVS Veterinary Symposium
Monday, April 23, 2007
- Charles W. Raker, VMD, Diplomate ACVS, was selected by the ACVS Foundation Board of Trustees to receive the esteemed ACVS Foundation Legends Award. The ACVS Foundation Legends Award recognizes ACVS Diplomates who have developed a surgical or diagnostic procedure of significant value, proven by becoming the treatment or test of choice for a given condition.
ACVS established the Outstanding Surgical Resident Awards competition to encourage the development of clinically important research and the dissemination of the results of these investigations, particularly those conducted by surgical residents.
- Dr. Evita Busschers won first place for a poster presentation, and received the Resident Poster Presentation Award presented by the ACVS. The title of her poster was: “The effect of glucocorticoids and Interleukin 1-ß on the expression and activity of ADAMTS4 and ADAMTS5 in equine chondrocytes,” by Evita Busschers, Jeff P. Holt and Dean W. Richardson. Dr. Busschers is a 3 rd year surgery resident at Penn Vet’s NewBoltonCenter.
- Dr. Liberty Getman received second place in the Research category of the ACVS Resident’s Forum for the presentation of a scientific abstract. The title of her abstract was: “A Descriptive Comparison of the Arthroscopic Anatomy and MRI Contrast Arthrography of the Equine Palmar Lateral Out-Pouching of the Middle Carpal Joint.” Dr. Getman is a Lecturer in Large Animal Surgery at NewBoltonCenter.
Dr. Urs Giger recipient of the 2007 Bourgelat Award at the 50th Annual Conference of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Dr. Urs Giger was the recipient of the 2007 Bourgelat Award at the 50th Annual Conference of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, the largest veterinary conference in the world held, each year in Birmingham UK. Dr. Giger was honored with this year's "international flagship award in recognition of his really outstanding clinical contributions to small animal medicine", in particular in the fields of hereditary diseases, hematology, and transfusion medicine in companion animals.
Dr. Giger (right) was an honorary guest of the BSAVA and received the Bourgelat award with an inscribed decanter and scroll from the BSAVA president Dr. Michael Jessop (left).
Dr. David Holt receives a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
David E. Holt is Professor of Surgery, Clinician Educator at the School of Veterinary Medicine. He came to Penn from Australia in 1985 to serve as Intern and then Resident in Small Animal Surgery. He received his B.VSc. from the University of Sydney. Dr. Holt currently serves as Section Chief in Surgery and teaches a variety of courses on surgery topics. One student reports that Dr. Holt “asks questions during his lectures that draw students into material” and that allow them to “think critically about the decisions that a surgeon faces.” Another admires his “interactive and thought-provoking teaching style.” Students and colleagues speak highly of his leadership in developing a shelter medicine program that offers students hands-on training at local animal shelters. A colleague writes that she has “never met anyone as genuinely enthusiastic about teaching and interacting with students.”
The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania were established in 1961 with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. The Univeraity normally gives out eight Lindback Awards each year, divided evenly between health-related disciplines and all other departments and divisions. Award winners are determined by nominations and recommendations made by faculty and students in December based on certain guidelines. Two separate committees, one in the Health Schools and one in the Non-Health Schools, consisting of six previous award winners and four students, carefully decide among the nominees. This year's ceremony was held April 23, 2007.
Rosemary Lombardi wins Models of Excellence "Model Supervisor Award"
Rosemary Lombardi, Head Nurse of the ICU, was one of three finalists for the University’s Models of Excellence "Model Supervisor Award.” On April 19th President Amy Gutmann handed Rosemary this well-deserved award at a ceremony held at Zellerbach Theatre. Rosemary was nominated by Lila Sierra, Assistant Head Nurse, and Dr. Lesley King, Director of the ICU. Additional letters of support were also required. She was selected by a prominent committee comprised of University officials and previous winners.
Previous recipients of the Models of Excellence Award include Donna Oakley and her staff in the Blood Bank, and the staff at Widener Hospital won a special Models of Excellence Award two years ago for their superb handling of the Salmonella Newport crisis. This program has only been in existence for a few years at Penn so the Veterinary School has done particularly well in this regard.
Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world's premier veterinary schools. Founded in 1884, the School was built on the concept of Many Species, One Medicine. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the School serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients, from pets to horses to farm animals at our two campuses. In Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals, as well as classrooms, laboratories and the School's administrative offices. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa., encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry. The School has successfully integrated scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education.
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