Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD, was awarded the 2017 Proctor Medal for his research in ophthalmology from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He is the first veterinarian to be granted the Medal in its 67-year history. The Proctor Medal honors excellence in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. The award will be presented at the 2017 ARVO meeting, where Aguirre also will deliver the Proctor Lecture. Aguirre’s research area is the molecular basis of inherited blindness. His team uses dog models to study the genetic mechanisms behind vision impairment. His research spans several vision disorders, including Leber’s congenital amaurosis, Best disease, and retinitis pigmentosa. Aguirre’s approach to developing genetic therapies for dogs with Leber’s congenital amaurosis has paved the way to clinical trials in humans, currently underway.
Dr. Tracy Bale Receives NIH Merit Award
Tracy Bale, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Director of Penn Vet’s Neuroscience Center, received a
MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award for her recently funded R01 MHI08286 on Paternal Stress
Epigenetics. The award converts a five-year grant into a ten-year grant. MERIT awardees cannot apply for the
award; they are nominated by the funding NIH institute from a large pool of competing award recipients and
then endorsed by an advisory council.
Less than five percent of NIH-funded investigators are selected to receive MERIT Awards, which are designed to
give productive and creative scientists long-term support, without the burden of constantly devoting time and
staff resources to applying for new grants to fund their research. NIH created the MERIT Award program in 1986,
to support investigators whose research skills and productivity are “distinctly superior” and who are highly likely
to continue to perform in an outstanding manner.
William Beltran, DVM, PhD, received a 2016 Pfizer
Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award from
the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Rumela Chakrabarti, PhD, was an invited speaker at the Stem
Cell Niche and Cancer Microenvironment meeting at Cedars-
Sinai Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles, last
November. In April, she spoke at the 7th International p63/p73
Workshop in Boston.
Raimon Duran-Struuck, DVM, PhD, was awarded the Premi
Extraordinari de Doctorat en Inmunologia Avançada in
April from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The
award is given to the best PhD thesis within each specific
academic discipline. Duran was the recipient of the advanced
immunology award based on his long-term work focused in
hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and immunological
Amy Durham, VMD, was invited to give a four-hour lecture
series in June at the University of Perugia, Italy, on the WHO
classification system for hematopoietic neoplasms and
subtyping lymphomas in dogs, cats, and horses. Durham was
also the invited keynote speaker at the Australian Society of
Veterinary Pathology Annual Meeting, which took place from
July 15 to 17 in the city of Townsville in Queensland, Australia.
She spoke on multiple topics in hematopoietic pathology.
Karina Guziewicz, PhD, delivered a talk on AAV-mediated
Therapy for Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy in March at the Translational Research Acceleration Program Meeting in Baltimore.
Mark Haskins, VMD, PhD, gave two talks in April at “The
Brain and MPS: Today and Tomorrow” event in Stockholm,
Sweden. His topics were What can we learn from animal
models and Gene therapy. He published the following [vet
students’ names in bold]: Peck, SH, O’Donnell, P, Kang, JL,
Malhotra, NR, Dodge, GR, Pacifici, M, Shore, EM, Haskins, ME,
Smith, LJ (2015) Pinpointing the Earliest Manifestations of Bone
Disease in Mucopolysaccharidosis VII Dogs. J Mol Genet Metab.
2015 Nov;116(3):195-203. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2015.09.008.
Epub 2015 Sep 26. He also published: Flanagan-Steet H,
Aarnio M, Kwa, B, Guihard P, Petrey A, Haskins M, Steet
R (2016) Cathepsin-mediated alterations in TGF-related
signaling underlie disrupted cartilage and bone maturation
associated with impaired lysosomal targeting. J Bone Miner
Res. 2016 Mar;31(3):535-48. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2722. Epub 2015
Oct 13. Additionally, he published: Gurda, BL, De Guilhem De
Lataillade, A, Bell, A, Wang, P, Ponder, KP, Bagel, J, Hinderer,
C, Yox, AD, Steet, RA, Louboutin, J-P Casal, M, Wilson, JW, and
Haskins, ME (2016) Evaluation of AAV-mediated gene therapy
for canine mucopolysaccharidosis VII. Molec Therapy Oct 8. doi:
10.1038/mt.2015.189. [Epub ahead of print]. He also published:
Pang, B, Yee, KK, Lischak, FW, Rawson, NE, Haskins, ME, Wysocki,
CJ, Craven, BA, Van Valkenburgh, B (2016) The influence of nasal
airflow on respiratory and olfactory epithelial distribution in
the domestic cat (Felis catus) and bobcat (Lynx rufus). J Exp Biol.
2016 Apr 4. pii: jeb.131482. [Epub ahead of print].
Haskins also published the following: Ruane, T, Haskins, M,
Cheng, A, Aguirre, G, Knox, VW, Qi, Y, Tompkins, T, O’Neill,
CA (2016) Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics and
Biodistribution of Recombinant Human N-Acetylgalactosamine
4-Sulfatase after 6 Months of Therapy in Cats using Different
IV Infusion Durations. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
117 (2016) 157–163. Additionally, he published: Callan, MB,
Askins, ME, Wang, P, Zhou, S, High, KA, Arruda, VR (2016)
Successful phenotype improvement following gene therapy
for severe hemophilia A in privately owned dogs. PLoS One.
2016 Mar 24;11(3):e0151800. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151800.
Lastly, he published the following: Simonaro, CM, Tomatsu,
S, Sikora, T, Frohbergh, M, Guevara Morales, JM, Wang, RY,
Vera, M, Smith, L, Kang, J, Schuchman, EH, Haskins, ME, (2016)
Pentosan Polysulfate: Oral Versus Subcutaneous Injection
in Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I Dogs. PLoS One. 2016 Apr
11;11(4):e0153136. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153136.
Christopher Lengner, PhD, provided invited seminars at the
Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dongguk University, Seoul
Korea; Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine Black Family
Stem Cell Institute; Wistar Institute; and the Cold Spring
Harbor Laboratory Stem Cell Meeting. He published the
following [lab members’ names in bold]: Park H, Kim HW,
Yoo JS, Lee J, Choi H, Baek S, Lee CJ, Lengner CJ, Sung JS, and
Kim J. “Homogenous generation of iDA neurons with high
similarity to bona fide DA neurons using a drug-inducible
system” Biomaterials 2015 Dec;72:152-62. doi: 10.1016/j.
biomaterials.2015.09.002. Epub 2015 Sep 6. He also published:
Li N, Yousefi M, Nakauka-Ddamba A, Li F, Vandivier L, Parada K,
Woo DH, Wang S, Naqvi AS, Rao S, Tobias J, Cedeno R, Minuesa
G, Katz Y, Barlowe TS, Valvezan AJ, Shankar S, Deering RP, Klein
PS, Jensen S, Kharas MG, Gregory BD, Yu Z, Lengner CJ. “The
Msi family of RNA binding proteins function redundantly as
intestinal oncoproteins” Cell Reports, 2015 Dec 22;13(11):2440-
55. doi: 10.1016 PMCID in process. In addition, he published:
Katlinskaya YV, Katlinski KV, Lasri A, Li N, Beiting DP, Durham
AC, Yang T, Pikarsky E, Lengner CJ, Johnson FB, Ben-Neriah
Y, Fuchs SY. “Type I interferons control proliferation and
function of the intestinal epithelium” Mol Cell Biol. 2016 Jan
25;36(7):1124-35. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00988-15.
Lengner also published: Taggart J, Ho TC, Amin E, Xu H,
Barlowe TS, Perez AR, Durham BH, Tivnan P, Okabe R, Chow
A, Vu L, Park SM, Prieto C, Famulare C, Patel M, Lengner CJ,
Verma A, Roboz G, Guzman M, Klimek VM, Abdel-Wahab
O, Leslie C, Nimer SD, Kharas MG. “MSI2 is required for
maintaining activated myelodysplastic syndrome stem cells”
Nature Communications 2016 Feb 22;7:10739. doi: 10.1038/
ncomms10739. PMCID in process. In addition, he published:
Cieply B, Park JW, Nakauka-Ddamba A, Bebee TW, Guo Y,
Shang X, Lengner CJ, Xing Y, Carstens RP. “Multiphasic and
dynamic changes in alternative splicing during induction
of pluripotency are coordinated by numerous RNA-binding
proteins” Cell Reports 2016 Apr 12;15(2):247-55. doi: 10.1016/j.
celrep.2016.03.025. Epub 2016 Mar 31. Lastly, he published:
Li N, Nakauka-Ddamba A, Tobias J, Jensen ST, Lengner CJ.
“Mouse Label-Retaining Cells are Molecularly and Functionally
Distinct from Reserve Intestinal Stem Cells” Gastroenterology,
2016 May 26. pii: S0016-5085(16)34493-6. doi: 10.1053/j.
gastro.2016.04.049. [Epub ahead of print].
Meryl Littman, VMD, Chair of the American College of
Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Small Animal Lyme
Consensus Update, presented the group’s findings at the
ACVIM National Forum in Denver, Colorado, in June.
Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, published the following:
Immunotherapy with a HER2 targeted Listeria induces HER2-
specific immunity and demonstrates potential therapeutic
effects in a phase I trial in canine osteosarcoma. CCR 2016 Clin
Cancer Res. 2016 Mar 18. Mason N, Gnanandarajah J, Engiles J,
Gray F, Laughlin D, Gaurnier-Hausser A, Wallecha A, Huebner
M, Paterson Y.
Erin McGowan, VMD, was selected for the grand prize in
BlackwellKing’s Resident of the Year contest, out of more than
100 residents across the United States and Canada.
Keiko Miyadera, DVM, PhD, published the following: Canine
genome assembly correction facilitates identification of a
MAP9 deletion as a potential age of onset modifier for RPGRIP1-
associated canine retinal degeneration in the journal Mamm
Genome. 2016 Mar 26. The authors were Oliver P. Forman,
Rebekkah J. Hitti, Mike Boursnell, Keiko Miyadera, David
Sargan, and Cathryn Mellersh.
Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, has recently spoken at events for
the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), the Israel
Companion Animal Veterinary Association, and the Working
Dog Organizations of Israel (police, Army, Air Force, prison, and
sport). She also testified before the Senate Homeland Security
Committee. In addition, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center K9
Performance Medicine service—Dr. Otto and Tracy Darling,
RVT, VTS—is providing conditioning and rehabilitation services
for police, working, and performance dogs.
Alexander Reiter, Dr med vet, Dipl. Tzt., gave invited
presentations during the Annual Meeting of the Edwin
and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance
(CHA) in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, last November; an Oral
and Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery Course in Halmstad,
Sweden in February; the Congress of the Austrian Society
of Veterinary Dentistry (OEGTZ) in Innsbruck, Austria
in February; the Vetmadrid-Propet Congress in Madrid,
Spain in March; the Penn Multi-Disciplinary Consortium
(Personalized Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue
Regeneration) Research Retreat in Philadelphia in March;
the European Congress of Veterinary Dentistry in Dublin,
Ireland in May; and the Eurocongress of the Federation
of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations
(FECAVA) in Vienna, Austria, in June.
Lila K. Sierra, CVT, VTS (ECC), will be stepping down after
16 years serving as the assistant nursing supervisor of ICU
to become the first newly appointed Nursing Coordinator
of Penn Vet Cardiology.
Charles Vite, DVM, PhD, was recognized this month as
part of the 2016 Champions of Hope in Collaborations
in Science and Technology. He was honored for his
work with the SOAR-NPC Collaborative of parents and
scientists, striving to find therapies for Niemann Pick
type C disease. Each year, Global Genes—a leading global
rare disease patient advocacy organization—asks for
nominations for those deserving of recognition for their
extraordinary efforts in rare disease; Vite was recognized
at an awards ceremony and also at the annual Tribute to
Champions of Hope Gala. In addition, he spoke in June
at the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Conference on
autophagy in Niemann-Pick type C disease, and at the
ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colorado, on developing new
therapies for globoid cell leukodystrophy. He published
the following: Crowdsourcing reproducible seizure
forecasting in human and canine epilepsy. Brinkmann BH,
Wagenaar J, Abbot D, Adkins P, Bosshard SC, Chen M, Tieng
QM, He J, Muñoz-Almaraz FJ, Botella-Rocamora P, Pardo J,
Zamora-Martinez F, Hills M, Wu W, Korshunova I, Cukierski
W, Vite C, Patterson EE, Litt B, Worrell GA. Brain. 2016
Jackie Watson, Research Specialist at New Bolton Center,
received a Master of Science in Laboratory Animal Science
from Drexel University in May.
Penn Vet Educators Honored
This year’s Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award was presented to Mark Oyama, DVM. The Zoetis Distinguished Teacher
Award is the most prestigious teaching award in veterinary medicine. It is presented annually to a faculty member
at each school of veterinary medicine in the United States. Its purpose is “to improve veterinary medicine education
by recognizing outstanding instructors who, through their ability, dedication, character and leadership, contribute
significantly to the advancement of the profession.” The entire Penn Vet student body votes on the recipient.
James “Sparky” Lok, DVM, PhD, received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. “The fundamental criterion for the
Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, which Sparky meets and exceeds, is that he has contributed beyond our ability to
thank him throughout his long career at Penn Vet. He is a creative, committed, and passionate researcher in important
areas of global health,” said Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks. She added, “His impact is perhaps best captured by the
response every student, faculty, or staff member had when I told them he was getting this award. They said, emphatically,
‘I love Sparky!’”
Nicole Scherrer, DVM, received the William B. Boucher Award, which honors a house officer at New Bolton Center for
excellent teaching, as was exemplified by William Boucher over four decades at Penn Vet.
Victor Absalón-Medina, DVM, PhD, received a $1,749,448 grant
from Li Animal Health for Evaluation and optimization of
culture media for in vitro embryo purposes using mammalian
eggs. The grant spans from January 1, 2016, to December 31,
Montserrat Anguera, PhD, received a two-year, $250,000
grant from Research Careers in Women’s Health for K12
BIRCHWH Scholars. The grant spans from January 1, 2016, to
December 31, 2018.
Michael Atchison, PhD, received a $1,401,161 NIH/NIAID/R01
grant for Control of B Cell Development by YYI. The grant spans
from December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2020.
William Beltran, DVM, PhD, received a $1,876,891 NIH-NEI
grant for Translational Gene Therapy for Rhodopsin. The
grant spans from March 2016 to February 2017. Collaborators
include Drs. Cideciyan and Jacobson, Scheie Eye Institute, and
Drs. Hauswirth and Lewin, University of Florida. Beltran also
received a $1,113,049 grant from AGTC, Inc. for SRA Amended
Canine GLP-like ocular toxicology and efficacy studies in dogs.
The grant spans from January 2016 to September 2019, and he
is collaborating with Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD.
Ashley Boyle, DVM, received a one-year, $22,330 grant from
Grayson Jockey Club for Validation of stall–side strangles
diagnosis using LAMP. The grant spans from April 1, 2016 to
March 31, 2017. She also received a one-year, $15,000 grant
from Boehringer Ingelheim for Validation of a point-of-care
self-heating, microfluidic cartridge for isothermal nucleic acid
amplification of Streptococcus equi subsp equi. The grant spans
from December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2016.
Allison Bradbury, PhD, received a $226,800 grant from
Legacy of Angels Foundation for Lentiviral-mediated
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy for Canine Globoid Cell
Leukodystrophy. The grant spans from November 1, 2015, to
December 31, 2018.
Rumela Chakrabarti, PhD, received a three-year, $574,501
NCI-K22 award to explore the tumor suppressive role of Elf5
in different subtypes of breast cancer; identify genes and
pathways in preneoplastic mammary gland and tumors
affected by Elf5 loss; and evaluate the pathological role of loss
of Elf5 in human patient derived xenograft (PDX) tumors.
David Galligan, VMD, MBA, received a three-year, $339,750
grant from Wharton China Center for the Penn Vet &
Wharton Dairy Training Program. The grant spans from
December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2018.
Urs Giger, Dr med vet, and Keijiro Mizukami, DVM, PhD,
received a $106,000 grant from the AKC Canine Health
Foundation for the study of the Genetic Predisposition to Avian
Tuberculosis in Miniature Schnauzers. Mizukami also received a
prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Japanese Society
for the Promotion of Sciences to work in Giger’s Laboratory on
this and other canine genetic conditions.
Manti Guha, PhD, received a $50,000 grant from University
Research Foundation for Establishing the Contribution of
mtDNA Depletion Towards Metastasis Using a Novel PDX
Model. Guha also received a two-year, $125,000 grant from
the Breast Cancer Alliance for Reduced mitochondrial DNA
copy number is a determinant of breast cancer metastasis. The
grant spans from February 1, 2016, to January 31, 2018.
Karina Guziewicz, PhD, received a $959,074 grant from the
Foundation Fighting Blindness for AAV-Mediated Therapy
for Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy. The grant spans
from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017. Collaborators are
Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD, and William Beltran, DVM, PhD;
Samuel Jacobson, MD, PhD, and Artur Cideciyan, PhD, Scheie
Eye Institute at Penn Medicine; Drs. Hauswirth and Lewin,
University of Florida; and Dr. Gamm, University of Wisconsin.
Erika Krick, VMD, received a one-year, $5,000 grant from
Cytosorbents Corp. for Effects of hemoabdsorption on cytokine
removal and quality of life in cats with cancer. The grant spans
from September 15, 2015, to September 14, 2016.
Christopher Lengner, PhD, received a $1,448,252 NIDDK
R01DK106309 grant for Control of intestinal regeneration by
an Msi-mTorc1 signaling axis, spanning from May 15, 2016,
to April 30, 2020. The grant investigates the molecular
mechanisms governing intestinal stem cell activation with
the goal of manipulating these mechanisms to address
pathological conditions affecting intestinal regeneration,
including ischemia-reperfusion injury and radiation
Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, received a one-year, $186,219
grant from the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs for Re-Directed
T Cell Therapy in Dogs with B Cell Lymphoma. The grant
spans from December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2016. She
also received a one-year, $40,955 Animal Cancer Foundation
Comparative Oncology Grant. She will be building on current
work that has led to the first clinical trial evaluating the
safety and therapeutic effect of CD20 targeted CAR T cell
therapy in client-owned dogs with relapsed B cell lymphoma.
Mason aims to investigate the use of alternative intracellular
signaling domains that may lead to improved CAR T cell
engraftment and persistence in vivo, factors that have
contributed to the unprecedented success of this approach in
human patients. The work continues a strong collaboration
between the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine
at the University of Pennsylvania, where the use of CAR T
cell technology has led to durable remissions and potential
cures for human patients with B cell malignancies. Mason
is affiliated with the laboratory of Carl June, MD, and she
is collaborating with Avery Posey, PhD, both from Penn’s
Perelman School of Medicine.
Sue McDonnell, PhD, received a $12,500 grant from Merck
for a Merck 2015 IN Applicator Behavior Clinical Trial, from
January 1, 2016, to June 30, 2016.
Keiko Miyadera, DVM, PhD, received a $50,000 grant from
University Research Foundation for Molecular Characterization
of a Multigenic Canine Model of Retinal Degeneration. The
grant spans from May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2017. Miyadera
also received a one-year, $69,934 grant from Burrows
Enterprises for Clinical & Safety Evaluation of Burr-1 Drops for
the Treatment of Dogs with Cataracts. The grant spans from
November 9, 2015, to November 8, 2016.
Angelica Ortiz, PhD, received a two-year, $110,412 NIH/NCI
F32-CA-206431 grant for IFNARI downregulation in melanoma
cells and stromal cells promotes melanoma progression and
pulmonary metastasis. The grant spans from September 1,
2016, to August 31, 2018.
Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, received a one-year, $11,340 grant
from AKC-CHF for Medical Surveillance of Dogs Deployed to the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon 2015-Completion. The
grant spans from December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2016.
Dipti Pitta, PhD, received a $300,000 grant from Purina
Animal Health for the Honey Bee Gut Microbiome Project. The
grant spans from March 1, 2016, through February 28, 2019.
Shelley Rankin, PhD, received a one-year, $16,500 grant
from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology for
A Molecular Bead-Based Assay for Molecular Detection of
Cutaneous Infectious Organisms. Stephen Cole, VMD, is a
Thomas Schaer, VMD, received a $49,800 grant from the
Orthopaedic Association for Evaluation of Local Tissue
Concentrations and Bioactivity of Vancomycin Eluted from
PMMA Implants in an Ovine Fracture Healing Model. The grant
spans from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017.
Dieter Schifferli, PhD, Dr med vet, received a $275,000 NIH
R21-AI-112713 grant for Genetic determinants of systemic hostadapted
Salmonella. The grant spans from February 15, 2016,
to January 31, 2018.
Phillip Scott, PhD, received a $1,166,248 U01 AI088650 grant
for The role of innate cells in the pathogenesis of Leishmania
braziliensis infection. The grant spans from January 1, 2016, to
December 31, 2019.
James Serpell, PhD, received a $20,356 grant from Tufts
University for the Animal Ownership Interaction Study, from
January 1, 2016, to October 31, 2017.
Karin Sorenmo, DVM, and Susan Volk, VMD, PhD, received a
$28,235 grant from the Greater Good Foundation for The role
of collagen in directing canine mammary tumor progression.
The grant spans from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016.
Oriol Sunyer, PhD, received a three-year, $500,000 USDA
NIFA award for Collaborative Immune Reagent Network:
Aquacultured Species to generate antibody reagents. The
award spans from May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2019. Sunyer also
received a $420,665 NSF IOS-1457282 grant for Evolution of
Mucosal B Cell Immunity: Novel Roles of IgT+ B Cells in the
Control of Host-pathogen Interactions. The grant spans from
August 15, 2015, to July 31, 2018.
Charles Vite, DVM, PhD, received a five-year, $2,747,191 NIH
– NINDS grant. The R01 grant focuses on the development
of new therapies for globoid cell leukodystrophy, which
occurs in both dogs and human patients. He also received a
one-year, $45,000 grant from the Institute for Translational
Medicine and Therapeutics for the ITMAT Pilot Program in
Comparative Animal Biology, cell-based therapy for seizures
by transplantation of human stem cell-derived inhibitory
interneurons modified for rapid maturation-study in dogs.
The grant spans from February 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017.
In addition, he received a one-year, $8,000 grant from
the University of Pittsburgh (Legacy of Angels Foundation
flowdown) for Treatment of Krabbe Disease Using Intravenous
Adeno-Associated Virus Gene Therapy. The grant spans from
December 1, 2015, to November 30, 2016. He also received a
$53,500 grant and a $50,500 grant from the Million Dollar
Bike Ride Program for Targeted AAV gene therapy for vertical
supranuclear gase palsy and dysphagia and Natural history
study and biomarker development in the large animal model of
mucolipidosis II, respectively. The grants span from January 1,
2016, to December 31, 2016.
Jeremy Wang, PhD, MD, received a $2,797,601 NIH MIRA
R35GM118052 grant for Regulation of meiosis in mice. The
grant spans from May 2016 through April 2021.
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, received a one-year, $206,422
grant from PetSmart Charities for the Penn Vet Shelter
Medicine Surgical Program. The grant spans from December 1,
2015, to November 30, 2016.