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Published: Oct 3, 2019

Jeffrey Carey, V’19, received the Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation from Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies. The award recognizes a dissertation of  outstanding quality that makes a significant contribution to biomedical science. Carey is affiliated with Mark Goulian.

Mariel Covo, V’20, was awarded the 2019 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Scholar Award for her work studying the use of CAR-T cells against B cell lymphoma.

Aga Galej, V’21, co-organized Penn’s participation in a nine-day leadership camp for  high school students hosted by the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). The event, held at more than a dozen universities in the US and abroad, offers students a chance to explore careers ranging from medicine, marine biology, and engineering, to acting and law. This year a veterinary medicine program was offered at Penn for the first time; some 175 students took part in labs, lectures, field trips, and leadership development.

Stefan Gallini, V’20, completed a one-month externship in Thailand in Spring 2019, working with Asian elephants as part of a multi-institutional, international team evaluating clinical diagnostics in this species. While there he pursued his own primary investigation
of plasma cardiac troponin concentrations in elephants, a study funded by a competitive grant awarded by the Zebra Foundation for Veterinary Zoological Education. As part of the clinical research team, Gallini assisted with sample collection, processing, and analysis and managed a mobile clinical pathology laboratory in the field. The work, soon to be published in peer-reviewed journals, will contribute to on-site veterinary care of Asian elephants and possibly to the early detection of disease caused by elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus virus, which threatens the sustainability of captive elephants worldwide. Gallini is affiliated with the Chulalongkorn University Department of Veterinary Medicine and Mahidol University Faculty of Veterinary Science in Thailand. His collaborators are Peter DiGeronimo, VMD; João Brandão, LMV, MS, Dipl. ECZM (Avian); and Erica Ward, DVM.

Emily Griswold, V’20, took home first-place honors during the 2019 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Bovine Palpation Competition, held March 9–11, 2019 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Griswold, Jordan Fairman, V’20, Amy Middleton, V’21, Michael Topper, V’21, and Karalyn Lonngren, V’21, made up the first Penn Vet representation to ever compete in the national contest. The five-student-team was one of thirteen teams representing veterinary schools across the United States. Penn Vet’s team has been practicing monthly at Marshak Dairy with Michael Pesato, DVM to improve their skills and knowledge of bovine reproduction.

The 2019 Penn Vet Bovine Palpation Team
From left to right: Emily Griswold, V’20, Amy Middleton, V’21, Michael Topper, V’21, Jordan Fairman, V’20, and Karalyn Lonngren, V’21

Souci Louis, V’20, was awarded the 2019 Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award by the Western Veterinary Conference.

Colleen Moore, V’20, was awarded the Richard W. Newpher/Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Scholarship. The scholarship supports students pursuing careers in food animal medicine.