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Published: Mar 12, 2019

Miriam Fink, V’21, reported that Penn Vet’s One Health Club hosted a One Health in Action Symposium from October 29-November 3, 2018. It kicked off with an Anatomy Exchange and offered various lectures throughout the week. Gilad Evrony, MD, PhD, of New York University and Susan Bartlett, DVM, of the Bronx Zoo discussed the history of the divergence of human and veterinary medicine, while emphasizing that cross-disciplinary action is necessary to better the health of humans, animals, and the planet. Penn Vet’s James “Sparky” Lok, PhD, discussed zoonotic parasites, Jennifer Punt, VMD, PhD, led a case study on virus in Australia, and Nicola Mason, PhD, BVetMed, spoke with her MD counterpart Kristy Weber, MD, from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, about their groundbreaking osteosarcoma vaccine. Kristin Jankowski, V’94, VMD, spoke about the DHA One Health Clinic, and Jan Lovy, PhD, from New Jersey Fish and Wildlife talked about emerging diseases in local fish populations. The event brought together students from Penn Vet, Penn Medicine, Penn Dental, Penn Nursing, and the Penn Masters of Public Health Program, fostering interdisciplinary relationships to help unite the group on the One Health mission.

Dr. Gilad Evrony of New York University presents at the One Health in Action Symposium.

Sabina Hlavaty, V’22, a current Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)/Burroughs Wellcome Fund Research Fellow, gave a short talk on canine myeloid-derived suppressor cells at the Animals in Translation Symposium, hosted by the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in October 2018. She is affiliated with Dr. Oliver Garden. In addition, she co-chaired the 2018 HHMI Medical Fellows Northeast Regional Meeting.

Sabina Hlavaty (in orange jacket) and other students at the 2018 HHMI Medical Fellows Northeast Regional Meeting. Dr. David Holt is second from right.

Angie Smith, V’19, was awarded the Kindred Biosciences Student Scholarship to attend the American Association of Feline Practitioners Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September 2018.

Catherine Thurston, V’19, was one of five students to receive a Merck Animal Health/American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation scholarship at AAEP’s 65th Annual Convention. The scholarship is awarded annually to students for academic excellence, leadership in school and AAEP student chapter, and long-term goals.

Correction: An article on page 24 of the Fall 2018 issue of Bellwether incorrectly referred to Alycia Frampton’s award title. The correct title is “Selective Intestinal Cobalamin Malabsorption in Komondor Dogs: Clinical to Molecular Genetic Characterization and Ancestry Traced to Hungary.” Her study was accepted as an original paper in BMC Veterinary Research.