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Published: Mar 31, 2022

Sarah Rassler, V’22, along with Mary Wright V’22 and Veronica Daugherty V’22, won first place in the 12th Annual Student Quiz BowlSarah Rassler, V’22, along with Mary Wright V’22 and Veronica Daugherty V’22 (at right), won first place in the 12th Annual Student Quiz Bowl held at the 2021 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. The Penn Vet team battled 11 other groups of veterinary students from across the country in a one-on-one, single elimination competition, answering questions about dairy and beef cattle medicine, surgery, reproduction, husbandry, epidemiology, anatomy, and food safety, among others. The winning team then competed against seasoned members of the AABP Board of Directors in a bonus round that covered topics including AABP history, antiquated practice techniques, and Pennsylvania trivia, and ultimately secured their position as the overall AABP Quiz Bowl winners!

Kathryn Lenker, V’24, was one of 15 winners in the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ (AASV) annual Veterinary Student Poster Competition. Shelby Haryslak, V’24, was also one of 15 winners in the AASV’s annual Student Seminar Awards. Lenker and Haryslak were announced at the AASV’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

Kaitlin Murphy, V’24, and her fellow student colleagues from Cornell University won the Most Market Ready Award for No Scratch Meow, a product that monitors and modifies cat scratching behavior. Murphy and her team participated in the 6th Annual Animal Health Hackathon co-hosted by Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship. The event featured 120 students in 24 teams competing for awards in three categories to address current needs in veterinary health care.

Maho Okumura, V’24, along with fellow V’24 students Jordyn Horowitz, Pamela Stevens, Alexis D’Souza, Beatrice DeMarco, Estefania Benavides, Gina D’Addario, Kaley Van Valkenburg, and Zelda Blowers, and faculty advisor Jenni Punt, hosted the annual One Health Week from November 29 to December 3, 2021. Virtual and in-person events highlighted the connections between human, animal, and environmental health via topics such as rabies prevention in a developing country, animal welfare in lab animal medicine, shelter medicine, physiological strengths and vulnerabilities between female animals and women, and urban toxicology. The event was made possible by a One Health Grand Challenge grant awarded by SAVMA.