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Published: Sep 26, 2018

John Cain, V’20, received a $5,000 grant to study Molecular Dissection of Mosquito Resistance to Heartworm Infection from Morris Animal Foundation. (Mentor: Michael Povelones, PhD)

Jeffrey Carey, V’19, received the 2018 Nigel W. Fraser Award for Excellence in Microbiology from the Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology. He defended his dissertation in April and joined Penn Vet’s class of 2019 to finish his VMD.

Dr. James Lok and Mariel Covo, V'20
Dr. James Lok and Mariel Covo, V'20

Mariel Covo, V’20, won the 2018 Schad Prize in Parasitology. Named in honor of eminent parasitologist Gerhard Schad, the prize is awarded annually to the student achieving the highest academic standing in the core Veterinary Parasitology course.

Jordan Fairman, V’20, and Amy Middleton, V’21, were selected for the 2018 Zoetis Bovine Summer Externship program. Fairman spent four weeks at Attica Veterinary Associates, a dairy-predominant practice in Attica, New York. Middleton spent four weeks at Battenkill Bovine Veterinary Clinic in Greenwich, New York.

Brianne Karten, V’20, and a group of Penn Vet students and alumni traveled to Quartier Morin, Haiti, in June as part of Pou Sante: Amar Haiti, a Penn Vet initiative. The students collaborated with two Haitian vet techs, holding a clinic at the Université Notre-Dame d’Haïti and teaching agricultural students about veterinary care. All told, they provided care to more than 1,300 animals, including goats, cattle, pigs, horses, donkeys, dogs, and cats. Visit www. for more information.

Kristofer Smith, V’21, was the first veterinary student to intern at the Joe Jurgielewicz & Son duck farm in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania. Over the summer, he learned about the duck production industry and various diseases that are affecting duck farms.

Nathaniel Sotuyo, VMD-PhD program: $44,524 for Treatment of epilepsy and associated comorbidities using stem cellderived interneurons to correct circuit dysfunction in an animal model of Dravet syndrome from NIH/NINDS F31 XX (Mentors: Stewart Anderson, MD, and Ethan Goldberg, MD, PhD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)


Caryn StivelmanCaryn Stivelman to Help Students with Answers

A warm welcome to Caryn Stivelman. Penn Vet’s new Career Counselor. Stivelman joined the School in July, bringing extensive experience in higher education and the University, where most recently she served as Associate Director of Undergraduate Affairs at Penn Engineering.

As Career Counselor, a new position for Penn Vet, Stivelman will help Penn Vet students find and navigate career opportunities in clinical care, research, public health, and more.

She is a Penn alumna and holds a BA from Penn School of Arts and Sciences, an MSEd from Penn Graduate School of Education, and a MBE (Master of Bioethics) from Perelman School of Medicine.