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Reference Desk July 2012

Morris Animal Foundation Honors Veterinary Students
for Contributions to Animal Health Research

    DENVER, Colorado—Morris Animal Foundation recently awarded prize money sponsored by P&G Pet Care to two veterinary students and a graduate student in recognition of the animal health projects they completed to improve the health and well-being of small companion animals. The prizes were awarded at the Foundation’s small companion animal scientific review meeting held in Denver from June 19 to 23.

    Each student was part of Morris Animal Foundation’s Veterinary Student Scholars Program, which provides students with an opportunity to become involved in research that enhances the health and welfare of companion animals and wildlife.

    First place was awarded to Megan Lawrence of Kansas State University for examining the effect of cefovecin on the fecal flora of healthy dogs. Second place went to Karen Dirksen of the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. Her research analyzed pathways in progression of copper-associated chronic hepatitis in Labrador retrievers. Third place was awarded to Alexandra Protopopova of the University of Florida. Her project analyzed the effects of social training on canine adoption rates.

    Through the Veterinary Student Scholars Program, veterinary students or non-veterinary graduate students receive stipends of up to $4000 to participate in clinical or basic animal health and/or welfare research. The students then present their projects in a poster competition for cash prizes. Since 2005, Morris Animal Foundation has awarded more than 300 grants to bright, aspiring scientists and veterinarians. 

    “Morris Animal Foundation is committed to funding veterinary student research each year, and these 3 students are excellent examples of the quality of work that is accomplished through the program,” said Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, chief scientific officer for Morris Animal Foundation.

    For more examples of VSS studies, or to support student scholar research, visit  www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.

    Source: Morris Animal Foundation

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