Vital Signs: June 2014
Vol. 3, Issue 6
Our Unique Qualities
Dear friends and colleagues,
Last month, the college celebrated the graduation of 95 newly minted Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, 27 Master of Public Health graduates, and five Master of Science graduates. The DVM graduation ceremony was attended by distinguished colleagues representing the veterinary and academic communities in both Virginia and Maryland. Veterinary graduates were presented with diplomas bearing the seals of the college, Virginia Tech, and the University of Maryland, as well as the signatures of the respective university presidents. These diplomas serve as a formal demonstration of the partnership that undergirds our college, a partnership involving two states and their top-notch land-grant institutions.
Our partnership involving two states is unique among veterinary colleges in the U.S. Similarly rare is the existence of a MPH program in a college of veterinary medicine. These differentiating characteristics advance the college’s strategic efforts to serve the animal and public health needs across a wide geographic region, and position us exceptionally well to be leaders in the One Health initiative.
Veterinary graduates in the Class of 2014 successfully completed an educational program that involved comprehensive training across all major domestic species and scientific disciplines, while also providing opportunity for advanced learning in a specific interest track. This balance in prescriptive and elective learning ensures that our graduates are experts in comparative biology and also competent in the professional, diagnostic, and clinical skills that they are most likely to need when they enter their chosen areas of practice.
Not only are they trained to diagnose and treat diseases in multiple animal species, but they are also uniquely qualified to understand and address the risk of disease transmission between animals and humans, and they will serve as critical public health resources in their communities. Their clinical clerkships in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Equine Medical Center provided hands-on experience that allowed them to apply their theoretical knowledge within a practical, clinical context. Similarly, our MPH and M.S. graduates were provided career-relevant, hands-on and minds-on experiences as they honed their skills in clinical medicine and surgery, biomedical sciences, and public health.
The emphases that the college places on experiential learning, comparative biology, and One Health, and the opportunity provided for students to select individual areas of study relevant to their career interests are important characteristics of an innovative and forward-looking educational program. I am confident that this educational philosophy will serve our graduates well as they commit themselves to service of their professions and the public.
Dr. Cyril Clarke, Dean
- College celebrates Class of 2014 commencement
- Dr. Casey Burke named college valedictorian
- Dr. Melinda McCall named Outstanding Recent Alumna
- New student group looks to boost women leaders in veterinary medicine
- Success story: Famous beagle treated for brain tumor at Veterinary Teaching Hospital
- Community members invited to Happy and Healthy Pet Weekend
Focus on Faculty
Around the College
- Friends, family gather for DVM graduation reception
- Reception honors Master of Public Health graduates
- Last day of clinics a cause for celebration
- Regenerative medicine program holds first annual retreat
- Virginia Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years
- Bob Duncan 5K attracts student, faculty runners
Awards & Activities
- Kathy Hosig named to Purdue University Alumni Hall of Fame
- Alumnus Dr. Ernest Rogers achieves Diplomate status in forensic vet med
- Andy Kirkpatrick named June 2014 Staff Member of the Month
- More Awards & Accolades
Graduating students in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine completed their professional training at college and university graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 15. Dr. Cyril Clarke, who assumed the role of dean last fall, spoke at his first college commencement ceremony.
He joked, “I am also confident that in the few weeks between the day you graduate and the day you enter your first practice, you will go from thinking you know everything to thinking you know nothing. But rest assured, we all felt that way.”
Following the dean’s words of wisdom, Dr. Gregory Troy, the Dr. and Mrs. Dorsey Taylor Mahin Endowed Professor of Internal Medicine, took the stage as the keynote speaker selected by the senior class. “Each of you has shown discipline and determination in veterinary school,” he said. “If you are to continue your lifelong obligation to be the best veterinarian that you can be, you will need to continue that discipline.”
Troy added, “Each of you has shown a positive attitude about your future, but now you will need to show that positive attitude to your clients, patients, profession, and community.”
For Dr. Casey Burke of Luray, Virginia, graduating from veterinary college is a dream come true. Another part of that dream is having the distinction of being the Class of 2014 valedictorian.
But the part that really makes Burke’s story exceptional is that she’s not the only member of her family to graduate as the college’s valedictorian. Her only sibling, Dr. Nathaniel Burke, graduated as valedictorian in 2011 when she was in her first year.
Such family scholastic prominence is virtually unheard of in any academic major, but especially in professional schools such as medicine or law. “This is the first time the veterinary college has had more than one valedictorian from the same family,” said Dr. Jacque Pelzer, director of admissions and student services at the veterinary college. “It’s not only difficult to get into veterinary school, but it’s even more difficult to have the highest academic scores in your class.”
Dr. Melinda McCall, associate veterinarian at Louisa Veterinary Service in Louisa, Virginia, has been named the veterinary college’s Outstanding Recent Alumna of 2014.
McCall, who grew up on a Glade Spring, Virginia, dairy farm, received her veterinary degree from the college in 2004 after following the food animal medicine track. While in veterinary school, she was the president of the Food Animal Club. Four years prior to that, she graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, now known as Queens University, with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
“Since 2004, Dr. McCall has provided strong leadership among our alumni in mentoring not only our veterinary students, but also youth with an interest in the field,” said Dr. Cyril R. Clarke, dean of the veterinary college. “She also hosts senior students in clerkship rotations in her practice, giving them experience in a high-quality private practice. I congratulate Dr. McCall on her success and thank her for being an outstanding ambassador of our college.”
Students at the veterinary college are leading national efforts to boost the number of women leaders in the veterinary profession. They are one of only three U.S. veterinary colleges to launch a new student chapter of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI). Charter chapters have also been introduced at Cornell University and Texas A&M.
Since its establishment this spring, the Virginia-Maryland student chapter assembled a leadership team and hosted a panel discussion with women faculty members at the college. Student organizers already have plans for the upcoming year.
“The main reason we are doing this is to empower women,” said Maria Romano of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a rising third-year veterinary student and vice president of public relations for WVLDI. “We want women in veterinary school to know that they are not alone in the obstacles they face taking on leadership positions and the struggles they will continue to encounter as they navigate through their respective careers. We’re focusing on the student experience, but our hope would be that the skills learned would transcend into the profession after graduation.”
Although the majority of veterinarians and approximately 80 percent of veterinary students are women, few hold leadership roles in academia or professional associations. Women account for only six out of 30 veterinary college deans in the United States and about one-fifth of leadership positions in the American Veterinary Medical Association, both statistics that mirror the gender ratio in Congress.
When Leonard, a beagle from Nelson County, Virginia, came to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in April, he was in bad shape.
Leonard had already endured a seizure and multiple trips to his local vet. Even though a cardiologist gave Leonard’s heart a clean bill of health, the beagle continued to have confusion, loss of motor skills, and night comas, which can be a result of seizures. During his first visit to the teaching hospital, his owners finally learned the bad news: Leonard had a brain tumor.
“When he first came to us, he was having trouble walking and couldn’t see out of his left eye,” said Dr. Theresa Pancotto, clinical assistant professor of neurology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. “We discovered that he had a histiocytic sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, on the right side of his brain.”
Leonard’s care at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital was a team effort. After a hospital MRI identified the tumor, Pancotto performed emergency surgery to remove it with help from anesthesiologist Dr. Piedad Henao-Guerrero, anesthesia technician Kristin Saunders, and fourth-year veterinary student Jennifer Shonts. Fourth-year veterinary student Savannah McReynolds was also on her neurosurgery rotation during Leonard's visit. The diagnostic lab’s clinical pathology staff correctly diagnosed the tumor.
Shonts, who was on her last clinical rotation during Leonard’s surgery, described this as one of her most rewarding cases. “This definitely tops the list,” she said. “Being able to see him walk again has been amazing.”
Leonard’s owners, musicians Michael Bishop and Sarah White, started an online campaign to help pay for his surgery and have already raised more than $3,800.
“Leonard has not had a bad day for around a month,” Bishop wrote in a recent update on the fundraising page. “He is eating voraciously, but that might be the prednisone. You are all so wonderful for helping us! It has really made the difference in being able to move ahead with Leonard. It has saved his life, and I can’t say how happy I am for that.”
Bishop, who was a bass player in the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band Gwar in the 1980s and ’90s, first met Leonard in a baseball field in 2003. Leonard, who was an escaped rabbit dog, saw an open door in Bishop’s car and jumped in. The two have stayed together ever since.
Leonard has developed a following in Nelson County, Virginia, and was featured in White’s 2011 music video, “I Love You.” Judging by the outpouring of community support for Leonard’s veterinary care, it is safe to say that Nelson County loves Leonard, too.
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting an interactive and informative program focused on companion animals at the end of the summer. Community members are invited to attend the Happy and Healthy Pet Weekend at the college’s Virginia Tech campus on Aug. 8-9.
Participants will learn from faculty members about pet care, diets, vaccines, and toxins, plus state-of-the-art research in cancer and translational medicine taking place at the college. They will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and hear from Dr. Cyril Clarke, the college’s dean, as well as other faculty members at a Q&A panel discussion.
The event is part of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association’s Drillfield Series that educates community members about a different facet of university life each month. Registration, which is $125 per adult and $99 for children 12 and under, includes a Friday reception and dinner, as well as a Saturday lunch and evening picnic.
A merchant marine, a veterinarian, and now a social media pioneer, Dr. Krista Magnifico (DVM ’05) wears many hats.
Magnifico is the owner of Jarrettsville Veterinary Center, a large, busy small animal practice in Jarrettsville, Maryland, about 30 miles north of Baltimore. Three years ago, she launched Pawbly, a free social network for people who are passionate about pets so they could get answers to pet-related questions and connect with local and national animal health experts.
“When I looked at the websites available to pet owners, they were all fee-based at the time,” she said. “It wasn’t really building a library of information and resources for pet owners. The general client sometimes doesn’t even know how to ask the correct question to get the information they want, and the answers are never quick and easy.”
Pawbly users post pet-related questions about a wide range of issues, from disease symptoms to how to tell if pet jerky treats originated in the U.S. In many cases, Magnifico refers them to their local veterinarian.
Focus on Faculty: Dr. Clay Caswell
Dr. Clay Caswell is an assistant professor of bacteriology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. He completed a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and entomology at Texas A&M and a doctorate in microbial pathogenesis and immunology at West Virginia University. After working as a postdoctoral scholar at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, Caswell joined the veterinary college in 2013. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Entomological Society of America.
What is the focus of your current research?
Our laboratory studies a bacterium called Brucella, which causes infections in both animals and humans. In wild and domesticated animals, these bacteria can cause abortions and sterility, leading to significant economic losses, and in humans, Brucella, causes an extremely debilitating, relapsing fever known as undulant fever. Importantly, Brucella strains represent the most common animal-to-human transmitted disease worldwide…
Around the College
Awards & Activities
Kathy Hosig, an associate professor of population health sciences, has been named a 2014 inductee into Purdue University’s Department of Nutrition Science Hall of Fame.
A registered dietician, Hosig also serves as director of the Center for Practice and Research in Public Health in the college’s Department of Population Health Sciences.
The Hall of Fame Award honors alumni who have made a significant contribution to the varied fields of foods and nutrition and established a unique record in their work and life. The Hall of Fame also honors the careers of those who have contributed to the growth and prominence of the department.
Dr. Ernest Rogers (Ph.D. ’04) of Bedminster, New Jersey, has earned certification as a forensic medical investigator and achieved Diplomate status with the American Board of Forensic Medicine by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI).
The AFCEI is the world’s largest association of forensic science professionals, and part of its mission is to recognize the experience and education of professionals dedicated to the forensic sciences. Diplomate status is a high honor reserved only for those few who are able to meet the stringent requirements of the ACEFI in areas of knowledge, skill, training, and experience in the forensic sciences.
Rogers completed his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University in 1991 and his doctorate in immuno-toxicology and pharmacology from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He was hired by the New Jersey State SPCA Humane Police as its law enforcement division’s first forensic veterinarian in 2011.
Andy Kirkpatrick, an information technology administrator at the veterinary college, has been named the June 2014 Staff Member of the Month. “The impact he has had on the IT support center is indescribable,” wrote his nominator. “We would not have been able to provide such a high level of service over the last five years if it wasn’t for him. He deserves to be rewarded for all of his hard work.”
Kirkpatrick’s colleagues describe him as “extremely helpful” and “polite” when users are having computer problems. In addition to his collegial attitude, Kirkpatrick is committed to increasing his knowledge to better serve the veterinary college. According to the nomination, he “works hard, always wants to gain more knowledge, and never stops learning new things.”
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved several faculty members in the college for promotion and tenure at its June 2 meeting. Dr. Stephen Eubank of the Department of Population Health Sciences earned tenure with promotion to professor. Dr. Jennifer Hodgson of the Department of Population Health Sciences and Dr. R. Scott Pleasant of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences were promoted to professor. Dr. P. Natalia Henao-Guerrero of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences was promoted to associate professor with tenure.
Numerous third- and fourth-year students were inducted into Phi Zeta, the veterinary medicine leadership honor society, before the close of the academic year. Class of 2014 inductees included Casey Burke, Hunter Dorman, Emma Evans, Elaine Flory, Melani French, Shannon Hinton, Nicole Kohart, Chelsea Mason, Andrew Weikert, Rodolfo Zamora, Lindsey Green, Heidi Eberly, Dominique Engel, Gabriel Mills, Kelly Miller, Beth Kimmitt, Savannah McReynolds, Kelsey Vonier, Thomas Rogers-Cotrone, Jonathan Burner, Chad Pelensky, Ashley Spencer, and Erica Geary. Class of 2015 inductees included Kelly Underwood, Stephanie Apple, Molly Pfeifer, Tam Castellucci, Shauna Prasse, Cara Lubarsky, Kelly Steele, Jacob Cawley, Chelsea Landa, and Sarah Low. In addition, Dr. Kevin Lahmers, clinical associate professor of anatomic pathology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, was inducted as a faculty member.
Dr. Nick Dervisis, assistant professor of oncology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, was named a Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week. He studies how to effectively treat dogs and cats with cancer by understanding their genetic makeup. Read more about Dervisis and his research.
Dr. Jessica Stahle, a radiology resident in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, was awarded the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s Resident Research Grant for her proposal, “Diffusion weighted MR imaging in the differentiation between metastatic and benign regional lymph nodes in canine oral melanoma patients.”
Dr. Bess Pierce, associate professor of community practice in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, was selected for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Panel S10-14 on “Issues Related to Accommodating Animals Passing through Airports” under the Airport Cooperative Research Program at the National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Sonya Wesselowski, a cardiology resident in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, has received the Bente Flatland Resident Award. Dr. Carroll U. Stephens and John P.J. Havran established this award in honor of Dr. Bente Flatland (DVM ’97) for a resident who exhibits both exemplary scientific knowledge and special compassion in dealing with patients and pet owners.
Dr. Noah Pavlisko, an anesthesiology resident in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, received the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine Resident Award. The award is given to a resident who has demonstrated special ability, effort, and effectiveness in clinical instruction.
Three faculty members received Outstanding Instructor Awards. Each class presents an award to a faculty member in recognition of faculty commitment to teaching and the impact good teachers have on the career of the veterinarians they train. This year’s recipients were Dr. David Grant, associate professor of internal medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, from the Class of 2015; Dr. Thomas Cecere, assistant professor of anatomic pathology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, from the Class of 2016; and Dr. Bonnie Smith, associate professor of anatomy, embryology, and physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, from the Class of 2017.
Dr. Alex White, professor of agriculture and applied economics in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was awarded the Curriculum Service Award. The veterinary college presents this award to an individual who has provided exemplary service and support pertaining to DVM students.
Black Labrador retriever Delaware, one of the college’s resident therapy dogs, received the Student Service Award. The college presents this award to an individual, not employed by the college, who has provided exemplary non-curricular service to facilitate person and professional development in DVM students.
The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine and University of Maryland’s Department of Veterinary Medicine hosted 13 students in the VA-MD Vet Med Summer Veterinary Student Research Program. The center arranged for students to meet researchers, laboratory animal veterinarians, and veterinary pathologists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the University of Maryland’s Avrum Gudelsky Center.
Dr. Nicholas Evans of the Department of Population Health Sciences will chair the 86th Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases (NECAD), to be held in State College, Pennsylvania in September 2014. NECAD is the oldest continuously running avian disease meeting in the U.S. It is the predecessor of the American Association of Avian Pathologists.
Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, conducted a two-day basic brucellosis mini-course for government and private veterinarians in Yerevan, Armenia, in May 2014. Brucellosis control and eradication has become a priority for the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture, and Ragan is working there as part of the center’s contract with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Ragan also conducted a two-day workshop on the development of standard operating procedures and implementation guidelines for Armenian Ministry of Agriculture veterinarians and policymakers in Armenia last month. This was to support the implementation of a recently released Armenian government decree regarding the control of brucellosis.
Pan, Y., I. Sandal, S. Siddaramappa, A. Dickerman, A. Bandara, and T.J. Inzana. “LuxS contributes to virulence and gene regulation, but not biofilm formation in Histophilus somni.” Abst. #18. International Pasteurellaceae Conference 2014, Prato, Italy. May 13-16, 2014.
Petruzzi, B., C. DiCastro, A. Molinaro, and T.J . Inzana. “Polymicrobial Biofilm Formation by Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni.” Abst. #62. International Pasteurellaceae Conference 2014, Prato, Italy. May 13-16, 2014.
Champion, A.E., A. Bandara, T. J. Inzana. “The Role of O-antigen and Capsule-like Complex (CLC) in Francisella tularensis Biofilm Formation and Matrix Composition.” Abst.# B-154. 114th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Boston, Massachusetts. May 17-20, 2014.
Hyman, A.C.M., C. deCastro, A. Molinaro, T. J. Inzana. “Characterization of the Capsular Polysaccharide of Haemophilus parasuis as Antigenic and Virulence Factors.” Abst. # Z-492. 114th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Boston, Massachusetts. May 17-20, 2014.
Petruzzi, B.L., A. Bandara, C. De Castro, A. Molinaro, T. J. Inzana. “ Characterization of Biofilm and Exopolysaccharide Formation by Pasteurella multocida.” Abst. # Z-2414. 114th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Boston, Massachusetts. May 17-20, 2014.
K. C. Freudenberger, A. Champion, T. Inzana. “ Identification of a Putative Capsule-like Complex of Francisella novicida.” Abst. # B-1988. 114th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Boston, Massachusetts. May 17-20, 2014.
Dr. Bess Pierce, associate professor of community practice in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, presented “Avoiding the Surgeon – Preventing Stifle Injuries” and “Prevention Didn’t Work! Rehabilitation of the Stifle” at the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association 2014 Annual Spring Conference in April at the Greenbrier Resort.
Dr. Otto Lanz, associate professor of surgery in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, presented “Cruciate Ligament Rupture and Methods of Repair” twice at the WVVMA 2014 Annual Spring Conference in April at the Greenbrier Resort.
Dr. Scott Pleasant, associate professor of equine field service in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and Travis Burns, college farrier, gave presentations on corrective shoeing and podiatry to veterinarians in Chile this spring.
Catharine Cowan, Rujuan Dai, Bettina Heid, S. Ansar Ahmed. “Phenotypic and functional characterization of neutrophils from lupus-prone mice.” Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Viladomiu M., R. Hontecillas, D. GI. Kingston, A. Eaton, X. Zhang, C. W. Philipson, E. Schiff, K. Eden, P. Lu, A. Carbo and J. Bassaganya-Riera. “Immune modulatory mechanisms of Oncostenum bojerianum extracts during Clostridium difficile infection in mice.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Kronsteiner-Dobramysl B, J. Bassaganya-Riera, M. Viladomiu, C. Philipson, E. Schiff and R. Hontecillas. “Regulation of Helicobacter Pylori Replication by Macrophage PPAR.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Philipson C.W., J. Bassaganya-Riera, M. Viladomiu, A. Carbo, K. Eden, and R. Hontecillas. “Mucosal antimicrobial protection toward Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli infection is modulated by dietary tryptophan through an IL17-¬dependent mechanism.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Philipson C.W., P. Lu, J. Bassaganya-Riera, S. Vento, A. Carbo, M. Viladomiu, S. Kale, X. Zhang, A. Uren, A. Kallarakal, B. Xu, R. Hontecillas. “Novel Orally Active Ligands of Lanthionine Synthetase C-like protein 2 Ameliorate Influenza-related Inflammation and Immunopathology.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Allen, I.C., A. Simmons, V. Capria, T. LeRoith, G. Robbins, B. Held, C.W. Philipson, N. Dervisis, V. Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, R. Hontecillas, J. Bassaganya-Riera, J. Ting. “NLRX1 attenuates tumorigenesis through the negative regulation of AKT and NF-kB signaling.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Ken Oestreich and Kaitlin Read. “Identification of molecular mechanisms that regulate Th1 plasticity.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Xiaofeng Liao, Jingjing Ren, Gina Wei, A. Catharine Ross, Thomas E. Cecere, Bernard S. Jortner, S. Ansar Ahmed, and Xin M. Luo. “Pharmacological doses of vitamin A deteriorate lupus-like disease in the MRL/lpr mouse model.” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2-6, 2014.
Sponenberg, D.P. “Adalsteinsson’s Fingerprints on Color Genetics.” Ninth International Congress on Coloured Sheep and Wool. Paris, France. May 22-23, 2014.
Sponenberg, D.P. “The Role of Coloured Sheep in Rare Breed Conservation.” Ninth International Congress on Coloured Sheep and Wool. Paris, France. May 22-23, 2014.
Sponenberg, D.P. “Wool Sheep Are Not Hair Sheep.” Ninth International Congress on Coloured Sheep and Wool. Paris, France. May 22-23, 2014.
Sponenberg, D.P. “Sheep Are Not Goats or Alpacas.” Ninth International Congress on Coloured Sheep and Wool. Paris, France. May 22-23, 2014.
Sangster, JK; Panciera, DL; Abbott, JA; Zimmerman, KC; Lantis, AC. Cardiac Biomarkers in Hyperthyroid Cats. Journal Of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 28 (2):465-472; 2014.
Herring, I. P.; Panciera, D. L.; Werre, S. R. Longitudinal Prevalence of Hypertension, Proteinuria, and Retinopathy in Dogs with Spontaneous Diabetes Mellitus. Journal Of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 28 (2):488-495; 2014.
Glasser, SA; Charney, S; Dervisis, NG; Witten, MR; Ettinger, S; Berg, J; Joseph, R Use of an Image-Guided Robotic Radiosurgery System for the Treatment of Canine Nonlymphomatous Nasal Tumors. Journal Of The American Animal Hospital Association, 50 (2):96-104; 2014.
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Theus MH, Ricard J, Glass SJ, Travieso LG, Liebl DJ. “EphrinB3 blocks EphB3 dependence receptor functions to prevent cell death following traumatic brain injury.” Cell Death Dis. 2014 May 8;5:e1207. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2014.165.
D. P. Sponenberg, J. Beranger, A. Martin. An Introduction to Heritage Breeds. Storey Publishing.
Li, Xue-Lan; Wei, Hai-Xia; Zhang, Hao; Peng, Hong-Juan; Lindsay, David. “A Meta Analysis on Risks of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Toxoplasma gondii Infection.” PLoS One. May 15, 2014.
- June 29 - July 1 — MVMA Summer Conference
- Ocean City, MD
- July 25 - 29 — AVMA Annual Convention
- Denver, CO
- August 8 – 9 — Happy and Healthy Pet Weekend
- Blacksburg, VA
- August 25 — Start of Fall 2014 Semester
- Blacksburg, VA
- August 30 — VA-MD Vet Med Homecoming
- Blacksburg, VA
- August 30 — Class Reunions: Classes of 1984, 1999, 2004, and 2009
- Blacksburg, VA
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