Vital Signs: January 2016 Vol. 5, Issue 1

A message from Dean Cyril Clarke

Our research opportunities in Chile

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s long-standing relationship with the Universidad Austral de Chile has created opportunities for veterinary students and faculty members at both institutions for two decades. A student honors program leading to graduate education opportunities for Chilean veterinarians began in 1996. Last year our relationship was expanded to include the University of San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador, in a three-campus exchange involving two to four veterinary students from each institution. In November, I led a delegation from Blacksburg to Valdivia, Chile, to discuss possible research collaborations that would build on the strengths of the two colleges and emphasize the role of One Health in solving healthcare challenges dealing with the connections between people, animals, and the environment.

During the trip, Roger Avery (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies), Gerhardt Schurig (Professor of Immunology), Jean Clarke (Associate Director of Research Initiatives, Fralin Life Science Institute), and I met with leaders and faculty of the Universidad Austral de Chile Veterinary Science College and discussed research and scholarship opportunities related to infectious diseases, vaccinology, population health, big data analytics, and regenerative medicine. The outcome of these meetings was a decision to establish “seed” projects in the following areas of common research interest:

  • Infectious disease control with an emphasis on population modeling: Through collaboration in the areas of big data analytics and infectious disease, researchers will explore the risk of transfer of infectious agents within human and animal populations, as well as transfer between both domesticated and wild animal species. Understanding disease transfer within and between these species is crucial to predicting the risk of human infections and the impact of vaccination programs.
  • Novel vaccine delivery systems: We will build on an accomplished reputation in vaccinology at both colleges by developing more vaccines — and more effective vaccines — to address health needs in farm animals, such as dairy cows, in order to protect public health and slow emergence of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Animal welfare and the human-animal bond: Research projects will study animal handling procedures that advance the quality of products derived from food supply animals and the role of the human-animal bond in promoting animal welfare. This research may utilize the Universidad Austral de Chile’s existing collaboration with other South American universities, which involves developing meat quality standards related to food supply animal humane transportation and handling, and intersects with our work at the Center for Animal Human Relationships.

Selected based on scientific merit and the future potential of the proposed research, awarded projects will receive up to $20,000 each for one year. This joint research endeavor not only builds upon previous efforts to connect the U.S. and Chilean universities, but also establishes a foundation for future progress in areas of mutual interest.

Dr. Cyril Clarke, Dean


Featured Stories

Third-year veterinary student Kaitlyn Pontuti (center) learns how to place an IV ear catheter at Virginia Tech's Dairy Science Complex at Kentland Farm with instruction from production management medicine intern Jessica Bradford.

Two colleges with a common vision

Even before the establishment of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, the veterinary sciences had a long tradition at Virginia Tech.

In 1891, the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now known as Virginia Tech) established a Department of Biology, which included the veterinary sciences, and then in 1959, it formed a separate Department of Veterinary Sciences. Students who wanted a veterinary degree, however, had to turn elsewhere until the creation of the regional veterinary college — a partnership between Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland.

Today, the veterinary college and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech continue their strong relationship and are working together on education, research, and service related to food supply animals.

Read more about the relationship between the veterinary college and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Mary Lou poses with her foster mother, Cheryl Miller (right), and her new toys donated by the Animal Control and Welfare Project in Summers County, West Virginia.

Compassionate Care Fund provides financial assistance, saves lives of beloved animals

When Mary Lou was brought to the Animal Control and Welfare Project, the humane society in Summers County, West Virginia, the eight-week-old puppy’s tongue drooped out of her swollen mouth. Her jaw was broken and on one side completely crushed.

The heeler mix was quickly referred for surgery to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Without that treatment, made possible by financial assistance from the college's Compassionate Care Fund, "they would have euthanized her," said Beth Vuolo, a volunteer at the humane society.

Vuolo said Mary Lou's injuries possibly came from being stepped on by a cow. Today, Mary Lou is doing well, having been fostered and later adopted, Vuolo said.

Since its inception, the Compassionate Care Fund has helped many animals like Mary Lou or Jasper, a miniature donkey who was treated successfully at the Marion duPont Equine Medical Center. It provides financial support when a successful outcome and good quality of life are likely following treatment, but an animal’s owners are either unknown or cannot afford that treatment. Donors provide the money for the fund.

Read more about the Compassionate Care Fund.

Xiaofeng Liao (left), a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, and Xin Luo (right), assistant professor of immunology, are co-authors on a paper about late-stage lupus in mice.

Researchers answer long-standing question about lupus

For years, biomedical researchers have suspected that a specific set of immune cells are responsible for causing disease in lupus patients, but until now they haven’t known for sure one way or the other.

A Virginia Tech immunologist has found that these cells — called plasmacytoid dendritic cells — do not, in fact, contribute to late-stage lupus in mice. The discovery, published in October in the Journal of Immunology, has implications for the future of lupus research.

Xin Luo, assistant professor of immunology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, and her colleagues built upon earlier research showing that lupus patients have been exposed to interferon alpha, a type of protein released by plasmacytoid dendritic cells — known as pDCs — and other immune cells. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can cause chronic fatigue, joint pain, rash, fever, renal failure, and even death. It affects an estimated 3 million people in the United States.

Read more about Luo’s discovery and its implications for the future of lupus research.

Josh Brunermer, second-year veterinary student and the current president of the AWFP, with his 2-year-old "foster failure" Jameson, who was rescued by AWFP from a shelter in Mercer County, West Virginia.

Student volunteers mark over a decade of service through Animal Welfare Foster Program

Since its creation by four veterinary school students in 2004, the Animal Welfare Foster Program, or AWFP, has rescued over 500 animals from local kill shelters. In 2006, the AWFP officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and though not affiliated with the university, continues to operate with the help of over 20 mostly student volunteers, serving roles from medical coordinator to foster parent to administrative.

Josh Brunermer, a second-year veterinary student from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, serves as the current president of the AWFP. While working with BARC (Bonding with Animals through Recreation on Campus) his sophomore year as a biochemistry major at Virginia Tech, Brunermer saw an advertisement for the AWFP and after a quick phone call, took over for the then current event coordinator, a role he continued to serve for two years before becoming president.

Brunermer explains that it typically takes a few weeks to a few months to find animals a "forever home," but he and the other volunteers typically have good results during the school year since the program is mainly run by current veterinary students. "It's a nice chance to get hands-on experience with animals," said Brunermer. "You really get to see a warmer side of the community because as soon as there's an animal that needs help, they're like, alright, I want to help."

Read more about the Animal Welfare Foster Program.

Clay Caswell (left), assistant professor of bacteriology, seeks to better understand brucellosis with Ph.D. students James Budnick (center) and Lauren Sheehan (right).

A bacterium's tricky behavior has researcher hot on its trail

Forget the latest James Bond movie — those looking for a good spy story should look no further than the laboratory of Virginia Tech researcher Clay Caswell.

With the support of a recently awarded $458,000 National Institutes of Health grant, Caswell studies the elusive activities of a bacterium called Brucella. Unlike other bacteria, Brucella is able to sneak like a spy into the body’s immune cells, causing abortions and sterility in animals and a debilitating flu-like disease in humans.

Each year, Brucella infects approximately 500,000 people worldwide. It is often contracted from animals through direct contact or consumption of unpasteurized dairy products, putting veterinary and other animal workers most at risk. There is no vaccine to prevent infection in humans.

Read more about Caswell’s brucellosis research.

Daniel Nelson, associate professor in the University of Maryland Department of Veterinary Medicine, is engineering bacteria-fighting drugs he's dubbed "enzybiotics."

University of Maryland researcher’s "enzybiotics" a new weapon against superbugs

Death from a minor cut or sore throat doesn’t figure highly among modern anxieties, but times may be changing. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are flourishing worldwide amid overuse of the former wonder drugs.

Yet there might be a way to fight bacteria without antibiotics by literally exploding the pests with a high-tech version of a process that evolved in nature.

Daniel Nelson, an associate professor in the University of Maryland Department of Veterinary Medicine and at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research in Rockville, extracts enzymes called lysins from viruses that infect bacteria — bacteriophages — and engineers bacteria-fighting drugs he’s dubbed "enzybiotics."

Read more about Nelson's research at the University of Maryland.

From left to right: Dean Cyril Clarke; Siba Samal, associate dean for the University of Maryland (UMD) campus; Mary Ann Rankin, UMD provost; and Craig Beyrouty, dean of the UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

University of Maryland provost and dean visit the veterinary college in Blacksburg

The veterinary college hosted the University of Maryland’s dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Craig Beyrouty and Provost Mary Ann Rankin on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources houses the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program, part of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Beyrouty is the Maryland college’s new dean, taking over the role in November of 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in soil science from Cal Poly State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in soil chemistry from Purdue University. He also worked for the Soil Conservation Service and Castle and Cooke Foods prior to pursuing graduate studies. Previously, he held positions as professor and head of agronomy at Purdue University, professor at the University of Arkansas, and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station for Colorado State University. He most recently served as the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at the Colorado State University before becoming dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Rankin, who is the senior vice president and provost of the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, has held her current position since 2012. She previously spent 37 years at the University of Texas at Austin, including six years as chair of biological sciences and 17 years as dean of the College of Natural Sciences. She has previously visited the veterinary college.

During their visit, Beyrouty and Rankin met with Virginia Tech Provost Thanassis Rikakis and faculty at the veterinary college.

Last year's Beef Cattle Health Conference attracted more than 300 cattle producers and set a new attendance record.

Virginia Tech to host beef cattle health conference in Blacksburg, Jan. 30

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Designed to give beef cattle producers an opportunity to learn strategies to improve the health of their herds, the conference will take place in the auditorium at Virginia Tech’s Litton-Reaves Hall, located at 175 West Campus Drive.

The conference will feature special guest Tom Noffsinger of Benkelman, Nebraska, a consulting feedlot veterinarian best known for his passion and enthusiasm for working with feed yards and ranches on low-stress cattle handing. An increasing number of feed yards and ranches are incorporating the low-stress handing philosophy and production practice into their daily operations to their and their cattle’s benefit.

Read more about the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference.

Follow the college on Instagram: @vamdvetmed

College launches Instagram account

The veterinary college has expanded its social media presence with the creation of a new Instagram account: @vamdvetmed. A popular social media service that lets users share photos and videos over a mobile phone, Instagram gives the college another way to connect with current and prospective students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends. Since its launch in December, the account has already given more than 150 followers a glimpse of everyday life at the veterinary college. The college already has a popular Facebook page and Twitter account.

Focus on Faculty: Martha Larson

Martha M. Larson

Martha M. Larson is a professor of radiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. After completing a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and in biology from the University of Georgia, she earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree and a master’s degree from Ohio State University. She joined the college in 1986 after completing residencies in radiology and small animal medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency in radiology at Ohio State University. Larson is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology.


Blacksburg, Virginia

What are your current responsibilities at the college? If you teach, what do you teach?

I am a radiologist in the teaching hospital. I also teach several lectures to the second-year and third-year students, mainly on thoracic radiology and ultrasound.

Read the full Q&A with Marti Larson.

Alumni Corner

Diane D’Orazio (DVM ’85) and Zombie, an eastern screech owl from the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center, were on hand at the college's 2014 Open House to educate visitors about their rescue work.

Diane D’Orazio (DVM ’85) makes a big impact at Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center

Since her graduation from the veterinary school with the Class of 1985, Diane D’Orazio’s career has taken many paths. She’s worked with dairy goats in Maryland, at an emergency veterinary clinic in Clearwater, and with Veterinarians to Cats, a Roanoke-based cat clinic run by D’Orazio’s former classmate, Connie Canode. Throughout her career, however, she’s always made time for volunteer wildlife rescue work.

Her passion for wildlife rescue began two weeks after graduating from the veterinary school when she received her first wildlife patient. “I got a fawn who had been hit by a hay mower. I had to amputate part of her back leg and then found a sanctuary for that little deer once it grew up, and that kind of got me started,” D’Orazio said.

Now, D’Orazio is the full-time veterinarian of record for the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center that serves the greater Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. The wildlife center, which moved to a new facility in April of 2015, treats about 1,250 animals annually.

Learn more about D’Orazio’s work at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center.

Around the College

Prospective students interview for Class of 2020

Earlier this month, prospective Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students completed campus interviews that will help determine whether they spend the next four years in Blacksburg. More than 1,400 individuals applied to begin studies at the veterinary college this fall, once again representing the second largest applicant pool among accredited institutions in North America. The college invited 336 applicants for interviews for the 120 available seats in the Class of 2020. View a Facebook photo gallery from the interview weekend.

Virginia Tech Helping PAWS opens therapy animal program to campus community

The college’s popular therapy animal program, Virginia Tech Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service), is expanding the eligibility requirements for participants to include all Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The program provides an opportunity for participants and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy to local facilities, such as Newman Library, Squires Student Center, Cook Counseling Center, the Women’s Center, local schools, and nursing homes. Hokies who are interested in becoming a therapy team with their pet can check out the eligibility requirements and steps to certification on the college website or email

College hosts Fifth Annual Equine and Food Animal Conference for Veterinarians

More than 100 veterinarians attended the Fifth Annual Equine and Food Animal Conference for Veterinarians on Friday, Jan. 8. The veterinary college hosted the no-cost conference to provide veterinarians with continuing education credit. Faculty members in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences gave presentations on a number of equine and food animal topics ranging from antimicrobial use in foals, to neurologic disorders of Arabian foals, to backyard poultry health. Participants also had an opportunity to tour the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. View a Facebook photo gallery of the conference.

Walker hound Bobby Sue finds forever home thanks to veterinary college volunteer

Christmas came early this year for Bobby Sue, a sweet walker hound who spent a month in the county animal shelter after being picked up as a stray, as many hounds do during hunting season, and never reclaimed by her owner. Bobby Sue recently found her forever home with shelter volunteers Megan Shepherd, assistant professor of clinical nutrition, and her partner Bryan Powell. She has officially traded in her hunting pursuits and will be enjoying lots of TLC, attention, and long walks with her new family. View a Facebook photo gallery detailing the many ways that veterinary college students and faculty helped Bobby Sue.

Ludeman Eng retires after 34 years of service to college

The college celebrated the career of Ludeman Eng, associate professor of cell biology and anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, at a Dec. 11 reception. During his 34 years of dedicated service to the college, Eng has served as head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology and assistant dean for strategic innovations, in addition to holding the position of chair for the Department of Basic Sciences at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He retired at the end of 2015.

Awards & Activities

Nathaniel White receives Distinguished Life Member Award
From left to right: David Foley, executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP); Nathaniel White, recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Life Member Award; and G. Kent Carter, 2015 AAEP president.

Nathaniel White receives Distinguished Life Member Award from Equine Association

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) presented Virginia Tech's Nathaniel A. White II, professor emeritus of equine surgery at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, with the Distinguished Life Member Award for his leadership and substantial volunteerism within the association during his 43 years of membership. The Distinguished Life Member Award honors an AAEP member who has made outstanding contributions to the association throughout his or her career. White, who served as AAEP president in 2010, was honored this month at the AAEP’s convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Read more about White’s recent honor.

Dean Cyril Clarke with Stacy Ferrell

Stacy Ferrell named January Staff Member of the Month

As a fiscal technician for clinical services, Stacy Ferrell is well-versed in hospital policies and procedures. This past year, she assisted with training new employees and is often sought after for procedural questions and advice. Her nominator describes Stacy as “a true team player. Regardless of what needs to be done, Stacy is always willing to help...if she is not working the counter but hears an upset client, she will quickly go to the desk to try to defuse the situation.”

Stacy, who joined the college in October 2007, is also responsible for answering the business office main phone line. Because of this duty, her nominator explains that Stacy “frequently comes in contact with clients who are upset about the total of their bill, or the service they received. She handles herself in a very professional manner, even in the most difficult situation.” Stacy also processes collection letters, discusses past due balances and payment plans with clients, and serves as a back-up to her supervisor for client needs. She is also familiar with collection laws and assists when needed in the Bursar’s Office on accounts at the collection agency.

Dean Cyril Clarke with Shelby Jenkins

Shelby Jenkins named December Staff Member of the Month

Shelby Jenkins, year four support specialist, joined the college in August 2013, quickly becoming an indispensable member of the Office of Academic Affairs. Once hired, Shelby immediately took on extra duties beyond her regular job description, including coordinating all exams and quizzes for students needing accommodations, which involves meeting with students, setting time frames for exams, working with faculty to ensure all necessary documents are available in a timely manner, and often, proctoring the exams herself.

For the past several months, Shelby has also assisted Jacquelyn Pelzer, director of admissions and student services, with scheduling the third-year students’ upcoming fourth-year classes in addition to coordinating the current fourth-year students’ schedules and evaluations. Her nominator describes how Shelby is “always pleasant, respectful and is a very good listener…a calming force in our office. Shelby is definitely deserving of this honor.”

Read more about the Staff Members of the Month.

More Awards & Accolades

Several faculty members received a one-year grant from the Winn Feline Foundation to study “Immunosignature Differentiation of Lymphoma and Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats.” Kurt Zimmerman, associate professor of pathology and informatics in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, is the principal investigator. Other researchers involved in the project include Irving Coy Allen, Nick Dervisis, Shawna Klahn, and Michael Leib.

Irving Coy Allen, assistant professor of inflammatory disease in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, is a co-principal investigator on two recent grants: “The Contribution of NLR Proteins in Modulating Gastrointestinal Inflammation Following Exposure to Wheat Gluten” from the One Health Center Seed Funding offered by the veterinary college and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and “Inhibition of the PI3K Pathway for treating Cancer using Nanoparticle-Based Drug Delivery” from the Enhanced Drug Delivery Seed Grant offered by the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. In addition, Kristin Eden, a graduate student in Allen’s laboratory, received a one-year grant from the Virginia Tech Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research and Development Fund to study “Evaluation of Noncanonical NF-κB Signaling in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”

Irving Coy Allen, assistant professor of inflammatory disease, has also launched a new program through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation entitled “The NIH K and New Investigator R01 Proposal Preparation Program.” The semester-long program is designed to assist postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty members in the preparation of their first major grant submission to the National Institutes of Health. The first cohort began Jan. 20.

Michele Borgarelli, associate professor of cardiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, is now president of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology.

Virginia Corrigan, community practice resident in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, achieved Diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Nick Parkinson, large animal medicine resident in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, accepted a position for an academic combined lectureship and Ph.D. program funded by the Wellcome Trust, located at the University of Edenborough. Equivalent to the fellowship/graduate programs sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, this seven-year program primarily accepts human medical doctors for the purpose of preparing them for successful careers as academic clinicians and researchers. Parkinson was the only veterinarian accepted into this year’s cohort and will begin the program in August.

Lauren Sheehan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, won the first place award for oral presentation at the 2015 Virginia Branch meeting for the American Society for Microbiology in November.


  • Irving Coy Allen (invited speaker). “The Goldilocks Conundrum: Novel Roles for NLR Proteins in Maintaining Immune System Homeostasis and Tumorigenesis.” Bernie B. Carter Center for Immunology Research Seminar Series.
  • Sheryl Coutermarch-Ott, Tanya LeRoith, C. Washington, Nick Dervisis, R. Hontecillas-Magarzo, J. Bassaganya-Riera, Irving Coy Allen. “NLRX1 Attenuates Tumorigenesis Through the Negative Regulation of AKT and NF-kb Signaling.” Annual meeting of the Veterinary Cancer Society Conference.  Tyson Corner, Virginia. Oct. 15-17, 2015.
  • Greg Daniel (invited speaker). One Health Imaging Research Symposium on Radiotherapeutics, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Oct. 16, 2015.
  • Erin Fagan, Shawna Klahn, Nick Dervisis, Tanya LeRoith. “Identification of the Presence and Activity of the JAK-STAT Pathway in Multiple Canine Tumors.” Annual meeting of the Veterinary Cancer Society Conference. Tyson Corner, Virginia. Oct. 15-17, 2015.
  • Piedad Natalia Henao-Guerrero. Veterinary Anesthesiology Course of the Southern Area-Chilean Veterinary Anesthesia Society. University of Valdivia, Chile. December 2015.
  • Piedad Natalia Henao-Guerrero. “Anesthetic Management of Patients with Common Cardiac Diseases and Pain vs Dysphoria.” Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference. Greenbrier Resort. Nov. 14, 2015.
  • Michael Leib. “Updates in Gastroenterology, Acute pancreatitis in Dogs: An Update.” Veterinary Medical Association New York City, January 2016.
  • Michael Leib. “Pearls of GI Endoscopy.” Animal Medical Center in New York, New York in January 2016.
  • Michael Leib. Eleven hours of continuing education. CVC San Diego, California. December 2015.
  • Michael Leib. Six hours of continuing education. Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association. Dayton, Ohio. November 2015.
  • Michael Leib. Six hours continuing education. Airport Road Animal Hospital. “Acute pancreatitis is dogs: An update,” “What’s new in GI therapy: antiemetics, antacids, and probiotics,” “Chronic vomiting: what is the role of ultrasound in diagnosis and Helicobacter in treatment?” Johnson City, Tennessee. October 2015.
  • Phil Pickett. Small animal ophthalmology continuing education. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Oct. 18, 2015.  Sponsored by Jorgensen Laboratories, Penn Vet Supply, Dechra Veterinary Supplies and Icare Finland.
  • Qizhi Qin, R. Davalos, Irving Coy Allen, Nick Dervisis. “The AKT Signaling Pathway is Active in Canine Histiocytic Sarcoma.” Annual meeting of the Veterinary Cancer Society Conference. Tyson Corner, Virginia. Oct. 15-17, 2015
  • Dominique Sawyere. “Cytokines and Growth Factors in Normal Canine Autologous Conditioned Serum” (Dominique Sawyere, Otto Lanz, Linda Dahlgren, Sabrina Barry). ACVS Annual Meeting. Nashville, Tennessee. Oct. 24, 2015.
  • Jessica Stalhe (Dana Neelis, Martha Larson, Nick Dervisis, John Rossmeisl) “Diffusion Weighted MR Imaging In The Differentiation Between Metastatic And Benign Regional Lymph Nodes In Canine Patients With Head And Neck.” Annual Meeting American College of Veterinary Radiology, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oct. 10, 2015


  • D. Khan and S. Ansar Ahmed. “The Immune System Is a Natural Target for Estrogen Action: Opposing Effects of Estrogen in Two Prototypical Autoimmune Diseases.” Frontiers in Immunology. Jan 6;6:635. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2015.00635. eCollection 2015. Review.
  • D. Khan and S. Ansar Ahmed. “Regulation of IL-17 in autoimmune diseases by transcriptional factors and microRNAs.” Frontiers in Genetics. 2015 Jul 14;6:236. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00236. eCollection 2015. Review.
  • Britt Carr, S.O. Canapp, D.R. Mason, C. Cox, T. Hess. “Canine platelet-rich plasma systems: a prospective analysis” Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 2016;2(73):doi: 10.3389/fvets.2015.00073.
  • Britt Carr, D.D. Dycus. “Canine orthopedic devices.” Today’s Veterinary Practice. 2016; 6(1):117-125.
  • Britt Carr, S.O. Canapp, M.C. Zink. “Quantitative comparison of the walk and trot of border collies and labrador retrievers, breeds with different performance requirements.” PLoS One. 2015;10(12):e0145396. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145396.
  • E.F. Perkowski, J.R. McCann, J.T. Sullivan, S. Malik, Irving Coy Allen, V. Godfrey, J.D. Hayden, M. Braunstein. “An orphaned Mce-associated protein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a virulence factor that stabilizes Mce transporters.” Molecular Microbiology. PMID: 26712165. IF: 5.026. (12/03/15; In Press).
  • Nicole Weinstein, Katie Boes, E. Mauldin, and John Rossmeisl. “What is your diagnosis? Middle ear material from a dog.” Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 2016.
  • Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott, Kristin Eden, Irving Coy Allen. “Beyond the Inflammasome: Regulator NLR Modulation of the Host Immune Response Following Virus Exposure.” Journal of General Virology. IF: 3.23. (01/13/16; In Press).
  • N. Egekwu, D.E. Sonenshine, Heidi Garman, D.J. Barshis, N. Cox, B.W. Bissinger, J. Zhu, and M. Roe, R. (2016). “Comparison of synganglion neuropeptides, neuropeptide receptors and neurotransmitter receptors and their gene expression in response to feeding in Ixodes scapularis(Ixodidae) vs. Ornithodoros turicata (Argasidae).” Insect Molecular Biology, 25: 72–92. doi: 10.1111/imb.12202.
  • Lijuan Kan, Aubrie Smith, Miao Chen, Benjamin T. Ledford, Huimin Fan, Zhongmin Liu, and Jia-Qiang He. “Rho-Associated Kinase Inhibitor (Y-27632) Attenuates Doxorubicin-Induced Apoptosis of Human Cardiac Stem Cells.” PLoS One. 2015 Dec 8;10(12): e 0144513. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144513.
  • RL McKown, AC Tate, AM Enghauser, CL Soyars, RW Raab, GW Laurie, and Ian Herring. “Canine Tear Lacritin is Down Regulated in Clinical Dry Eye.” Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56(7): June 2015.
  • Michael S. Leib. “Fiber-Responsive Large Bowel Diarrhea” in Tilley LP, Smith FWK (eds.) Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult. Wiley Blackwell, West Sussex, UK, 2016, 514.
  • JW Ivey, EL Latouche, MB Sano, John Rossmeisl, RV Davalos, and SS Verbridge. “Targeted cellular ablation based on the morphology of malignant cells.” Scientific Reports, 5:17157, DOI: 10.1038, srep17157,
  • AR Taylor, BD Young, GJ Levine, K. Eden, W. Corapi, John Rossmeisl, and JM Levine. “Clinical Features and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in 7 Dogs with Central Nervous System Aspergillosis.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2015.
  • Dan Rothschild, T. Srinivasan, L. Aponte, X. Shen, Irving Coy Allen. “The Ex Vivo Culture and Pattern Recognition Receptor Stimulation of Mouse Intestinal Organoids.” Journal of Visualized Experiments. IF: 1.325. (11/01/15; In Press).
  • Pineyro, Phil Sponenberg, Theresa Pancotto, King, and Bernard Jortner. “Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy with cholesterol deposits in a dog.” Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 1-5, 2015.

Upcoming Events

January 30, 2016Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference
Virginia Tech’s Litton-Reaves Hall — Blacksburg, VA
February 16, 2016Equine Medical Center Tuesday Talk: "Emergency Preparedness and Management"
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center — Leesburg, VA
February 25-27, 20162016 Virginia Veterinary Conference
Roanoke, VA
March 4-5, 20162016 AAVMC Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.
March 8, 2016Equine Medical Center Tuesday Talk: "Colic: What's New?"
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center — Leesburg, VA
April 8, 2016 — 2016 DVM Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
The Inn at Virginia Tech — Blacksburg, VA
April 9, 2016VA-MD Vet Med Open House
VA-MD Vet Med Main Campus — Blacksburg, VA


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