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Veterinary Medicine

Vet med students earn honors at conference

December 10, 2012

Colorado State University graduate students earned honors at the recent Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease Meeting in Chicago.

Left to Right: Heidi Pecoraro, Nadia Saklou, Lutz Goehring, Brandy Burgess, Paul Morley, Audrey Ruple “As "Section Head for Population Health, I am always pleased when we return from this meeting and I can do a little bragging about our grad students,” said Dr. Paul Morley, professor of Epidemiology and Infection Control in CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “This year is no exception. All the students did extremely well. I am also pleased to report that four students received special recognition for their presentations.”

CSU awards at the conference:

Heidi Pecoraro

  • Best oral presentation in microbiology (1 of 4 awarded): "Genome evolution and antigenic variation of canine influenza virus H3N8 in U.S. dogs."  Awarded by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. She is a PhD/DVM dual degree student in Clinical Sciences (Dr. Gabi Landolt is her advisor.)

Nadia Saklou

  • Best oral presentation in biosecurity and biosafety: "Environmental survival of Equine Herpesvirus -1." Saklou is a second year PVM student who did this work using support from a PVM Student grant from Clinical Sciences. (Dr. Lutz Goehring is her advisor.)


Audrey Ruple

  • Best oral presentation in epidemiology and animal health economics (1 of 2 awarded): "Syndromic surveillance for nosocomial infections in small animal veterinary referral hospitals." She is a PhD candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology interdisciplinary Graduate Program (Morley is her advisor.)


Brandy Burgess

  • Best oral presentation in epidemiology and animal health economics (1 of 2 awarded): “Risk factors for environmental contamination with Salmonella enterica in a veterinary teaching hospital.” Awarded by the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. She is a resident at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and PhD candidate in Clinical Sciences (Morley is her advisor.) 
  • Mark Gearhart Award for best manuscript in epidemiology and preventive medicine: "Nasal shedding of Equine Herpesvirus-1 from horses in an outbreak of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy in Western Canada."  Awarded by the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

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