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2021 Phi Zeta Research Day Awards

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Congratulations to the 24th Annual Phi Zeta Research Day award recipients! Following the keynote address by Dr. Ron Banks, OU Health Sciences Center, veterinary students, house officers, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows presented their research.

Awardees received a generous monetary award along with a certificate thanks to this year’s sponsors: Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Elanco, Idexx, Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy, Merck, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Office and Office of Research and Graduate Education, Phi Zeta Nu Chapter and Zoetis.

John King Award (Best Overall Veterinary Student Presentation)

Mindi Bracy, class of 2022/Breanne Morrell, class of 2021 (tie)

Intern/Veterinary Student Clinical Case

  • 1st Zandy Hoff, DVM, Modified Blalock-Taussig shunt for palliative treatment of tetralogy of fallot in an 8-month-old Cane Corso
  • 2nd Breanne Morrell, class of 2021, Vascular Accident in a Feline
  • 3rd Courtney O’Connor, class of 2021, When GDV meets DIC: A Case Report

Resident Clinical Case

  • 1st Kelsey Jurek, DVM, Trauma causing complete left facial nerve paralysis and necessitating partial sternohyoidectomy in a 10-year-old American Paint Horse gelding
  • 2nd Donald Holter, DVM, Surgical management of annular anorectral strictures in a 2-year-old male domestic shorthair cat with a history of severe trauma and perineal wound management
  • 3rd Jane Park, DVM, Complications associated with unilateral SUB placement and nephrotomy in a 5-year-old Golden Retriever

Veterinary Student/MS Research

  • 1st Eva Kao, A novel IgM ELISA to detect acute cytauxzoonosis
  • 2nd Mindi Bracy, class of 2022, Risk factors for umbilical hernias in commercial pigs
  • 3rd Laura Edwards, class of 2021, Reporting of Primary and Secondary Outcomes in Exotic, Zoo and Wild Animal Randomized Controlled Trials

Intern/Resident Research

  • 1st Hugh Duddy, DVM, Outcome following local injection of a liquid amnion allograft for treatment of equine tendonitis or desmitis – 100 cases
  • 2nd Imal Khelik, DVM, Prevalence and outcome of routine and emergency reproductive surgery in female pet rats presented at a veterinary teaching hospital
  • 3rd Natasha Williams, DVM, Investigating the relationship between insulin sensitivity and vulnerability to induction of atrial fibrillation in horses with equine metabolic syndrome/ Kelsey Jurek, DVM, Effect of perfusate volume on synovial fluid amikacin concentrations following saphenous intravenous regional limb perfusion in the standing, sedated horse (tie)

PhD/Post-Doctoral Research

  • 1st Kathryn Duncan, Diversity and geographic distribution of Rickettsia from Dermacentor spp. across the United States
  • 2nd Megan Lineberry, Cercopithifilaria bainae infections in dogs in the United States: Testing the tick vector to assess geographic distribution of the emerging parasite
  • 3rd Cristina Munteanu, Alveolar Epithelial Cell Ferroptosis is a Key Mediator of Lung Fibrosis Pathogenesis

Poster Presentation

  • 1st Alexis Hawton, Quantifying epidermal changes of naїve and subsequent Amblyomma americanum bite lesions of dogs and cats
  • 2nd Kaushalya Jayathilake, Equine Insulin Dysregulation Induces Higher Expression of Acute Phase Protein in a Tissue-Specific Manner

A special thanks to the Phi Zeta Team of Drs. Susan Fielder, Lara Sypniewski, and Erik Clary, Dr. Rosslyn Biggs in the Continuing Education office and Cindy Martens in the office of Research and Graduate Education for their work in making this event a success.

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 |

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