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NC State Veterinary Medicine News and Updates, December 2020

Curtin speaks during the CVM's dedication ceremony
Founding dean Terry Curtin speaks during the CVM's dedication ceremony, 1983. University Archives Photograph Collection.

In the Spotlight

Remembering Terry Curtin, the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Founding Dean: 1926-2020.

Diversity and Inclusion

Donna Matthews Jarrell (’88, DVM), the second African American to enroll at the CVM and first African American female graduate, shares her experience in veterinary medicine and her thoughts on how to make the profession more inclusive. 

NC State Intercultural Development Inventory Pilot launches with the CVM among inaugural participants.

Donors and Support

Kenya Thomasson
Annalee Thomasson with her Labrador mix, Kenya, outside at the NC State Veterinary Hospital. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine.

A donation that Tugs at the heartstrings: “Without NC State’s skills, Tug wouldn’t have survived,” says Jim Davis. “We realize how fortunate we are to be so close to a facility like this, and we wanted to do something so we would never forget how well we were served.”

Saving Kenya: A bright light during one family’s particularly challenging year, thanks to help from the Petco Foundation and the Blue Buffalo Cancer Treatment Fund.

Faculty and Staff

A new CVM-led canine sleep study, with authors including Hope Wells, Margaret Gruen and Duncan Lascelles, could guide further research on chronic pain and cognitive dysfunction in dogs, potentially improving detection and treatment for humans as well.

A new grant extends a vital project led by Gustavo Machado to more effectively halt the spread of infectious disease in livestock.

Melissa Srougi
Melissa Srougi. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine

A virtual reality project, led by Melissa Srougi and NC State DELTA, will offer an interactive laboratory experience in biotechnology for the next generation of scientists.

Anthony Blikslager and Amanda Ziegler discuss breakthroughs in recognizing and treating pain in horses with colic.

Duncan Lascelles discusses innovations in diagnosing and treating osteoarthritis in companion animals.

New research led by Edward Breitschwerdt continues to shed light on the characteristics of Bartonella, an emerging infectious disease threat.

Tara Harrison named co-veterinary adviser for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ tiger species survival plan. Read more about the AZA’s tiger conservation work here:

Welcome to the CVM: Meet new avian and exotic medicine clinician-professor Sarah Ozawa.

Students and Alumni

Ankita Gupta
Ankita Gupta

Doctoral student Rosemary Bayless named 2020’s Past Presidents’ Research Fellow by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

DVM/Ph.D. student Ankita Gupta receives the Doc Lombard Student Research Award from the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association.

The class of 2021’s Sara Tufts awarded Zoetis/Foundation for the Horse scholarship.