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NC State Veterinary Medicine News and Updates, May 2022

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In the Spotlight

CVM Class of 2022 Celebrates Hard-Earned Oath & Hooding Moment

When members of the Class of 2022 showed up for the first day of classes, little did they know that a global pandemic would turn their path to a degree in veterinary medicine upside down.  Having endured COVID testing, distance learning, social distancing, mandatory masks and more, 101 DVM students and 11 Ph.D. students emerged to take part in an in-person Oath and Hooding ceremony and officially join their profession.

Third-year student Annie Gorges scoops food into a wolf pen on a rainy day.
Third-year student Annie Gorges scoops food into a wolf pen on a rainy day.

Working for the Wolves: Carnivore Crew Labors for a Species’ Life

“No other vet school in the entire country has an opportunity like this to see such up close and personal management of the most endangered canine in the world,” says Annie Gorges, co-president of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Carnivore Conservation Crew. The crew takes care of the critically endangered red wolves that live on campus.

Gone to the Galapagos: NC State team studies sea lions, sharks and stingrays

Professor Greg Lewbart led a group of 28 travelers including current DVM students and recent graduates on a bonus research trip to the Galapagos. The trip – a popular and important CVM elective that offers priceless experience in global health – was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID, leaving scores of disappointed future veterinarians. Usually the trip is over spring break, but Lewbert planned a May 2022 trip for those who had been left out.

Talking Turtles on World Turtle Day

Don’t miss this phenomenal Q&A with fourth-year student Christian Capobianco, who told us all the turtle things we need to know on Facebook Live. Christian is president of the Turtle Rescue Team at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.

CVM student Kayla Bonadie, left, examines an impala in South Africa.

Grant Expands Reach of Research Trip to South Africa

Three NC State students including Kayla Bonadie, a third-year CVM student, were able to work among wildlife in South Africa in May thanks to a seed grant awarded to help expand the involvement of minority students in global field research.

Faculty and Staff

Lascelles Named DuBose Distinguished Professor

Duncan Lascelles, professor of translational pain research and management, has been named to the Dr. J. McNeely and Lynne K. DuBose Distinguished Professorship in Musculoskeletal Health. Lascelles is also director of the Comparative Pain Research and Education Center, his research lab at NC State. The professorship was made possible by a $1 million gift from the Duboses that was matched by $500,000 from the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund.

Five from CVM Receive Early Career Innovators Awards

Assistant professors Glenn Cruse, molecular biomedical sciences; Margaret Gruen, clinical sciences; Gustavo Machado, population health and pathobiology; Kelly Ann Meiklejohn, population health and pathobiology; and Santosh Mishra, molecular biomedical science, were among the 25 NC State faculty named 2021-2022 Goodnight Early Career Innovators. The honor recognizes promising early-career faculty whose scholarship is in STEM or STEM education. 

Donors and Support

A Big Thank You

We held our first of what we hope will be many Terrence Curtin Society luncheons honoring the generosity of individuals who have made an annual fund gift of $1,000 or more to the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. We couldn’t do it without our donors.

Cannedy Receives a Coat of Excellence Award

Allen Cannedy, director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, has received a Coat of Excellent award in appreciation for his professional mobile veterinary service. Cannedy has been the veterinarian for Susan Ward and her late husband more than 20 years. Ward presented Cannedy with the coat for his dedication to the llamas and other large animals kept on the Ward property.