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NC State Veterinary Medicine News and Updates, November 2020

CVM Malawi Project team
CVM members of the Malawi project collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill (left-to-right): Rocio Crespo, Sid Thakur, Megan Jacob, Lyndy Harden, and Shiva Keelara. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Allen Cannedy will lead a session on race and inclusion issues in veterinary medicine as part of the AVMA’s new Brave Space Certificate Program focusing on workplace inclusivity.
  • CVM named a pilot participant in the NC State Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s Intercultural Development Inventory.

Donors and Support

Paola Cruz Ramos
The class of 2022’s Paola Cruz Ramos. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine.
  • Joslin Rosa-Rios and her pet rabbit, Fluffy, are inseparable. Clinical expertise and financial assistance from the Petco Foundation and the Blue Buffalo Cancer Treatment Fund ensures it stays that way.
  • Annable Scholar Paola Cruz Ramos guided by the power of positive thinking as a member of the class of 2022.

Faculty and Staff

  • Teresa DeFrancesco discusses current research into nutrition-related canine dilated cardiomyopathy and the importance of veterinarians asking about diet when treating heart conditions.
  • Lauren Schnabel and NC State chemist Joshua Pierce had never worked together before, but their first research partnership may be a giant leap forward in treating common but often life-threatening infections in animals and humans.
  • Brian Gilger named a distinguished alumnus in academia by the Auburn University CVM.
  • Researchers including Grayson Walker and Luke Borst find that when a particular strain of Enterococcus is found alongside E. coli in avian colibacillosis, there is a higher rate of fatality than when the infection is caused by E. coli alone.
  • Research led by Barbara Qurollo identifies new Rickettsia species in dogs.
  • A first-of-its-kind collaboration between the CVM and UNC Project-Malawi is fighting the rise of antimicrobial resistance in Africa.
  • Lauren Schnabel discusses promising equine stem cell therapies with The Horse.

    Lauren Schnabel, associate professor of equine orthopedic surgery. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine.
  • Ed Breitschwerdt talks with about how “hiding an epidemic caused by a genus of bacteria may be easier than one might think.”
  • Greg Lewbart chats about the bond humans share with some of the most unconventional creatures on an episode of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ “Love Nature: The Biophilia Podcast.”

Students and Alumni

  • Phillip Nelson (Ph.D., ’93), whose 40-year career in veterinary medicine has included HIV research and serving as a vital voice for diversity in the profession, is the recipient of this year’s CVM Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • A severed spinal cord is disastrous for people, but not so for some remarkable animal species. A rescued snapping turtle named Funfetti treated by the student-run Turtle Rescue Team is living proof.
  • 2009 alum Lauren Charles is the analytics lead for BioFeed, a global bio-surveillance tool that helped U.S. analysts in December 2019 track what was then an unknown pneumonia sickening people in China. The virus was later dubbed COVID-19.