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News and Updates, July 2020

Dianne Dunning
Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services Steve Marks (left) and Associate Dean of Advancement Dianne Dunning (right) with during Dunning's Coat of Excellence ceremony. Photo by Sherry Buckles/NC State Veterinary Medicine

Diversity and Inclusion

As the first Black graduate of the CVM, the class of 1986’s Tracy Hanner has spent his career pushing for diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine. A now-fully funded scholarship bearing his name continues his legacy.

Allen Cannedy talks to the AVMA about the CVM’s commitment to fighting racism in veterinary medicine.

Donors and Support

Dianne Dunning ( and Steve Marks ( receive the Randy and Susan Ward Coat of Excellence.

The class of 2023’s Sarah Scott-Cruz is grateful for the opportunities the Annable Scholarship creates at the CVM. 

Alumni and Students

Francess Blake and Alexis Roach
The class of 2023’s Francess Blake (left) and Alexis Roach. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine.

The class of 2023’s Alexis Roach and Francess Blake talk with the AVMA’s My Veterinary Life podcast about what it’s like to be in veterinary school with your best friend.

An innovative video created by NC State summer students in the CVM Research Veterinary Scholars Program showcases the equine lymphatic system.

Faculty and Staff

A new gut microbiome study led by Karen Muñana may guide new treatments for canine epilepsy.

Jorge Piedrahita discusses how the Comparative Medicine Institute advances innovative research and strengthens training in biomedical sciences.

Julie Nettifee is one of just five finalists nationwide for the 2020 American Humane Hero Veterinary Nurse Award. Voting runs through Aug. 13.

Thierry Olivry receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the European College of Veterinary Dermatology.

New to the CVM family: Meet Yu Ueda, clinical assistant professor.

Greg Lewbart talks about North Carolina snakes, how much of a threat they actually are to humans and animals and more.

Laura Nelson, Amy Snyder, Kate Fiebrandt and Tiffany Pridgen receive Academy of Educators teaching awards.

Matthew Breen talks with NIEHS about how the organization’s grant helped him study dogs to better understand how human exposure to chemicals may lead to cancer.

Anthony Blikslager named Department of Clinical Sciences head.

Lizette Hardie
Lizette Hardie works with students in the CVM’s Simulation Lab. Photo by Nathan Latil/NC State Veterinary Medicine

Lizette Hardie has guided class after class of CVM students with firm yet affirming hands. Now begins a new chapter.

Research led by Ed Breitschwerdt connects a newly recognized pathogen to chronic health problems in dogs, including heart infections.

Steve Marks talks to Women’s Running about how to have the best summer runs with dogs.

With help from NC State DELTA, a CVM global health course taught by Andy Stringer uses immersive virtual reality to take students to Ethiopia to study food security.

Photography for this story was taken prior to enhanced COVID-19 safety and mask protocol established for CVM faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public. The latest information on our protocol can be found here: