The 10th Annual Merial NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium took place in early August at the University of Georgia. Faculty and staff accompanied 11 Ohio State students from the college's Summer Research Program and one graduate student from the college to the symposium. The theme this year, "Beyond One Health," focused on the convergence of veterinary, human and environmental health. The students attended seminars, networked with their peers and mentors from other universities, and presented their summer research projects in two poster sessions.
Out of the over 300 posters presented, two Ohio State veterinary students were recipients of Best Poster Awards. Bonnie Harrington won best poster in the pathology category "MicroRNA Expression in Biologically High Grade Canine Mast Cell Tumors." Bonnie is working with Dr. William Kisseberth and she is also a Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar. Pilar Rivera won best poster in the infectious disease category "Aerosolized Nucleotide Synthesis Inhibitors for Treatment of Influenza." Pilar is working with Dr. Ian Davis and she is a Merial Veterinary Student Scholar. In addition to veterinary student scholars, there was a category for graduate veterinarians pursuing advanced research training. Dr. Kathryn Gibson, a graduate student in Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa's laboratory was one of five finalists in the Young Investigator Award. She presented her research, "An Analysis of Neorickettsia sennetsu Major Surface-exposed Proteins: The 51-kDa Antigen is a Porin."
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About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.