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July 2014

July 23, UGA press release: New model helps explain how human-provided food resources promote or reduce wildlife disease. A recent study published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters is co-authored by Richard Hall, an assistant research scientist in the College of Veterinary Medicine department of infectious diseases.

July 18, The Red & Black: New vet hospital: Better amenities for students, patients. An update on the new veterinary teaching hospital that is under construction at the intersection of College Station and Barnett Shaosl roads.

July 15, Horsetalk.co.nz: Ocular disease in blue-eyed horses explored. Article covers a study done by researchers at both the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Illinois.

July 7, UGA Press Release: UGA Alumni Association announces 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Among those named to the 2014 "40 under 40" list are faculty member and alumnus Dr. Chad Schmiedt (DVM '00), an associate professor of soft tissue surgery; and alumna Aleisha Gomes Swartz (DVM '02) of Honolulu, who serves as chief veterinarian of the Hawaiian Humane Society.
More:
The Red & Black newspaper: UGA Alumni Association announces 40 Under 40 Class of 2014

July 1, Athens Banner-Herald: UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital holds 2014 Picture Your Pet Photo Contest.
Read the original press release: UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital holds 2014 Picture Your Pet Photo Contest

June 2014

June 28, Athens Banner-Herald: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine performs second successful kidney transplant on cat. More news about kidney transplant cat Arthur, his owners and recovery.
More:
Vet Practice News: UGA Reports Successful Feline Kidney Transplant: The veterinarians used stem cells harvested from the patient to optimize the cat’s acceptance of the new kidney.

June 20, The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph: Zoo Atlanta mourning 7-year-old Warthog. The warthog was brought the CVM for necropsy.

June 17, Athens Banner-Herald: UGA veterinary surgeons use feline adult stem cells in kidney transplant
June 17: Read the original press release from UGA Public Affairs
More:
June 18, Phys.org: Veterinary surgeons use feline adult stem cells in kidney transplant
Global Bioethics Initiative: Veterinary Surgeons use Feline Adult Stem Cells in Kidney Transplant

June 12, UGA press release: Network-based vaccinations may control disease outbreaks in endangered chimps. Julie Rushmore, a student in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM/PhD program, spent nearly a year observing the wild Kanyawara chimpanzee community in Kibale National Park, Uganda. She recorded the behavior of chimpanzees in the community and used social network analysis to quantify which members of the community were more likely to contract and spread diseases based on how frequently they interacted with each other.
More on Rushmore and her work:
Athens Banner-Herald: Network-based vaccinations may control disease outbreaks in endangered chimps
Rushmore's profile on the website of the Center for Integrative Conservation Research
Abstract in the Journal of Animal Ecology

May 2014

May 16, Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia top medical researchers. Biao He is one of four UGA researchers on the ABC's list.

May 15, Athens Banner-Herald: UGA's 'Vet School for a Day' set for September. Our annual event will be held September 24, 2014.
Press release: UGA's 'Vet School for a Day' set for September

May 14, UGA press release: Virtual pet leads to increase physical activity for kids, UGA research says. Team members included Tom Robertson, an associate professor of physiology and pharmacology; James Moore, a professor of large animal medicine; Scott Brown, the Edward H. Gunst Professor of Small Animal Medicine, all from the UGA CVM.
More:
June 9, The Red & Black newspaper: UGA researchers find virtual pets help increase physical activity, reduce obesity
May 16, MDConnects.com: Virtual Dog Helps Children Lose Excess Weight: Study
Reprints:
Jersey Tribune via EurekAlert!
BioMedicine.org
ScienceNewsline.com: Medicine
wn.com
HealthCanal.com

May 8, RedandBlack.com: UGA faculty awarded innovative instruction grants. Article mentions several CVM faculty who were awarded grants this year: Melinda Camus, Bridget Garner, Wan-I Oliver Li, Simon Platt, Marc Kent and Allison Haley.
See also May 1, UGA press release: UGA faculty awarded innovative instruction grants

May 8, RedandBlack.com: UGA now accepting applications for new post-baccalaureate research program. The PREP program director is Julie M. Moore, a professor in the CVM department of infectious diseases.

May 7, UGA press release: New grant program at UGA funds six interdisciplinary faculty teams. A team from the CVM selected for funding will work on "Developing new animal models for studying tuberculosis infection and transmission, potentially leading to new vaccine development." The principal investigator is Fred Quinn, professor and head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the College of Veterinary Medicine, with co-PIs Biao He, Vanessa Ezenwa, Russ Karls, Tuhina Gupta, Mark Tompkins, Balazs Rada, also of the infectious diseases department; Christopher Whalen, epidemiology and biostatistics (UGA); Kaori Sakamoto, pathology (CVM); and Steve Harvey, population health (CVM).

May 1, press release: UGA student named finalist in LabTV contest. April Bailey, a graduate student in the Health and Medical Journalism program, produced a video entitled, "Hillary Danz - Medical Researcher - University of Georgia" (click to view on YouTube). Published on April 17, 2014, the video is a LabTV Finalist Award Winner. Hillary Danz is a researcher in the Donald Harn Laboratory at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Read the LabTV press release here
April Bailey also produced a video profile of Farah Samli, also from the Harn Laboratory. Bailey writes, "Like many of us when we first pursue our passions, Farah doubted herself in the beginning. But that soon changed and now she is making great strides in vaccine research."

April 2014

April 11, UGA press release: Emory and UGA receive $3.6 million NIH influenza contract: National influenza centers integrate research to improve pandemic preparedness. Ralph Tripp, professor and chair of animal health vaccine development at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, is project leader at UGA, with co-project leader Mark Tompkins (also UGA CVM).

April 10, UGA press release: Georgia BioBusiness Center to showcase UGA startup companies. Two companies sprung from the College of Veterinary Medicine are featured: IS3D, LLC and Molecular Therapeutics. IS3D develops interactive educational software for K-12 students. IS3D graduated from the GBBC incubator this year. Co-founded by eight UGA faculty members, including CEO Tom Robertson, associate professor of physiology and pharmacology. Molecular Therapeutics develops antimicrobial technologies. Founded by Branson Ritchie, Distinguished Research Professor of small animal medicine.

April 4, The Red & Black: Eat bugs and shear sheep: Insect Zoo, vet med welcome visitors. Article about the annual Open House and some of the visitors who also went across the street to the Insect Zoo.

March 2014

March 28, Athens Banner-Herald: Poets, scientists, students share ideas at TEDxUGA. Article mentions infectious diseases doctoral student Farah Samli's presentation on vaccines.
More on Samli's TEDxUGA talk:
March 28, TEDxUGA 2nd annual event: TEDxUGA, "Theme: [insert your idea here]"
March 25, WomenattheFrontier.org: Profile on E. Farah Samli.

March 23, Athens Banner-Herald: $21 billion state budget aims to have a little something for everyone. Article mentions $1.35 million in equipment for the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which is a contract the CVM holds for the Dept. of Ag to use our Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in Athens and Tifton.

March 14, UGA press release: Company founded by UGA professors among Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. IS3D LLC, a company that makes interactive educational software and was founded by professors from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia for 2014, according to the Technology Association of Georgia.

February 2014

February 25, Athens Banner-Herald: Clarke Central ninth-graders got a look at UGA science. As part of a day-long visit to campus to explore the many options for students interested in biological sciences, the group took a tour of the College's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

January 2014

January 29, KXXV-TV.com: Harmony in a House of Cats. Our behavior medicine specialist Sharon Crowell-Davis discusses the social nature of cats, and how to introduce one or more new cats into a single-cat household.

Excerpt: "A cat that isn't accustomed to its own kind becomes socially incompetent as an adult," she says. "But then, if a child grows up without going to school and being deprived socially, wouldn't the same thing happen? Social behavior is greatly learned."

January 29, The Poultry Site: Jackwood Receives 2014 Charles Beard Research Excellence Award
More: WN.com:

January 24, The Gainesville (Ga.) Times: Livestock require more food, water in frigid temperatures. Our Dr. Katie Seabaugh, clinical assistant professor of large animal medicine, provides livestock owners valuable tips on keeping their animals comfortable during the extreme cold hitting Georgia this winter.

January 14, BusinessWire.com: Georgia Bio Announces Phoenix Award, UGA & Merial Honored. The Phoenix Award recognizes "the year's best collaboration between an academic institution and a company that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth the bioscience industry in Georgia."
More: UGA press release, UGA, Merial receive 2014 Phoenix Award for collaborative partnership
GeorgiaBio: Georgia Bio Awards Dinner - A Starry Night

December 2013

December 19, Athens Patch: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Hosting Shelter Medicine Symposium

December 18, press release: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine to host annual shelter medicine symposium

December 9, press release: UGA start-up company moves from incubator into Athens community

December 3, press release: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine opens registration for VetCAMP 2014 on Dec. 9

November 2013

November 27, DVM360.com: UGA veterinary lab offers free testing for jerky-related illness and death.

November 20, press release: The University of Georgia receives Phase II Grand Challenges Explorations funding

November 14, press release: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine student organization to host benefit auction

October 2013

October 31, press release: Media advisory: UGA labs conduct testing for FDA's pet food surveillance program

October 29, press release: UGA seminar to focus on the rabies virus

October 25, press release: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine receives full accreditation

October 23, 2013, RedandBlack.com: Students share ideas at TEDxUGA student presenter competition. Article mentions infectious diseases doctoral student Farah Samli's presentation on the expansion of vaccines.
More on Samli's TEDxUGA talk:
Athens Banner-Herald, "Students show off their ideas at TEDxUGA competition."

October 1, Georgia Trend magazine: Cell Mates: Collaborative university efforts are driving ground-floor biotech discoveries. Article mentions the "fracture putty" that Dr. John Peroni, associate professor of large animal medicine, is developing in conjunction with other researchers.

September 2013

September 12, press release: Science of Veterinary Medicine Symposium to be held Oct. 10 at UGA

September 9, Fox 5 News (Atlanta): Dog survives bout with breast cancer

August 2013

August 30, press release: UGA lab plays key role in identifying dolphin virus, urges people not to touch stranded animals

August 29, The Washington Post:Die-off of bottlenose dolphins, linked to virus, is worst in 25 years. Faculty at the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory helped to identify the virus that is causing what NOAA calls an "Unusual Mortality Event."
More stories: NOAA Fisheries: What's Causing the Bottlenose Dolphin Deaths Along the Mid-Atlantic?
Asbury Park Press: In search of a dolphin killer: Scientists in a remote farm lab rush to find exactly what has killed 200 of the sea mammals in New Jersey and the East Coast

August 29, press release: UGA startup company receives $1.95 million to provide better science teaching tools

August 21, press release: UGA professor Corrie Brown awarded International Veterinary Congress Prize.

August 19, press release: UGA's 'Vet School for a Day' set for September

August 14, press release: UGA welcomes 102 incoming veterinary students with white coat ceremony. Sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), this event officially recognized the incoming class by donning them in lab coats to be worn during their four years of veterinary education.

August 14, press release: UGA researchers use nanoparticles to fight cancer. Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing a new treatment technique that uses nanoparticles to reprogram immune cells so they are able to recognize and attack cancer. Donald A. Harn from our Department of Infectious Diseases is one of four UGA researchers working on the project.

August 12, press release: Nobel laureate Peter C. Doherty to speak at UGA. Doherty will discuss his two latest books on the University of Georgia campus Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. A book sale and signing will coincide with the event.

August 7, Augusta Chronicle: Georgia researchers study new flu virus. Article covers Dr. Mark Tompkins' research on the avian influenza H7N9 strain.

July 2013

July 25, MedicalXpress: Connections found between wetland cover, transmission rates of hemorrhagic disease. Article covers research on white-tailed deer from the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study.

July 25, Outdoor Life: University of Georgia Launches New Study on How Coyotes Effect Deer Behavior. Article about a new study launched by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study.

July 25, press release: Connections found between wetland cover, transmission rates of hemorrhagic disease. Ecologists at the University of Georgia have discovered complex and surprising relationships between land cover and rates of transmission, illness and death from hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer.

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This page was last updated on July 23, 2014.