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November 2014

November 20, press release: UGA’s Radlinsky to co-lead study abroad trip to South African cheetah reserve. Small animal soft tissue surgeon Dr. MaryAnn Radlinsky is co-leading a study abroad trip to give undergraduate students the chance to work with wild animals on a cheetah reserve in South Africa.

November 20, The Red & Black: UGA receives $100,000 grant to study norovirus treatments. The grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund Ralph Tripp's work on developing a cell line that will provide the basis for growing the virus — the first step toward creating antivirals, therapeutics and vaccines.

November 4, press release: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine receives Gates Foundation grant to study norovirus

November 19, Food Safety News: The Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics. Article quotes Dr. Charles Hofacre of the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC).

October 2014

October 31, press release: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine student organization to host annual auction.

October 28, The Poultry Site: Merial Supports Infectious Disease PhD Program. Merial funds three postdoctoral students who are completing their research at the College.
October 27, Beef Magazine: Merial Awards Three Postdoctoral Scholarships Of $40,000 Each

October 21, press release: Atlanta Magazine’s Groundbreakers class includes company founded by UGA professors. IS3D, LLC, a company founded by University of Georgia professors in the CVM to create interactive learning tools, was named to Atlanta Magazine's Groundbreakers Class of 2014. IS3D was one of 11 finalists from a field of 100-plus entries to be recognized.

September 2014

September 14, Athens Banner-Herald: University of Georgia, Orianne Society form partnership for research, conservation. The College and SCWDS are mentioned as working with the Warnell School of Forestry and Orianne Society.

September 6, USPOULTRY: Video: Antibiotic Use in the Poultry Industry. Video features Dr. Charles Hofacre, who discusses the use of antibiotics in poultry production.
More: New Resources on Current, Future Antibiotic Use in Poultry Industry
National Chicken Council press release about video

September 4, press release: UGA researchers to use $1.1 million NIH grant to study drug therapies for elephantiasis. The three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers to determine how two commonly administered drug combinations work to remove larvae from the bloodstream of people infected with lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis.

September 3, Bovine Veterinarian: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine accepts 114 new students

September 1, The Red & Black: New students accepted into UGA pharmacy, veterinary medicine schools

August 2014

August 26, press release: UGA welcomes 114 incoming veterinary students.

August 26, VIN News Service: Tuition hikes flatten as high cost of veterinary school gains attention. Dean Sheila W. Allen quoted in article about how veterinary colleges are working to hold steady or lower the financial burden on their students.

August 20, The Red & Black: Undergraduate research opportunities plentiful at UGA. The College is mentioned as one place where undergrads can take advantage of research opportunities; our Department of Infectious Diseases offers a variable credit course where students can learn how to conduct science experiments.

August 14, Athens Banner-Herald: An animal lover and a UGA vet school trailblazer. After passing away at age 83 on July 20, Dr. Maxwell was remembered as a passionate veterinarian and one of the few female DVM graduates of her time.

August 9, Athens Banner-Herald: Vet into motion: UGA Veterinary teaching hospital set for March opening. The new teaching hospital and education building project is well underway; the article says it "doesn't look so much like a building but the beginnings of a small town rising up out of the ground."

August 5, press release: UGA's 'Vet School for a Day' set for Sept. 24. Registration opens Aug. 6 for this one-day program that brings high school students from all over Georgia and South Carolina to the veterinary college to learn more about our DVM program and the career opportunities available to veterinarians.

August 4, press release: UGA receives $1.3 million NIH grant to develop science software for elementary students. This educational software helps elementary school students learn about how the body functions and how to make better dietary and exercise choices.

July 2014

July 29, MyFoxAtlanta: Is it safe to kiss your pet? Dr. Ira Roth, director of the Community Practice Clinic at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, says it's possible to transmit a variety of illness-causing bacteria when your dog or cat "kisses" or licks your face or mouth.

July 27, UGA Amazing Student: Annie Page-Karjian, a 2011 DVM graduate, is working on a PhD in veterinary pathology. Read more about why she is an Amazing Student!

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 Shoals roads.

July 15, 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.
The Red & Black newspaper: UGA Alumni Association announces 40 Under 40 Class of 2014

July 3, Wearable Technology Monitors Man's Best Friend's Health. Article quotes small animal orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Budsberg , who says that pet wellness technology can provide owners some insight about their pet's health, but not necessarily the full picture.

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

July 1, 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 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.
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 24, UGA press release: UGA offers yearlong certificate program in comparative medical illustration.

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
June 18, Veterinary surgeons use feline adult stem cells in kidney transplant
Global Bioethics Initiative: Veterinary Surgeons use Feline Adult Stem Cells in Kidney Transplant

June 16, UGA press release: UGA researchers discover new method to reduce disease-causing inflammation. Principal investigator Wendy Watford, assistant professor of infectious diseases in UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine, says her lab "is searching for ways to disrupt the fundamental cellular processes that cause inflammation and disease."

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 16, Diagnostic Lab Updates: UGA Veterinary Diagnostic labs conduct testing for FDA’s pet food surveillance program.

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.
June 9, The Red & Black newspaper: UGA researchers find virtual pets help increase physical activity, reduce obesity
May 16, Virtual Dog Helps Children Lose Excess Weight: Study
Jersey Tribune via EurekAlert! Medicine

May 8, 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, 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 3, WebMD: How to Handle Fleas and Ticks. Dr. Ira Roth, our Community Practice Clinic director, shares tips on combating fleas and ticks this summer.

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 17, UGA press release: UGA researchers find new method to combat common childhood illness: RSV. Biao He, a professor of infectious diseases in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, is working on the first vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause serious lung infections, such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

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, 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, 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

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, 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

January 1, Athens Banner-Herald: UGA CVM, Athens Humane Society partner on spay/neuter surgeries.

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