June 2016: Sarah Hooper, DVM, a resident in comparative medicine who is working with the college’s nutrition laboratory under the mentorship of Associate Professor Bob Backus, DVM, received an award for the best student presentation at the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Symposium in Denver for her presentation, “Effects of dietary selenium and moisture on the physical activity and thyroid axis of cats.” In addition to a cash prize, she will travel to the European Society for Veterinary Clinical Nutrition congress in Berlin, Germany, to share the presentation.
June 2016: A grant application submitted by CVM Nutrition Service faculty Lauren Young, DVM, and Bob Backus, DVM, won the 2016 American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) Research Award. The award means that the grant application for vitamin D studies will be fully funded. Young presented some of her research on that topic, “Oral vitamin D supplementation at 5 times the recommended allowance does not efficiently increase Vitamin D status in adult dogs.”
November 2015: Lauren Young, DVM, received a two-year postdoctoral training fellowship award to investigate potential for use of a vitamin D metabolite, calcidiol, in treatment of canine cancers. Young’s position is made possible through the Morris Animal Foundation/Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research Fellowship in Small Companion Animal Nutrition.
July 2015: Nestlé Purina PetCare provided a very generous gift to support a nutrition and rehabilitation service within the Veterinary Heath Center to improve patient care and increase educational opportunities to students. The novel combination of specialties is being led by Allison Wara, DVM.