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Annual Phi Zeta Day Draws Attention to PVM Researchers

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine played host to a variety of research presentations and a research poster competition April 14 as part of the 27th annual Phi Zeta Research Day, which was organized by the Omicron Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta.  The day began with two keynote presentations related to the day’s theme, “Therapeutic Drug Resistance – is it Real?” 

Dr. Timothy Geary, professor and director of the Institute of Parasitology at McGill University at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in Quebec, addressed the topic, “Ivermectin:  Understanding its pharmacology and the development of resistance;” and Dr. Scott Weese, professor in the Department of Pathobiology and chief of infection control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital in Guelph, Canada, gave a lecture entitled, “Antibacterial resistance in companion animals: a time for action.”  Students, faculty and staff packed the lecture hall in Lynn 1136 and the presentations were simulcast in another classroom.  The keynote speakers were followed by Dr. Joanne Messick, PVM associate professor of veterinary clinical pathology and Omicron Chapter president, who, as the 2013 recipient of the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, gave a lecture addressing the question, ”Have the hemoplasmas evolved towards a ‘benign’ coexistence with their hosts?”

During the lunch hour, veterinary students and PVM graduate students showed-off their research posters during the Phi Zeta poster competition in the hallways on the ground floor of Lynn Hall.  Then, Dr. Karen Young, professor of clinical pathology at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, gave the annual Lecture on Scientific Writing, sponsored by Dr. Martha Tacker.  Her talk was followed by several graduate student presentations, which led-up to the concluding awards ceremony, when research awards were presented and new inductees into Phi Zeta were recognized.  To view a complete list of award recipients, click here.

Omicron Chapter Vice President Susan Mendrysa, associate professor of basic medical sciences, recognizes Small Animal Internal Medicine Resident Timothy Hui for winning first place in the Clinical/Applied division of the poster competition.

Phi Zeta speakers (left-right) Drs. Timothy Geary, Joanne Messick, Karen Young and Scott Weese
PVM Report | Spring 2014 | Mosaic View