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The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 class of Clinician-Scientist Fellows. Five promising veterinary residents were selected by their colleges of veterinary medicine and will receive support from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) for their training and research efforts.
Established in 2013, the AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program seeks to encourage and support the next generation of canine health researchers in order to sustain future advancements in canine and human health.
“The Fellows are future leaders within the veterinary profession and they are working to make an impact on canine and human health,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer. “Support of clinician-scientist training is one way in which we can broadly support our donors. We must have a healthy and robust veterinary biomedical research community in order to have cutting-edge research; we can’t have one without the other. We are honored to be able to support these brilliant young scientists and foster their commitment to canine health.”
The 2014 AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellows are:
Abigail Bertalan, VMD of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bertalan’s research seeks to improve clinical signs and glycemic control in diabetic dogs.
Laura Bryan, DVM of Texas A&M University. Dr. Bryan’s research will study the leading cause of pyoderma, or bacterial skin infection, in dogs.
Eva Furrow, DVM of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Furrow will be investigating the most common type of urinary stones in dogs - calcium oxalate (CaOx).
Dan Regan, DVM of Colorado State University. Dr. Regan will be studying inflammatory monocytes, an immature myeloid cell important in innate immune responses.
Joanne Tuohy, DVM of North Carolina State University. Dr. Tuohy’s research aims to improve survival times in canine osteosarcoma.
Importantly, all research performed by these residents will be in line with the AKC Canine Health Foundation's mission and will be consistent with the foundation’s policies and guiding principles.
Visit www.akcchf.org/fellows to learn more about the 2014 Fellows and their canine health research projects.
To “Adopt a Researcher” by making a donation to support one of the 2014 Clinician-Scientist Fellows visit: http://support.caninehealthfoundation.org/fellows
In this podcast we are wrapping up our “Old Dogs Rule” educational series with a difficult, but important conversation about end of life care. We are very fortunate to feature Dr. Kathleen Cooney, founder of “Home to Heaven,” an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia services practice. She is also the owner of the first-ever pet euthanasia center in the United States. The center is located on her 35-acre farm in Loveland, Colorado and offers two comfort rooms for pet euthanasia. It is open year-round for families looking for an alternative to standard clinic or in-home euthanasia. Dr. Cooney graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2004. That same spring, her family had to say goodbye to their 15-year-old yellow lab, McKenzie. McKenzie passed peacefully under the aspen tree in their front yard. From this experience, Dr. Cooney learned just how important it was for pets to be at home for the end of their lives. In 2012, she completed writing the book “Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A practical guide.” Dr. Cooney served on the 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association's panel on euthanasia guidelines. She is currently the Vice President and conference coordinator for the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). She travels frequently to speak on her work and on the current advancements in end-of-life care.
This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, A KeyBank Trust.