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MAF Awards Three Veterinary Student Scholars Program Participants

On Saturday, February 20, 2010, Morris Animal Foundation awarded first, second and third place Ballard Awards to participants in the Veterinary Student Scholars program. Ballard Awards are funds set aside by Morris Animal Foundation to award the best veterinary student projects in the areas of wildlife, small companion animal and large companion animal health. The award ceremony took place during the Morris Animal Foundation Wildlife Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and was attended by Foundation trustees, staff, veterinary students and wildlife advisory board members.

Twenty-four students received Veterinary Student Scholar grants to perform wildlife research in 2009, 18 of whom were present in San Francisco to present their research. The Veterinary Student Scholars program offers stipend support for veterinary and non-veterinary graduate students in animal science who wish to perform research in the area of animal health. The winners are listed below:

1st Place ($5,000) – Viviana Gonzalez, University of La Salle (Colombia), “Frequency of Antibodies Against Leptospira Interrogans in Primates of Family Cebidae in Two Zoos of Colombia”

2nd Place ($2,500) – Janessa Gjeltema, North Carolina State University, “Assessment of PAH Contamination in Puerto Rican Crested Toad Breeding Pool Using SPMD Technology”


3rd Place ($1,500) – Janis Hooge, Massey University (New Zealand), “Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens in Grant’s Gazelles: Using Molecular Techniques to Gain Basic Health Knowledge About an Important Antelope”


Posted by MAFon February 26, 2010.

Categories: Animal health, Animal studies

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