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High School Students Honored by MAF

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) recently honored three Colorado high school students with awards in animal science at the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair, Inc., in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair, Inc., honors Colorado students who excel in science, engineering and technology and allows students to present their research to science professionals and peers from around Colorado.

MAF honored Kelsey Martin and Brandy Haller, from Woodlin School, in Woodrow, Colo., for their project, Give That Dog His Bone: OSA Pedigree Analysis in IWs & Inhibiting OSA via Statins and isphosphonates. This project focused on canine cancer, a topic relevant to MAF, because in 2006 the Foundation launched the Canine Cancer Campaign, www.CureCanineCancer.org, in the hopes of helping to prevent, treat and possibly cure cancer in dogs in the next 10 to 20 years.

Katlin Horning, from Sargent Jr./Sr. High School, in Monte Vista, Colo., was honored for her work with equine behavior. Haller’s project was The Effects of Equine Association of the Initial Beneficiary  benefactor. The project measured the effect of equine association in horses and their human handlers. Haller is on track to becoming a veterinarian and has already been accepted into Colorado State
University’s pre-veterinary program.

“Both projects were outstanding,” states Allen Byrne, MAF’s Veterinary Student Scholar program coordinator and award judge. “They were well thought out, well structured and yielded outstanding results in animal science. It is very exciting to see high school students taking on projects that aim to help animals.”

Each project was awarded $250. All three students will present their projects and be honored at MAF’s 2009 annual meeting in Denver in June.


Posted by MAFon December 10, 2009.

Categories: Animal health, Veterinary students

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