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DENVER/October 30, 2020 – Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) Postgraduate Manuscript Competition, which the Foundation has sponsored since 1991. The winners were announced at the 52nd AAZV Annual Conference, which was held virtually in late September.

Each year at the AAZV Annual Conference, two individuals are awarded first and second place in the competition for their presentation of veterinary disciplines that impact the management of zoo animals and wildlife health.

This year’s winners were:

  • 1st Place: Kari Musgrave, DVM, Saint Louis Zoo
    • Population pharmacokinetics of Ceftazidime after a single subcutaneous injection and normal oral and cloacal bacterial flora survey in eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiesis alleganiesis)
  • 2nd Place: Matt Marinkovich, DVM, San Diego Zoo Global
    • Yersinia pseudotuberculosis epizootic in non-domestic ruminants at a zoological institution: Clinical presentations, diagnosis, postmortem findings and treatment success

The competition was open to graduate veterinarians who were currently enrolled in, or recently completed, postgraduate training in a clinical internship, fellowship or residency program. Presentation subjects could include any of the traditional veterinary or related science disciplines that impact the management of non-domestic species. First and second place winners were awarded $900 and $600, respectively.

Morris Animal Foundation is an international organization that funds animal health research globally. Scientists from around the world are welcome and encouraged to apply for grants. The Foundation currently is supporting 150 studies encompassing a broad spectrum of species and diseases.

The AAZV is the professional association for individuals and institutions who apply the principles of comparative veterinary medicine to zoo and wildlife species. With over 1,000 members, they work in clinical zoo medical practices, diagnostic laboratories, reproductive and pathological laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and a wide range of governmental health and wildlife management agencies throughout the world.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at