Archive for 2018

Maria Lay Mendoza awarded GAIN Fellowship Award

Maria Lay Mendoza is a CBS MS student in Dr. Brindley's lab. She was awarded one of the Graduate School's fellowships, called GAIN.

Two CVM faculty named AAAS fellows

Drs. Karen Burg, Pejman Rohani, and Xiaorong Lin among six UGA professors named AAAS Fellows

Another successful Science of Veterinary Symposium

The 11th Annual Science of Veterinary Medicine took place on October 11th with keynote speaker Amy Vincent, DVM, Phd, Lead Scientist at the USDA-Agriculture Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa.  Despite a hurricane delay, the day was an excellent showcase of the breadth of research being conducted at UGA CVM  with oral and poster presentations by trainees at all levels form undergrads and vet students to post docs and interns.

Warming oceans lead to more fur seal deaths from hookworm infection

Odum School of Ecology postdoctoral associate — and former CVM student — Mauricio Seguel and a team of researchers recently completed a study that shows that warming ocean temperatures impacts fur seal deaths from hookworm infection.

Dog overcomes cancer, wins national title in Belton

One of our patients, a 10-year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Kubin, was recently featured in the Temple Daily Telegram. Read his heartwarming story on his battle with cancer and how he recently won a national title as part of the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America’s national event.

Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study honored at AFWA meeting

The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study received AFWA’s prestigious Earnest Thompson Seton Award for leadership in scientific management. The award, given to the state, provincial, or federal agency which has best promoted public awareness of the need to support the science and practice of wildlife management, was accepted by SCWDS director John Fischer […]

Researchers seek vaccine for ‘traveler’s diarrhea’

A major cause of traveler’s diarrhea is bacteria called Enterotoxigenic E. coli, or ETEC. A joint effort between the University of Georgia and the University of Texas at Austin has discovered how ETEC works to cause disease. They are using this information in an effort to develop a preventive vaccine for travelers.

CVM faculty member elected to National Institutes of Health Council of Councils

Susan Sanchez, professor of infectious diseases, assistant director of the UGA Biomedical Health Science Institute and chair of One Health, was recently appointed to the National Institute of Health’s Council of Council. She will serve a five-year term, beginning October 1, 2018, with her first meeting in January. “Susan will […]

“Three Honors Students named 2018 Goldwater Scholars”

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia undergraduates Trisha Dalapati, Guy Eroh and Stephan George are among 211 students from across the nation to be recognized as Barry Goldwater Scholars, earning the highest undergraduate award of its type for the fields of the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

UGA study shows bacteria change their surface to increase antibiotic resistance

A recent study by a team of researchers at the University of Georgia provides insight into how and why bacteria become resistant to commonly used antibiotics over time.

Newly published study shows that temperature has effect on Zika transmission

New study by team of researchers from the University of Georgia, Harvard, Stanford and the University of Florida shows temperature is a big factor in Zika transmission.

UGA welcomes 114 incoming veterinary students in White Coat Ceremony

114 new veterinary students received their white coats in the CVM's annual ceremony.

AAVP Recognizes Dr. Ray Kaplan and Lab at Conference

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) awarded Ray Kaplan with the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitolgist Award. It is the highest award the AAVP awards and is internationally recognized.

Veteran’s service dog recovering after Middle Georgia wreck leaves him ‘almost paralyzed’

Check out this story WGXA did on one of our patients. We are so thankful to be a part of Dutch’s recovery story! He is an amazing dog.

CVM represented in the National Conservation Leadership Institute 2018 class

Mark Ruder, assistant research scientist at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study accepted to October 2018 NCLI cohort

College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes director of development

Kelley Gibson has joined the CVM as the senior director of development.

UGA CVM joins U.S.-China Joint DVM Scholarship Program

UGA CVM joins U.S.-China Joint DVM Scholarship Program

New findings link estrogen and T cell immune response to autoimmune inflammation

Women are more prone to the development of autoimmune diseases. The female hormone estrogen is likely to affect the immune system. A team of scientists from Turku Center for Biotechnology and University of Georgia reported new findings related to the involvement of estrogen hormone receptor in autoimmune diseases.

Harvill Group Awarded New Grant to Study Transmission

The grant funds new work seeking to identify exactly which genes transmission requires. Isolating genes of the virulence factor (transmission exopolysaccharide) will aid in determining functions. These complex sugars that bacteria secrete into a capsule around their cell body have unknown transmission-related properties. Dr. Harvill explains, “It takes a lot of energy for bacteria to secrete these large sugars, so they must be doing something important.”

UGA CVM accepted as member of Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has been accepted as a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA).

UGA and Emory awarded four-year $2.6M NIH grant to study cystic fibrosis

A collaboration between researchers at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Public Health and Emory University’s Cystic Fibrosis Center recently was awarded a four-year grant that will lead to a better understanding of lung inflammation in cystic fibrosis patients.

UGA-DLABS awarded full accreditation from the AAVLD

UGA-DLABS awarded full accreditation from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).

Students spur animal health innovation at hackathon

Hackathon winners develop innovative solutions for feeding pets, disease detection for backyard chickens and for supporting surgery and care of pets

Winston Luther

When you saved Winston’s life, you saved a member of our family. You saved a “brother” to my two children. You saved a piece of my heart. Winston fell sick very suddenly on December 13. Winston spent several nights at a specialty clinic in Tennessee as he underwent various testing […]

Annual Open House Scheduled for Friday

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine to host annual open house

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition

Congratulations to Naoko Uno in Dr. Ted Ross' lab on winning the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition!

UGA researchers exploring the adaptation of diarrheal-causing Campylobacter jejuni in recent study

Team of UGA researchers exploring the adaptation of diarrheal-causing Campylobacter jejuni in recent study

UGA research study explores resurgence of pertussis

A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Georgia has found that the resurgence of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, in the U.S. is a predictable consequence of incomplete coverage with a highly effective vaccine. This finding goes against pervasive theories on why we are seeing a steady increase in the disease even though the vaccine is given at an early age.

Dr. Wilkes’ lab research published in Journal of Veterinary Microbiology

Canine distemper virus (CDV) is an RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family Paramyxoviridae. CDV produces multi-systemic disease in dogs and other terrestrial carnivores. With the development of modified live vaccines in the 1950s and 1960 s, the disease, with a few exceptions, has been successfully controlled. However, recently the cases of CDV in vaccinated dogs have been increasing throughout the world, including the United States. There are many reasons that can lead to vaccine failure, including antigenic differences between the vaccine strains and the currently circulating wild-type strains. Currently, there are at least three genetically different CDV lineages circulating in the US. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated various wild-type CDV and vaccine isolates to determine if the genetic differences observed among various strains result in significant antigenic differences based on changes to the neutralizing epitopes. The results of a cross-neutralization assay revealed that there are antigenic differences among the tested CDV wild-type isolates as well as between the tested isolates and the vaccine strains currently used in the US. Therefore, these results suggest the need to develop an updated CDV vaccine.

Outstanding Laboratory Service Award for 2018 goes to Dr. Wilkes!

After a tough competition, Dr. Rebecca Wilkes takes home the 2018 Outstanding Laboratory Service Award. With at least two awards just this month and a publication in the Journal for Veterinary Medicine, only time will tell what else Dr. Wilkes will accomplish this semester.

CVM Tifton hosts 4-H Career Exploration Day

Thirty-six southwest district 4-H students recently spent a hands-on day at the CVM in Tifton.

Dr. Wilkes Selected for John M. Bowen Award of Excellence in Animal Biomedical Research

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Wilkes on receiving the 2018 John M. Bowen Award of Excellence in Animal/Biomedical Research.

CVI and Dr. Ted Ross to be featured on Discovery and Science Channel’s new show Invisible Killers

CVI and Dr. Ted Ross to be featured on Discovery and Science Channel’s new show Invisible Killers 

2018 Alumni Award Winners

2018 Alumni Award Winners Recognized

More than 200 alumni gathered in Athens in early March for the CVM’s 55th Annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend. The two-day event featured not only 15 hours of continuing education, but a celebration of the 50th class reunion of the class of 1968 and the announcement of the 2018 […]

Animal Health Hackathon coming to UGA


Broadly Protected

Every year, flu season comes around. And every year new vaccines are developed to combat it.

What you need to know about dog flu

ATHENS, Ga. – With most of the country still struggling with the worst flu season in years, some states are also dealing with outbreaks of canine influenza. California, Illinois, and Kentucky have all experienced sporadic cases of the dog flu.

Max Parker

I rescued Max in 2011 when he was barely six weeks old. He was so thin you could see every rib and he was infested with fleas. I couldn’t not keep him. Five years down the road, Max was diagnosed with lymphoma in his liver and spleen. To make matters […]

UGA Center of Vaccines and Immunology and Sanofi Pasteur extend research collaboration

UGA Center of Vaccines and Immunology and Sanofi Pasteur enter into the next phase of research collaboration.

CVI Welcomes New Director of Partnership Alliances and Business Development for Biomedical Sciences

The Center for Vaccines and Immunology welcomes Dr. Michelle A. Booden as their Director of Partnership Alliances and Business Development for Biomedical Sciences

Two DVM/MPH dual degree students selected to join the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service

John Rossow and Yaribel Torres-Mendoza will begin a two-year, on-the-job training and service fellowship in epidemiology following their graduation in May. Both students are enrolled in a dual degree program that will see them graduate with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in veterinary medicine. 

Bye Holli Farm

We feel very fortunate that we have been able to establish a relationship with the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Our daughter is a swine veterinarian, practicing in North Carolina, and she made the referral for us to UGA. We had a pinkeye outbreak in our herd of cattle and were […]

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