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WesternU physiologist plays major role in giant panda birth at Zoo Atlanta

Assistant Professor David KerseyZoo Atlanta announced that its 15-year-old giant panda Lun Lun gave birth to twins on Monday, July 15, 2013. The cubs are the first giant pandas to be born in the U.S. in 2013 and the first twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987. Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor of Physiology David Kersey, PhD, played a key role in the artificial insemination (AI) of Lun Lun. In February 2013, Kersey, a giant panda reproduction expert since 2001 who has been consulting with Zoo Atlanta, began receiving Lun Lun’s urine sample to track hormonal changes that would indicate fertility. In March, Kersey detected the hormonal changes he was looking for and traveled to Atlanta to provide on-site analysis and perform the AI procedure.

WVC Food Animal Incentive Award

The Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) is once again offering the WVC Food Animal Incentive Award to five recently graduated veterinarians who are pursuing a career in food animal-related programs. Award recipients will receive an expense paid trip to the 86th Annual Western Veterinary Conference (February 16-20 in Las Vegas, NV) and a stipend of $1,000. Click here for details and the application.

Faculty News

The College of Veterinary Medicine congratulates the following faculty members on their promotions, all with tenure:

Dr. Tracey McNamara was invited to chair a session at the 2nd Global Risk Forum One Health Summit 2013 Nov. 17-20, 2013 in Davos, Switzerland. She also recently received the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, for her significant contributions to veterinary pathology and for increasing awareness of the links between animal health and human health.

Dr. Beth Boynton and Dr. Suzie Kovacs recently had an abstract accepted for presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME), to be held in October in Newport, R.I. The presentation, “Comparison of Student Empathy Scores Across Four Graduate Health Professions,” is a result of ongoing collaborative research with Dr. Richard Sugerman from COMP and Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad from CAHP.  ABSAME was founded in 1975 as an interdisciplinary professional society dedicated to strengthening behavioral science teaching in medical schools, residency programs, and in continuing medical education. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Humanizing Health Care: Reducing Disparities through Interprofessional Teams.”

Dr. John Tegzes, Dr. Tina Meyer, PA ’92, MSHS ’06, and Dr. Sheree Aston spoke at Collaborating  Across Borders (CAB) IV in Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 13, 2013. Their presentation was titled “Healthcare Administration: Are They Part of the Team?”

A paper by Dr. Victoria Voith, “Comparison of Visual and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs and Inter-Observer Reliability,” is featured on HumaneSpot.org, the Humane Research Council. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members Drs. Suzana Tkalcic and Hrvoje Smodlaka, formerly of Croatia, who recently became U.S. citizens.

Student News

Incoming DVM student Sarah Mercer married Gregory Bowyer on Saturday, July 20 at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson, N.J. The couple met at and graduated from Penn State University. Before enrolling at CVM, Sarah worked as a patient care coordinator at Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital in Morton, Pa.

Read the latest updates from the students themselves in the latest Student Government Association Newsletter.

Events & Conferences

August 28: Alumni Summer Mixer. Celebrate summer and reminisce with fellow WesternU Alumni. Join us for an evening of complimentary appetizers, drinks and lively conversation as you meet up with former classmates at Buster’s Lounge at Dave and Busters, Ontario Mills Mall, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Susan Terrazas at sterrazas@westernu.edu or 909.706.3476 or Austin Braunwalder at abraunwalder@westernu.edu or 909.469.8495 by August 26.

October 24: WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture in the evening on campus. Details to follow.

November 9: WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Save the date!

See a full list of upcoming events on the Online Alumni Events page.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please contact the Alumni Office at (909) 469-ALUM or alumni@westernu.edu. 


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