2014 House Officer Awards

Every spring since 1979, the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital hosts the Gerald V. Ling House Officer Seminar Day. This day-long event features short presentations of research findings from each house officer (resident, fellow and intern) to fellow house officers, faculty, staff, students and guests.
Having the ability to do research is a major advantage of doing a residency at the VMTH. As the hospital with the largest and most diverse residency program in the country, the VMTH is able to offer research opportunities not available elsewhere. The VMTH trains upwards of 125 house officers in 34 specialty services every year, and nearly 50 of them present research studies at House Officer Seminar Day, covering a huge breadth of topics throughout veterinary medicine.

Photo: Andrew Burton

Andrew Burton with VMTH Director W. David Wilson

Dr. Andrew Burton

Gerald V. Ling Award for Outstanding Small Animal Research Study and Presentation

"Enumeration and Sizing of Erythrocyte Microparticles in Canine Packed Red Blood Cell Units"
The objective was to compare the ability of nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) and flow cytometry to enumerate and size erythrocyte microparticles (MPs) in canine packed red blood cell (pRBC) units, and to investigate the effect of storage time of pRBCs on MP formation.

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Kristopher Flores with VMTH Director W. David Wilson

Dr. Kristopher Flores

Outstanding Large Animal Research Study and Presentation

"Prevalence and Risk Factors Associated with Fecal Shedding of Select Pathogens of Zoonotic Concern in California Cow-Calf Herds"
The objective was to update scientific data regarding species and risk factors associated with enteric pathogens shed in the feces of commercial cow-calf herds in California as a means to accurately assess water- and foodborne zoonotic risk.

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Krista Keller with VMTH Director W. David Wilson

Dr. Krista Keller

Outstanding Avian, Exotics, Lab Animal or Poultry Research Study and Presentation

"Assessment of Platelet-Derived Growth Factor Using a Splinted Full Thickness Dermal Wound Model in Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps)"
The objectives were to translate the splinted full thickness dermal wound model, validated in mice, to the bearded dragon and to determine the effect of topical becaplermin, a platelet-derived growth factor, on the rate of wound closure.

Photo: Brian Leonard

Brian Leonard with VMTH Director W. David Wilson

Dr. Brian Leonard

Outstanding Small Animal Research Study and Presentation

"The Mucins of The Cornea: Towards Engineering the Ocular Surface to Treat KCS"
The objective was to determine the mucin expression of corneal epithelium from primates, dogs and rabbits to define the biochemical and interfacial properties of the ocular surface and lend insight to the development of novel therapeutics for treatment of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).

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Jamie Prutton with VMTH Director W. David Wilson

Dr. Jamie Prutton

Chris Smith Award for Outstanding Equine Research Study and Presentation

"Pre-Analytical Stability of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone in Blood From Horses with and Without Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction"
The objective: Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is a disease of aged horses that is most frequently diagnosed using endogenous adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) in blood alongside clinical signs.  The stability of equine ACTH in collected blood samples has not been fully elucidated.  The goal of this study was to address this and to demonstrate which, if any, of the following storage conditions would affect ACTH recovery: time, temperature or storage as whole blood vs. plasma.

Photo: Bing Yun Zhu

Bing Yun Zhu with VMTH Director W. David Wilson

Dr. Bing Yun Zhu

Outstanding Small Animal Research Study and Presentation

"The Role of Brush Cytology in Evaluation of Chronic Cough in Dogs"
The objective was to determine the role of central airway brush cytology in evaluation of dogs with chronic cough.