VMBS, VERO Make Impact At Animal Disease Research Conference

VMBS faculty members with three trainees holding their award certificates
Back row: Morley, Dr. Michael Criscitiello, Pinnell
Front row: Wenliang He, McClurg, Panaretos, Valeris-Chacin

Thirty-three student and faculty researchers from the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) made a splash with their research presentations at the 103rd Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD). 

The VMBS representatives presented research to an audience of more than 600 scientists from around the world at CRWAD 2023, which was held from January 22-24 in Chicago. 

Four of the VMBS academic departments, as well scientists from the Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) program in Canyon, were represented at the conference.

VMBS team members delivered 22 presentations at CRWAD, including 15 by VERO representatives and 16 by graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Four of these trainees also brought home prestigious awards for their research presentations. 

Molly McClurg, a VERO graduate student advised by Drs. Paul Morley and Keri Norman, received the First Place Oral Presentation Award from the American College of Veterinary Microbiology for her presentation, “Does antimicrobial-free beef production reduce transmission of resistant bacteria to human consumers?”

VERO faculty member describing his research poster
Dr. Matthew Scott discussing his research poster

VERO graduate student Christopher Panaretos, who is advised by Dr. Robert Valeris-Chacin, received the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine’s (AVEPM) First Place Poster Presentation Award for his poster “Design of an RNA bait set to enrich M. bovis genomic DNA in samples of the bovine respiratory tract.”

Colette Nickodem, a graduate student in Norman’s lab, received the AVEPM’s Second Place Oral Presentation Award for her presentation on “Natural and targeted bacteriophage treatments as a Salmonella pre-harvest mitigation technique in cattle feedlots,” which discussed research she conducted at the VERO facility in Canyon.

Finally, Dr. Lee Pinnell received the CRWAD’s Outstanding Presentation by a Post-Doctoral Fellow Award for his presentation, “Fusobacteria or Bacteroidetes? Microbial communities in bovine liver abscesses arise from throughout the gut.”

CRWAD 2023 also featured a keynote address on strategies for preventing Rhodococcal foal pneumonia by Dr. Noah Cohen, a Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of equine internal medicine, the Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair in the VMBS’ Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and associate department head for Research and Graduate Studies.


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Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of VMBS Communications, Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, jgauntt@cvm.tamu.edu, 979-862-4216

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