Emily Halsmer’s research on ophthalmologic parameters of the Quaker Parrot received an International Award

The Schubot Center is proud to announce that Ms. Emily Halsmer was awarded the Gerlach Award for her presentation Clinical ophthalmic parameters of the Quaker parrot (Myiopsitta monachus) during the 5th International Virtual Conference on Avian, Herpetological and Exotics Mammal medicine that was held at the end of March 2022.

Emily is a second-year veterinary student from the Lincoln Memorial University -LMU that came to the Schubot Center Aviary to perform her laboratory work last summer 2021 as part of the Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program. This research was performed under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Scott with Dr. Jill Heatley’s collaboration.

Dr. Erin Scott (left) and Emily Halsmer holding a Quaker parrot during one of the ophthalmological procedures done as part of the 2021 Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program in the Schubot Center Aviary.

At the conference, a variety of themes such as diagnosing imaging, dentistry, oncology, ophthalmology neurology, anesthesia, surgery, and infectious diseases topics were presented.  Emily’s work was selected as one of the eight abstracts submitted for the competition and competed with other avian medicine and surgery research done mainly by graduated students from around the globe.  She is the first U.S Citizen that has been awarded such a prestigious award that also comes with monetary recognition.

The whole Schubot Center community celebrates Emily’s accomplishments. Congratulations!