2019 Merial Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Amy Stieler Stewart and Mariel Covo and Zoe Williams

Shown above are the 2019 Boehringer Ingelheim graduate and student research award winners, announced at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. The 2019 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Graduate Award was presented to Dr. Amy Stieler Stewart (pictured at center), a graduate student at North Carolina State University pursuing her PhD. The 2019 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Scholar Award was presented to Mariel Covo (right), from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, Zoë J. Williams (left), a combined DVM and PhD degree student at Michigan State University, received an honorable mention in recognition of her outstanding application for the 2019 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Scholar award (shown in photo on left).

2018 Merial Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Dr. Andrew Lewin and Kathryn C. Taggart

Dr. Andrew Lewin (shown at left) received the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Graduate Award for his work in infectious ocular disease and glaucoma in several animal species. Lewin, who is completing his residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine, has been inspired to focus on infectious ocular disease through his work as a shelter veterinarian before starting his residency. As part of his research, Lewin established a nationwide network of cat shelters to provide quantitative clinical scores and eye swabs for cats with ocular and respiratory infections to determine the epidemiology of these pathogens nationwide, which had never been done before. He also obtained viral isolates for genomic sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, making other downstream analyses possible with these samples and the data set.

Kathryn C. Taggart (shown at right), an undergraduate student at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Scholar Award for her study of dilated cardiomyopathy in Dobermann Pinschers, a common and devastating disorder that is poorly understood, and for which early recognition is difficult and response to treatment has not drastically changed over last few decades. Taggart has prepared a scientific manuscript of this work, which has been accepted for publication.

2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Dr. Anna Massie
 
Ann DiPastina
 

Dr. Anna Massie received the 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians (shown in photo at left), presented by Dr. Diane Larsen, Head of Pharmaceutical Development Projects, BI. At right, Ann DiPastina, a third-year veterinary student at Michigan State University, received the 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholar Research Award, presented by Dr. Monica Figueiredo, Director, External Innovation and Lead Finding, BI.

2016 Merial Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Dr. Victoria Baxter
 
Laura LoBuglio
 

Dr. Victoria Baxter received the 2016 Merial Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians (shown in photo at left), presented by Dr. Diane Larsen, Head of Pharmaceutical Development Projects, Merial. At right, Laura LoBuglio, a third-year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota, received the 2016 Merial Veterinary Scholar Research Award, presented by Dr. Monica Dias Figueiredo, Director, External Innovation and Lead Finding, Merial.

2015 Merial Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Geoffrey Zann

Dr. Monica Dias Figueiredo, Program Leader, R&D External Innovation at Merial (shown in photo at left), presented the 2015 Merial Veterinary Scholars award to Geoffrey Zann, a third-year student at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine

2014 Merial Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Nida Intarapanich
 
Dan Regan, DVM
 

Dr. Monica Dias Figueiredo, Program Leader, R&D External Innovation at Merial (shown in photo at left), presented the 2014 Merial Veterinary Scholars award to Nida Intarapanich, DVM candidate at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. At right, Dr. Diane Larsen, Director, Pharma R&D Projects at Merial, presented the 2014 Merial Veterinary Research award to Dan Regan, DVM, a PhD candidate at Colorado State University.

2013 Merial Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Famke Aeffner, DVM
 
Yuki Nakayama
 

Dr. Frank Milward, Head, North American Bio Development at Merial (shown in photo at left), presented the 2013 Merial Veterinary Research award to Famke Aeffner, DVM, who recently completed her PhD in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences at The Ohio State University. At right, Yuki Nakayama, a fourth-year DVM student at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University received the Merial Veterinary Scholar Award from Dr. Monica Dias Figueiredo, Program Leader, R&D External Innovation, Merial. The awards were presented on August 3 during the 2013 Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, hosted by Michigan State University.

2012 Merial Veterinary Research and Scholar Award Winners Named

Seung Woo Jung, DVM, MS, PhD
 
Lauren Habenicht
 

Dr. Diane Larsen, Director, Pharma R&D Projects at Merial (shown in photo at left), presented the 2012 Merial Veterinary Research award to Seung Woo Jung, DVM, MS, PhD, UC Davis. At right, Lauren Habenicht, DVM candidate at Colorado State University received the Merial Veterinary Scholar Award from Dr. Joseph Rosentel, Head, Pharma R&D Projects – Parasitics, Merial. The awards were presented on August 4 during the 2012 Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, hosted by Colorado State University.