by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04 Ph.D. | Photos by Henry Moore, Jr.
Congratulations to our WSVMA award winners! Left to right: Suzanne Kurtz received the Distinguished Achievement Award, Julie Cary received the WSU Faculty Member of the Year Award, and Rick DeBowes was presented with the 2014 Veterinarian of the Year Award at the WSVMA banquet and award ceremony in September.
Tim Baszler, director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, received the E. P. Pope Award at the annual conference of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians in October. The highest award given by the AAVLD, it is presented to those who have made noteworthy contributions to the association and the field of veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine.
Troy Bankhead, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study Lyme disease. Over the five year grant, Bankhead will conduct research to better understand how the disease, which is spread by the deer tick, is able to avoid being destroyed by the immune system. Results from the study may help provide useful knowledge to prevent and treat Lyme disease.