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VMRCVM Fall Report: Student Communication

by Alicia Agnew, Class of 2013

Nine students from VMRCVM, including myself and the new class of 2014 MVMA representatives, attended the MVMA 2011 Summer Conference in Ocean City. We all had a great time!

This year we displayed scientific posters that demonstrated research by VMRCVM students. Elizabeth Hammer presented her poster on “Anthelmentic resistance in small ruminant gastrointestinal nematodes in the Mid-Atlantic states,” which compared the efficacy of different anthelmintics currently in use. Other poster topics offered by members of the class of 2013 included horse biomechanics by Shannon Brown; probiotic effects on antibodies in response to rotavirus vaccination by Nezzie Jones; and the effects of tap water on mouse embryology by Tara Martin. Nezzie, Shannon, and Tara prepared these posters to highlight their summer research projects: Shannon performed her work at the University of Michigan, while Tara and Nezzie did their research at VMRCVM.

This year, two representatives of the class of 2014 were selected to support the MVMA at the VMRCVM - Elizabeth Hammer and Kathy Hatzigiannakis.

Elizabeth Hammer is a second year vet student at Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine completing a mixed track focusing on food animal and equine medicine. Elizabeth grew up on her family’s farm in Centreville, MD and graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School. After graduation she attended Berry College in Rome Georgia, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Prior to entering vet school Elizabeth received her Master’s degree from Delaware State University where her thesis research focused on anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes of small ruminants in the Mid-Atlantic. Elizabeth hopes to work for a mixed animal clinic in Maryland or the surrounding area after completing veterinary school.

Kathy Hatzigiannakis is also a second year vet student. She hails from Baltimore, MD, and prior to vet school was a veterinary technician member of the MVMA for five years. She worked several years in small animal general practice, and is looking forward to returning to the profession as a veterinarian. Kathy is a member of the Veterinary Business Management Association and has a special interest in practice management. She is currently the treasurer for the class of 2014, managing all its financial needs. She shares her home with her husband, Tony, and their two dogs, Quimby and Veruca. The couple enjoy watching sci-fi TV shows, checking out the local farmers’ markets, and skiing in the winter time. The dogs do too!

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