Deborah W. Knapp, BS, DVM, MS

Recipient: AVMF/AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine Research 2014

Dr. Deborah Knapp receiving the AVMF/AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine Research from Dr. Harry Dickerson, Chair of the AVMA Council on Research (photo courtesy of Sarah Blodgett Photography)

Dr. Deborah Knapp received the 2014 AVMF/American Kennel Club Achievement Award in Canine Research at the Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Ithaca, NY, in August 2014. Dr. Knapp, whose research has centered on invasive transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder, has led the Comparative Oncology Program at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine for over 20 years. During her presentation to the veterinary student research scholars, she identified several tips for those contemplating careers as veterinary scientists, including "find your passion and follow it" and "know the enemy inside and out", a process that she said should involve studying everything known about the problem not only in animals but people as well. She emphasized "focusing to the extent that you can", acknowledging that veterinarians need to know at least a little bit about a lot of things but asserting that in regards to research one should know everything about one thing (ie, the subject of their research).