AKC Canine Health Foundation honors Breitschwerdt

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Dr. Breitschwerdt
Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation announced Aug. 8 that Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the 2017 Asa Mays DVM Award for Excellence in Canine Health Research.

"Dr. Breitschwerdt's leading-edge research in the field of infectious disease has advanced our knowledge of deadly pathogens that cross species barriers, contributing to both canine and human health," said Dr. Mary Smith, CHF board member and chair of the CHF Scientific Review Committee, in the announcement.

"As a clinician, research scientist and educator, he has impacted not only our current understanding, but has prepared many young scientists to continue this work into the future."

Dr. Breitschwerdt is an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He has contributed to research on bartonellosis in animals and humans and is an expert on vector-borne diseases. He isolated and identified a novel Bartonella species from a dog with worsening endocarditis. CHF has awarded Dr. Breitschwerdt five grants for research on bartonellosis and lymphoma.