Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, announced the winners of the 2019 Research Manuscript Awards at its July annual meeting. Established in 1978, these awards recognize outstanding scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and disease of animals. The winner in each category receives an engraved plaque and a $1,000 check.
The award in basic sciences went to Dr. Alyssa Sullivant (Mississippi State '07) at the Omega chapter of Phi Zeta at Mississippi State University. Her winning paper was "Identification of histamine receptors in the canine gastrointestinal tract" (Vet Immunol Immunopathol 2016;182:29-36). Dr. Sullivant is a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in internal medicine and oncology followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine, both at Mississippi State. Her primary research interests include gastroenterology and respiratory diseases.
The award in clinical sciences was awarded posthumously to Dr. Daniel K. Newhard (Florida '14) at the Epsilon chapter of Phi Zeta at Auburn University. His winning paper was "A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto) in dogs with cardiomegaly secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease" (J Vet Intern Med 2018;32:1555-1563). Dr. Newhard completed a small animal rotating internship at Louisiana State University, followed by a cardiology internship at Auburn. He recently had completed a cardiology residency at Auburn. His family and fiancée requested that his monetary award be donated to the Dr. Danny Newhard Scholarship.