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2010 Mid-year Education Committee Report




Karen Kearns

3663 7th Avenue #3

San Diego, CA  92103

(619) 260-3565



Julie Swenson

The Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 914-4367



Officers:  Noha Abou-Madi has completed her term as chair.  New chair is Karen Kearns, new co-chair is Julie Swenson.


Student/Internship/Residency Reception 2009: 

Felicia Knightly kindly coordinated the event again this year.  Many positive comments were received about the larger size of the room this year, lower noise level as a result, etc.


Question to the Executive Committee:  Is Disney’s Animal Kingdom the sole sponsor again this year for this event (2010)? 


Student and Post-Graduate Manuscript Competitions 2010:

Luis Padilla is turning over his responsibilities for the competition to Michael Adkesson this year.  He will be assisting Mike this year and then completely turning it over to him for the following year.  Karen and Julie will again coordinate happenings at the conference regarding the judging of the competitions, along with Mike if he is able to attend the conference this year.


This past year, some students were inadvertently scheduled to present their papers during the Friday sessions, which would have precluded the winners of the competitions receiving recognition at the Thursday banquet.  Thanks to Jan Ramer and the session chairs for enabling us to switch time slots such that all students could present by Thursday and the winners could be recognized at the banquet.


Winners for 2009:


Wildlife Pharmaceuticals Student Competition:


1st place:  Bridget Cummings, Tramadol Analgesic and Respiratory Effects in Red-eared Slider Turtles (Trachemys scripta)

2nd place:  Christy Rettenmund,  Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) Titers in African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Morris Animal Foundation Post-Graduate Competition:


1st place:  Peter Black, The Pharmacokinetics of Tramadol Hydrochloride and its Metabolite O-Desmethyltramadol in Peafowl (Pavo christatus)

2nd place:  Maren Connolly, Evaluating the Efficacy of Oral vs. Intramuscular Administration of Distemper Vaccine and Intramuscular Rabies Vaccine in Captive African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus)



North American Veterinary Conference 2010 AAZV session:

Hayley Murphy is in charge through 2010, with Pam Dennis now serving as co-chair.


Exotic Animal Medicine for Clinical Practitioners Conference

Diedre Fontenot has been in charge of this; Michelle Davis has volunteered to help her with it for 2010.


Educational Opportunities Website

Julie Swenson continues to be responsible for the maintenance of the educational opportunities website.


Some statistics for this year:

                  117 programs listed as externships, internships, or residencies

                                    81 externships

                                                      4 are associated with a university

                                                      5 are exclusively wildlife

                                                      8 are predominantly aquatic

                                                      4 are pathology externships


                                    12 are internships

                                                      3 are associated with a university

                                                      1 is exclusively wildlife

                                                      3 are predominantly aquatic


                                    24 are residencies

                                                      13 are associated with a university

                                                      1 is exclusively companion exotics

                                                      1 is at a primate research facility

                                                      4 are pathology residencies


Student Volunteers for AAZV Conference

Karen Kearns coordinated student volunteers for the 2009 Conference.  For 2009, the number of student volunteers was smaller and the number who had to change plans and not attend the conference after initially volunteering was much larger than in previous years.  However, we were able to cover all sessions with the exception of the last session on Friday with the volunteers obtained.


A sincere thanks to everyone who helped out and will be helping out again in 2010

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