2023 Outstanding Surgery Residents’ Awards

Ashley Iodence, DVM (left) and Valentine Verpaalen, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal) (right)

The ACVS established the Outstanding Surgery Residents’ Awards competition to encourage the development of clinically important research and the dissemination of the results of these investigations, particularly those conducted by surgery residents. Congratulations to each of the award recipients.

Awards were presented in the following categories:

  • Large Animal Residents’ Forum Presentation
    (Research and Clinical)
  • Small Animal Residents’ Forum Presentation
    (Research and Clinical)
  • Veterinary Surgery Publication
  • Poster Presentation

Presentations, publications, and posters must represent the original work of the resident. Studies may be prospective or retrospective clinical studies or controlled laboratory research.

One poster was selected from those presented. Nine oral presentations (five from the large animal and four from the small animal categories) were selected from those presented. Three manuscripts were selected from those published in Veterinary Surgery.

Large Animal Residents’ Forum Presentation: Research

First Place

Chantelle Carol Jukic, BVSc, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia. Ex-Vivo Mechanical Testing of a Custom Made 4 Hole Plate and a 3 Hole PIP Joint Plate for Distal Interphalangeal (DIP) Joint Arthrodesis.

Second Place (tie)

Hannah Erin Cooper, BVMS, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Extracellular Vesicles from Equine BM-MSC Increase Tenocyte Proliferation and Exert IL-1Ra-Mediated Immunomodulation in Tenocyte-Macrophage Co-Cultures with Acellular Tendon Matrix.

Brenna Rose Pugliese, DVM, MS, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY. Allogenic MSC-derived Extracellular Vesicles Containing Mitochondria Improve Chondrocyte Function.

Large Animal Residents’ Forum Presentation: Clinical

First Place

Charlotte Barton, BVetMed, MRCVS, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Fort Collins, CO. Fasting Horses Perioperatively Decreases Manure Production and Increases Time to Output Postoperatively.

Second Place

Katrijn Dow Whisenant, DVM, University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, KY.  Prognosis for Survival to Discharge and Racing Performance in Thoroughbred Foals Treated for Single Joint Septic Arthritis (2009-2016).

Kristin Coleman, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal) (left) and William C. Chung, VMD (right)

Small Animal Residents’ Forum Presentation: Research

First Place

William C. Chung, VMD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Mechanical Comparison of Straight and Pre-Bent Interlocking Nails Used for the Stabilization of Tibial Fracture.

Ashley Ellyn Iodence, DVM, University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA. Evaluation of Iatrogenic Articular Cartilage Injury Associated with Arthroscopic Exploration of the Canine Elbow.

Small Animal Residents’ Forum Presentation: Clinical

First Place

Teagan Leah DeForge, DVM, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI. Evaluation of Environmental Factors Contributing to Risk of Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Labrador Retrievers.

Second Place

Snighdha Paul, DVM, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN. Comparison of Bupivacaine Liposome Injectable Solution and Fentanyl for Provision of Postoperative Analgesia in Dogs Undergoing Limb Amputation.

Veterinary Surgery Publication

First Place

Jenny Y. Kwok, MS, VMD, DACVS (Small Animal), Kirk L Wendelburg, DVM, DACVS. Clinical Outcomes of Canine Total Hip Replacements Utilizing a BFX© Lateral Bolt Femoral Stem: 195 Consecutive Joint Replacements (2013-2019). Veterinary Surgery Volume 52/Issue 1: 51-61 (Clinical)

Second Place

Natasha E. Lean, DVM, BSc, DVClinSci, DACVS (Large Animal), Albert Sole-Guitart, DVM, DACVS, Benjamin J. Ahern BVSc, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR. Laryngeal Tie-Forward in Standing Sedated Horses. Veterinary Surgery Volume 52/Issue 2: 229-237 (Clinical)

Third Place

Rebecca Coco Bishop, DVM, MS, Santiago D. Gutierrez-Nibeyro, DVM, MS, DACVS (Large Animal), DACVSMR-EQ, Matthew C. Stewart, BVSc, MVet, PhD, DACVSMR-EQ, Annette M. McCoy, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS (Large Animal). Performance of Predictive Models of Survival in Horses Undergoing Emergency Exploratory Laparotomy for Colic. Veterinary Surgery Volume 51/Issue 6: 891-902 (Clinical)

Scientific Poster Presentation

First Place

Frederik Volz, DVM, Clinic for Small Animal Surgery and Reproduction at Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMC), Munich, Germany. Correlations of Stifle ROM in Dogs with CCLD.