LMU-CVM Hosts Phi Zeta Research Day

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The Lincoln Memorial University – Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) announces the success of its recent Phi Zeta Research Day, held on March 4. This annual event serves as a platform for students to showcase their research endeavors, fostering an environment of academic excellence and innovation.


This year's Phi Zeta Research Day featured 32 research presentations and 35 participants. Underlining LMU-CVM's commitment to student engagement in research, the event exemplified the institution's dedication to nurturing the next generation of veterinary professionals.


"At LMU-CVM, student involvement in research is not just encouraged, but celebrated," said Dean Stacy Anderson, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA. "Our Phi Zeta Research Day provides students with a unique opportunity to present their findings, engage with peers and faculty, and contribute to the advancement of veterinary medicine."


The event, attended by faculty members from LMU-CVM, the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center (UK GERC), and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL), showcased research across various disciplines, highlighting the diverse interests and expertise of the participants.


In the Biomedical category, the following students were awarded for their outstanding contributions:


1st Place: Jill Epling and Alexandra Gregory, for their research on "Sirolimus (Rapamycin) as Treatment for Insulin Dysregulation in the Horse."

2nd Place: Samantha Gulli, for her study on "Isolation and Identification of Bacterial and Fungal Contaminants in a Veterinary Anatomy Laboratory."

3rd Place: Anecia Whitehead, for her comparative analysis of "Equine Semen Quality after Cooled Storage in the Absence vs Presence of Antibiotics and Vitamin D."


In the One Health / Education category, the following students were recognized for their exemplary work:


1st Place: Olivia Perez, for her validation of a "Bovine Caudal Epidural Model."

2nd Place: Katelyn Rossi, for her investigation into "Parasitism Associated with Dog Parks" through literature review.

3rd Place: Erin Larsen, for her innovative approach to addressing "Long-Term Problems in the Agricultural Workforce."

The success of Phi Zeta Research Day underscores LMU-CVM's dedication to fostering a culture of research excellence and academic achievement. Through initiatives like these, the college continues to empower students to make meaningful contributions to the field of veterinary medicine.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 6600 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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