Westmoreland Paper Receives Top Award

Last week, at the awards banquet for the annual meeting of the American College of Zoological Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic, the top award for a manuscript published in the past year presenting work accomplished in a post-DVM training program (residency or graduate studies), was awarded to Dr. Lori  S. H. Westmoreland.  The award was for the paper “Altered acrylic acid concentrations in hard and soft corals exposed to deteriorating water conditions” which appeared in the Journal Facets.  The paper, written with co-authors Jennifer N. Niemuth, Hanna S. Gracz and Michael K. Stoskopf, characterized the metabolomic responses of corals to changes in water quality, and in particular the changes observed in a marker of coral distress, acrylic acid.


Residents Pass Boards

Every fall former EMC residents and graduate students venture forth to test themselves against arguably the most challenging specialty board examinations in veterinary medicine.   They have already succeeded in garnering the necessary experience with the very broad taxonomic demands of the discipline of zoological medicine and in generating the number and quality of publications required just to have the opportunity to sit the examination that if passed will allow them to take their place among the recognized experts in zoological medicine.   Armed with their clinical experience and background and a great deal of study, they tackle the two day examination.  First they must pass 5 separate exams on health management for different taxa, one for each major grouping (mammals, avian, aquatic, herptile, and free ranging wildlife) to be eligible for the final major series of tests related to their particular interests within zoological health.

This year we are excited to announce considerable success.  Dr. Brianne Phillips (Aquatics emphasis) and Dr. Kim Thompson (Wildlife emphasis) are newly minted diplomates in the American College of Zoological Medicine.

Dr. Brianne Phillips presents her sea urchin studies in CVM resident rounds

Dr. Phillips is the recently appointed veterinarian for the Virginia Living Museum.  She is excited and confident she can make a strong difference for the Museum’s collection.  Though her focus was aquatics, she was able to gain considerable breadth in her clinical experience from her time at the NC Zoo and in the Exotic Animal Medicine Service (EAMS) in addition to her time at CMAST in Morehead City.   Her recent publication list is impressive:

Brianne E. Phillips, Sarah A. Cannizzo, Matthew H. Godfrey, Brian A. Stacy, and Craig A. Harms, “Exertional Myopathy in a Juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Entangled in a Large Mesh Gillnet,” Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine, vol. 2015, Article ID 604320, 6 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/604320

Phillips, B. E., Christiansen, E. F., Stoskopf, M. K., Broadhurst, H., George, R. and Harms, C. A. (2016), Comparison of hematology, plasma biochemistry, and blood gas variables between 2 venipuncture sites in Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis americana). Vet Clin Pathol, 45: 627–633. doi:10.1111/vcp.12424

Brianne E. Phillips, Sarah A. Cannizzo, Matthew H. Godfrey, Brian A. Stacy, and Craig A. Harms, “Exertional Myopathy in a Juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Entangled in a Large Mesh Gillnet,” Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine, vol. 2015, Article ID 604320, 6 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/604320

Phillips, B.E., Sarah A. Cannizzo, Matthew H. Godfrey, Brian A. Stacy, and Craig A. Harms,  2015  Exertional Myopathy in a Juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Entangled in a Large Mesh Gillnet.  Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine, vol. 2015, Article ID 604320, 6 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/604320

Harms CA, Brianne E Phillips, Michael K Stoskopf, and Jean F. Beasley (2017) Evaluation of three anticoagulants used for short-term storage of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) whole blood. Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery DOI 10.5818/17-06-116.1


Dr. Thompson assists Dr. Stoskopf with a cold stun sea turtle at CMAST


Dr. Thompson is currently the veterinarian at Binder Park Zoo.  She is enjoying the challenge of moving the health program for that zoo forward.   Dr. Thompson is a well traveled resident, having followed her major mentor, Dr. Tara Harrison from Michigan State to Davis California and then here to NC State where she completed her residency.   Some of her recent publications include:


Thompson KAPatterson J, Fitzgerald SD, Needle D, Harrison.  TREATMENT OF RENAL CARCINOMA IN A BINTURONG (ARCTICTIS BINTURONG) WITH NEPHRECTOMY AND A TYROSINE KINASE INHIBITOR.J Zoo Wildl Med. 2016 Dec;47(4):1109-1113. doi: 10.1638/2015-0285.1.

Thompson KA, Lamberski N, Kass PH, Coons D, Chigerwe M.  Evaluation of a commercial bovine colostrum replacer for achieving passive transfer of immunity in springbok calves (Antidorcas marsupialis). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2013 Sep;44(3):541-8.


Also this year, Dr. Jennifer Niemuth (PhD candidate with Wildlife emphasis) was successful passing 4 of the 5 and Dr. Sarah Cannizzo recently finished resident (general zoo emphasis) passed 3 of the 5 of the exams referred to as Day 1.   They are both now very well positioned to complete the examinations the next time they are offered next November.  In the meantime,  Dr. Niemuth is putting the finishing touches on her Dissertation about the physiological basis of colds stun syndrome in sea turtles.   She has authored a number of important papers on here way to credentialling for the ACZM exam, including:

Niemuth, J.N. , Charles W. Sanders, Charles B. Mooney, , Colleen Olfenbuttel, , Christopher S. DePerno, and Michael K. Stoskopf, 2013  NEPHROLITHIASIS IN FREE-RANGING NORTH AMERICAN RIVER OTTER (LONTRA CANADENSIS) IN NORTH CAROLINA, USA  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(1):110-117. 2014 https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0135R2.1

Niemuth, J.N, and M. K. Stoskopf, 2017.  A novel extraction method for the preparation of heparinized chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) and horse (Equus caballus) whole blood for 1H-NMR metabolomics using Drabkin’s reagent.  Journal of Integrated OMICS 7(1):203|1-6.   DOI: 10.5584/jiomics.v7i1.203

Jennifer N. Niemuth, Joni V. Allgood, James R. Flowers, Ryan S. De Voe, and Brigid V. Troan, “Ventricular Habronemiasis in Aviary Passerines,” Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 719465, 6 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/719465

Niemuth, J. and M. Stoskopf 2014.  Hepatic metabolomic investigation of the North American black bear (Ursus americanus) using 1H-NMR spectroscopy. Wildl. Biol. Pract., 2014; 10(1); 14-23; doi : 10.2461/wbp.2014.10.3

Dr. Cannizzo is the newest member of the Health Management Team at the Fort Worth Zoo where she, along with her colleagues there, are responsible for the health care of a very extensive and diverse collections.  Her recent publications include:

Cannizzo, Sarah A. Lewbart, Gregory A. and Westermeyer, Hans D. 2017 Intraocular pressure in American Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) measured with rebound and applanation tonometry.  Veterinary Ophthalmology.  20:(6):526-532. doi 10.1111/vop.12463

Sarah A. Cannizzo, Jennifer N. Langan, Mark Warneke, and Matthew Allender 2016 EVALUATION OF IN-HOUSE URINE DIPSTICK, REFERENCE LABORATORY URINALYSIS, AND URINE PROTEIN: CREATININE RATIO FROM A COLONY OF CALLIMICOS (CALLIMICO GOELDII). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2016 47 (4), 977-983

Sarah A.Cannizzo, MarkusRick,Tara M.Harrison, Craig A.Harms 2017. Parathyroid Hormone, Ionized Calcium, and 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations in the Domestic Ferret (Mustela putorius furo).  Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. 26(4): 294-299   doi.org/10.1053/j.jepm.2017.07.004

Cannizzo SA, Roe SC, Harms CA, and Stoskopf MK. 2016. Effect of water temperature on the hydrolysis of two absorbable sutures used in fish surgery. FACETS 1: 44–54. https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2016-0006


Major Awards for Dr. Kennedy-Stoskopf

Dr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf surrounded by diplomates of the American College of Zoological Medicine linked to NCSUDr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf was honored for her life long major contributions to zoological health and to key organizations that support the development of the discipline recently.   At the Annual Meeting of the American College of Zoological Medicine in Dallas, Texas, Dr. K-S (as she is affectionately known by all of her students and residents), was suprised to receive the Murray Fowler Award on September 24, 2017.  The suprise was challenging to orchestrate but Drs. Harms and Stoskopf managed to get Dr. Kennedy-Stoskopf in place and unaware as the award was presented.

Dr. K-S receives the ACZM Murray Fowler Award from ACZM President Dr. Sharon DeemThe Murray Fowler award was created in honor of Dr. Murray Fowler, who was also postumously the first recipient.  It honors an ACZM Diplomate who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and contributions to the ACZM, while making significant lifetime contributions that have advanced the discipline of zoological medicine.  Dr. K-S is the 4th recepient of this most prestigeous award of the ACZM.  A formal presentation was made before over 600 colleagues from around the world Thursday, September 28th at the annual combined AAZV and ACZM banquet, where Dr. K-S was able to make a fitting acceptance speech.

NCSU alumni and faculty help Dr. K-S celebrate her receiving teh Emil Dolensek AwardThen, no doubt feeling a bit relieved, and perhaps relaxing a bit, Dr. Kennedy-Stoskopf was a bit slow to realize that the traditional description of the life and contributions of the individual being honored for the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians’ most coveted award, the Emil Dolensek Award, should have been very familiar.   The Dolensek Award is the longest standing award of the AAZV.   Made in honor of Dr. Emil Dolensek, an early pioneer in zoological medicine at the Bronx Zoo who was cut down in the prime of his career by cancer.  The award is an honor presented to a past or present member of the AAZV in appreciation for exceptional contributions to the conservation, care, and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife reflecting Emil Dolensek’s commitment to these purposes. This award recognizes individuals who have advanced the profession and served to link the related disciplines of zoo and wildlife medicine.  For the first time these two awards went to the same recipient and Dr. K-S was without a doubt completely surprised to receive this second very coveted award as the 23rd recipient.A surprised Dr. K-S accepts the Emil Dolensek Award

Other EMC faculty who have received the Emil Dolensek Award include Dr. Michael Stoskopf 2003, Dr. Michael Loomis 2008, Dr. Daniel Mulcahy 2014, and Dr. Terry Norton 2016.  Dr. Kennedy-Stoskopf is the first EMC faculty member to receive the Murray Fowler Award.





New Wild Carnivore Facility Video

One of the older male red wolves at the Wild Carnivore Facility strikes a majestic pose. Photo by Dr. Doug Maragucci.

The Wild Carnivore Facility has long been one of the very unique assets of the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University.  An unusual part of the famous Teaching Animal Unit, the facility provides similar opportunities for veterinary students interested in wildlife to those the rest of TAU provides related to agricultural animals.  Now there is a new video that shares some of the excitement and perspective of students who participate in the Wild Carnivore Team.  Here is a video, created by Duke Videographer Jim Rogalski, that is a great brief introduction to how important the Wild Carnivore Facility is to the development of future zoological health specialists.

The facility provides an important opportunity for young aspiring zoological health focused veterinarians to gain practical experience in many many aspects of management of wildlife applicable to their future careers with both captive and free-ranging wildlife.  Under the supervision of Dr. Kennedy-Stoskopf, students on the wild carnivore team coordinate and organize the daily routine management of the animals and facility and participate with faculty and residents in delivering routine physical examinations and diagnostic sample collection. The NCSU wolf pack is real! Currently Five red wolves (3.2) live at the Wild Carnivore Facility, educating the wild carnivore team students while contributing to the restoration of their own species.

Even the wolves enjoy the Wild Carnivore Facility. Photo by Dr. Doug Maragucci