BIVI Announces Equine Research Award Recipients

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) announces the recipients of the first annual Equine Research Awards. This year, BIVI awarded a total of $75,000 ($25,000 to each recipient) to fund three separate studies regarding equine rhinitis virus (ERV) for completion in 2012.

The BIVI Equine Research Awards are open to veterinarians, diagnosticians, and public and private researchers in the United States and Canada. The awards are designed to help advance the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of equine diseases and will focus on one specific disease area each year. For 2011, the equine disease of focus was ERV, and the winning research proposals address a wide variety of issues surrounding ERV diagnosis, symptomatology, and treatment.

Following are the 2011 research award recipients and their research proposals, which were recognized at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Conference in San Antonio, Texas:

  • Melissa Mazan, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Tufts University - Is Equine Rhinitis Virus Associated with Exacerbation of Inflammatory Airway Disease?
  • Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, the University of California, Davis - Prevalence of Nasal Shedding of Equine Rhinitis Virus in Healthy Horses and Horses with Respiratory Signs
  • Andres Diaz-Mendez, DVM, the University of Guelph - Response of Equine Airway Epithelium to Equine Rhinitis A Virus Infection and Surveillance

The proposals were reviewed and selected by an independent review board consisting of noted equine veterinary academicians and practitioners throughout the United States.

"We felt it was essential to ensure impartiality when selecting the winning proposals," said Bob Stenbom, DVM, associate director of equine professional services for BIVI. "Our research board was comprised of a mix of academicians and practitioners and made their evaluations and selections in a truly independent fashion."

The members of the 2011 independent review board included:

  • Tom Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, Professor of Medicine Chief, Section of Large Animal Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Rob Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Weatherford Equine Medical Center, Weatherford, Texas
  • N. Edward Robinson, B. Vet. Med., Ph.D, Matilda, R. Wilson Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Director, Equine Pulmonary Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. AVCIM, CHT, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, Ky.
  • Julie Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACIVM, Turner Wilson Equine Consulting, Stillwater, MN

"BIVI was very pleased with the proposals the board selected and their additional input on disease areas we should focus on in the future," added Stenbom. "We look forward to continuing the program in the years to come."

For more information regarding the Equine Research Awards please visit

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