Thurber Wins National Honor Society Research Award

A koala from the San Diego Zoo
A koala from the San Diego Zoo.

Mary Thurber DVM’14, a clinical instructor of zoological medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, was named a recipient of the 2020 Society of Phi Zeta Research Manuscript Award. Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, annually recognizes two research awards in the Basic Science category and the Clinical Science category.

Mary Thurber
Thurber DVM’14

Thurber’s award for Clinical Science was a result of research conducted during her residency in zoological medicine at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine from 2015-2018. Her paper titled “Reference Intervals for Acute Phase Proteins for Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) at the San Diego Zoo” was published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

“I am honored to have received this prestigious award for research conducted during my residency in zoological medicine through UC Davis and San Diego Zoo Global,” said Thurber. “Our research study on acute phase proteins in koalas is just one example of the unique opportunities in clinical medicine and research fostered by this collaborative residency program.”

Thurber is a 2014 graduate of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. Following her residency at UC Davis, she served as a staff veterinarian at the Oakland Zoo. She has been a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin since July 2019.

The Society of Phi Zeta currently has 32 chapters nationwide. The society’s objectives are to recognize and promote scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals.

Source: UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine


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