Doubly proud to support promising authors—congratulations to the recipients of our 2024 Journal Awards

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It’s time for my favorite editorial of the year—announcement of our third annual Journal Awards for articles published in 2023 by veterinary students, interns, or residents. We were honored to have received more than 60 nominations, and the competition was intense! Nominated articles were reviewed by a panel from our Associate Editor Board and ranked on the basis of potential impact and clinical relevance.

We believe in supporting emerging authors and their mentoring teams, and when appraised of the nomination pool, AVMA CEO Dr. Janet Donlin agreed to double the number of awards for this talented group. So, for the first time, we awarded 2 authors in each of the student, intern, and resident categories for your AVMA journals, JAVMA and AJVR.

It is my sincere pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2024 JAVMA and AJVR Journal Awards. If you know a member of an authoring team, please take the time to reach out and congratulate them on their accomplishment.

JAVMA Students

Mary M. Snipes—University of Georgia

Acute kidney injury is common in dogs with septic peritonitis and is associated with increased mortality

Coauthors: Chad W. Schmiedt, Bianca N. Lourenço, Janet A. Grimes, Mandy L. Wallace, Brian J. Sutherland, and Benjamin M. Brainard 

Nominator: Chad W. Schmeidt

Yi Pan—University of Missouri

Addition of two full-thickness simple interrupted sutures to standard incisional gastropexy increases gastropexy biomechanical strength

Coauthors: F. A. Mann, Colette Wagner-Mann, and R. A. Winholtz

Nominator: F. A. Mann

Widmaier B. Francillon—The Ohio State University

Clinician prescribing practices for managing canine idiopathic acute diarrhea are not evidence based

Coauthors: Jenessa A. Winston, Megan E. Schreeg, M. Leanne Lilly, Valerie J. Parker, and Adam J. Rudinsky 

Nominator: Adam J. Rudinsky

Macy L. Peterson—University of Wisconsin-Madison

Subcutaneous hydromorphone hydrochloride provides antinociception with transient adverse effects in four-toed hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris)

Coauthors: Christoph Mans and Grayson A. Doss

Nominator: Grayson A. Doss

AJVR Students

Ashlyn C. Heniff—North Carolina State University

Anesthetic efficacy of dexmedetomidine-ketamine in eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) is enhanced with the addition of midazolam and when administered in the forelimb versus the hindlimb

Coauthors: Olivia A. Petritz, Rachel G. Carpenter, Gregory A. Lewbart, and Julie A. Balko

Nominator: Olivia A. Petritz

Catarina A. Bianchi—University of California-Davis

FGF4L2 retrogene copy number is associated with intervertebral disc calcification and vertebral geometry in Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Coauthors: Denis J. Marcellin-Little, Peter J. Dickinson, Tanya C. Garcia, Chai-Fei Li, Kevin Batcher, and Dannika L. Bannasch

Nominator: Denis J. Marcellin-Little

Lilli Heinen—Kansas State University

Evaluation of predictive models to determine final outcome for feedlot cattle based on information available at first treatment for bovine respiratory disease

Coauthors: Brad J. White, David E. Amrine, and Robert L. Larson

Nominator: Brad J. White

Jessica N. Forbes—Colorado State University

A vessel sealing device and an ultrasonic dissector are equally effective and safe for single port laparoscopic ovariectomy in dogs

Coauthor: Eric Monnet

Nominator: Eric Monnet

JAVMA Interns

Camille Andrews—University of Florida

Use of liposomal bupivacaine in dogs and cats undergoing gastrointestinal surgery is not associated with a higher rate of surgical site infections or multidrug-resistant infections

Coauthors: Rachel Williams and Marie Burneko

Nominator: Rachel Williams

Jared L. Crofts—University of Pennsylvania

Increased incidence and shift in the location of gunshot wound injuries in dogs and cats during the COVID-19 pandemic

Coauthors: Bridget Radtke, Nolan V. Chalifoux, and Erica L. Reineke

Nominator: Erica L. Reineke

Julia J. Sevy—Iowa State University

Abdominal computed tomography and exploratory laparotomy have high agreement in dogs with surgical disease

Coauthors: Robin White, Shannon M. Pyle, and Adrien Aertsens

Nominator: Julia J. Sevy

Rachel Naghi—University of Florida

Acellular fish skin may be used to facilitate wound healing following wide surgical tumor excision in dogs: a prospective case series

Coauthors: Elizabeth A. Maxwell, Alyssa J. Carrillo, Judith Bertran, and Carlos H. De Mello Souza

Nominator: Elizabeth A. Maxwell

AJVR Interns

Barbara K. Linnehan—National Marine Mammal Foundation and Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Normal pre- and post-prandial bile acids and protein C values vary by age in harbor seal pups (Phoca vitulina richardsi) undergoing rehabilitation

Coauthors: Jenelle E. Leedam, David A. S. Rosen, and Martin Haulena

Nominator: Martin Haulena

Caroline Billings—University of Missouri

Hyperthyroid cats have altered pulmonary arterial hemodynamics but rarely have intermediate or high probability of pulmonary hypertension

Coauthors: Carol Reinero, Isabelle Masseau, Jennifer Bryant, and Kelly Wiggen

Nominator: Kelly Wiggen

David J. Minich—Indianapolis Zoo

Pharmacokinetics of robenacoxib after a single intramuscular dose in smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis)

Coauthors: Melissa A. Fayette and Sherry Cox

Nominator: David J. Minich

JAVMA Residents

Josephine A. Dornbusch—The Ohio State University

A novel two-catheter method for urethral catheterization improves success rates of urethral catheterization in female dogs and cats weighing less than ten kilograms

Coauthors: Page E. Yaxley, Ashley C. Hechler, Julie K. Byron, and Laura E. Selmic

Nominator: Laura E. Selmic

Kyle L. Granger Jr—Colorado State University

Length of hospitalization, APPLE score, and number of intravenous catheters placed at admission are associated with increased odds of peripheral intravenous catheter complications in dogs

Coauthors: Liz-Valérie Guieu and Kristin M. Zersen

Nominator: Kristin M. Zersen

Leah P. Hixon—University of Georgia

Bupivacaine liposomal injectable suspension does not provide improved pain control in dogs undergoing abdominal surgery

Coauthors: Mandy L. Wallace, Kate Appleton-Walth, Samantha Shetler, Jacob S. Aiello, Emily Durocher, Candice Cook, Janet A. Grimes, Brian J. Sutherland, and Chad W. Schmiedt

Nominator: Mandy L. Wallace

Natalie A. Rosenstein—Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Ropinirole has similar efficacy to apomorphine for induction of emesis and removal of foreign and toxic gastric material in dogs

Coauthors: Justine A. Johnson and Kevin S. Kirchofer

Nominator: Natalie A. Rosenstein

AJVR Residents

Danielle L. Hollenbeck—Texas A&M University

Sedation with dexmedetomidine decreases skin perfusion in cats

Coauthors: Bradley T. Simon, Elizabeth M. Scallan, Kelley M. Thieman-Mankin, David R. Miller, Andrew K. Dunn, and Vanna M. Dickerson

Nominator: Vanna M. Dickerson

Rachel L. Pfeifle—Auburn University

Multidose misoprostol pharmacokinetics and its effect on the fecal microbiome in healthy, adult horses

Coauthors: Aaron C. Ericsson, Annette M. McCoy, Dawn M. Boothe, Anne A. Wooldridge, Erin S. Groover, Tamara Sierra-Rodriguez, and Kara M. Lascola

Nominator: Kara M. Lascola

Sarah M. Holm—Cornell University

Plasma concentrations of glucagon and glucagon-like peptide-1 are reduced in dogs with aminoaciduric canine hypoaminoacidemic hepatopathy syndrome versus healthy dogs: a preliminary study

Coauthors: Seth A. Peng, Marlena M. Holter, Bethany P. Cummings, and John P. Loftus

Nominator: John P. Loftus

Zachary C. Ready—University of Illinois

Transmucosal pentobarbital is a successful euthanasia method in pond slider turtles (Trachemys scripta)

Coauthor: Krista Keller

Nominator: Zachary C. Ready

Winners were announced at the AVMA convention in June, earning profession-wide recognition for the authors and their mentors. Recipients also received a Certificate of Achievement and a cash prize of $500.00. Additionally, we will interview the authors on our podcast, Veterinary Vertex (https://avmajournals.avma.org/page/Podcasts). Finally, we will waive the open access fee ($1,250.00 value) for their next manuscript published in JAVMA or AJVR!

This year, Associate Editor Dr. Sarah Wright also made a virtual collection (https://avmajournals.avma.org/page/2024-Journal-Awards-Collection) of the award-winning articles for all to read. I hope you feel the same pride in our profession that we at the AVMA do when you read these articles. If you would like to nominate a student, intern, or resident author for a 2025 award (for manuscripts published in 2024), simply visit our journal home page: https://avmajournals.avma.org/.

It is our privilege to have been trusted by these authoring teams with their work. We look forward to supporting the publishing journey of these emerging authors throughout their careers. Congratulations again to the 2024 Journal Award–winning teams.

Respectfully,

Lisa A. Fortier DVM, PhD, DACVS

Editor-in-Chief, JAVMA and AJVR

Chief Publications Officer, AVMA

lfortier@avma.org

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