Young Investigator Awards
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Congratulations to the following recipients of the abstract awards from the 2015 Annual Meeting! 

ACVP/AAVLD Diagnostic Pathology Travel Award

Concurrent Ocular T Cell Lymphoma with Lineage Infidelity and Histiocytic Sarcoma with B Cell Receptor IGH Gene Clonality in a Cat (Felis Catus)
Katie Barnes, M. Kiupel, J. Stiles, M. Operacz, and D. Sledge


ACVP Young Investigator Awards

Diagnostic Pathology

First Place
Histologic Characterization of the Canine Esophagus and Correlations with Primary and Secondary Esophageal Diseases
Megan McCarthy, P. Pesavento, and S. Marks

Second Place
Vaso Vasorum Arteriopathy in Hypertensive Cats
Rebecca Kohnken, P. Yaxley, and C. Premanandan

Third Place
CD10 PAX8 and Napsin-A as Immunohistochemical Markers of Canine Renal Cell Carcinoma
Tyler Peat, E. Edmondson, M.A. Miller, D.M. DuSold, and J.A. Ramos-Vara

Experimental Disease

First Place
IL-27 Acts on Epithelial and Inflammatory Cells in the Resolution of Murine Colitis
Caroline Andrews, M. McLean, M.L. Hanson and S.K. Durum

Second Place
NLRX1 Attenuates Tumorigenesis Through the Negative Regulation of AKT and NF-kB Signaling
Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott, T. LeRoith, C. Washington, N. Dervisis, R. Hontecillas-Magarzo, J. Bassaganya-Riera, and I. Allen

Third Place
Cross-Disciplinary Synergy: Combining Histopathology and Systems Biology to Characterize Experimental Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Infections in Derrets
David Gaspar, J. Tisoncik-Go, J. Kyle, A. Eisfeld, C. Selinger, M. Hatta, J. Morrison, E. Zink, Y. Kim, A. Schepmoes, S. Purvine, K. Weitz, R. Green, S. Tilton, B. Webb-Robertson, K. Waters, T. Metz, R. Smith, Y. Kawaoka, M. Suresh, L. Josset, and M. Katze

Natural Disease

First Place
Preferential Usage of a Single Immunoglobulin Heavy Chain Variable Gene in Boxers with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Emily Rout, R.C. Burnett, S.A. George, C.R. Abbott, J.A. Yoshimoto, and A.C. Avery

Second Place
Involvement of Interleukin 13 for Expression of Periostin in the Canine Atopic Skin
Takayuki Mineshige, J. Kamiie, S. Sugahara, and K. Shirota

Third Place
Autophagy in Canine Appendicular Osteosarcoma: Expression Patterns of Positive and Negative Regulators
Courtney Schott and G.A. Wood

STP and Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology

First Place
Potential Modes of Action for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)-Induced Hepatocellular Hypertrophy in Mice 
Erin Quist, V.A. Chappel, A.J. Filgo, Y, Wang, G.E. Kissling, and S.E. Fenton

Second Place
Preclinical Efficacy Testing of the Mitochondria-Targeted Antioxidant Mitoapocynin in the Transgenic Mitopark Mouse Model of Chronic Dopaminergic Neurodegeneration
Monica Langley, A. Ghosh, M. Ay, B. Bennett, H. Jin, V. Anantharam, B. Kalyanaraman, A. Kanthasamy, and A.G. Kanthasamy

Third Place
Endovascular Interventions in an Ovine Model of Tissue Engineered Vascular Graft Stenosis
Elizabeth Clark, V.K. Pepper, C.A. Best, E.A. Onwuka, T. Sugiura, S. Cheatham, T. Shinoka, D. Berman, C.K. Breuer, and J.P. Cheatham

Society of Toxicologic Pathology Resident and Student Poster Award

Pathogenesis of Forebrain Abnormalities in a Teratogen-Induced Model of Orofacial Clefting
Lydia Ansen-Wilson, J. Everson, G. Heyne, and R. Lipinski

Veterinary Student Poster Awards

Clinical Case Report/Series
Clinical and Pathological Classification of Canine Intraocular Lymphoma
Matthew Lanza, Ayla Musciano, Richard Dubielzig, and Amy Durham

Experimental Disease
Effect of Meniscal Coverage of Articular Cartilage on Severity of Surgically-Induced Osteoarthritis
Lindsey Harper, Richard Loesser, Meredith Greene, Cathy Carlson, Sharon Dekker, Aaron Rendahl, Anne Kincaid, and Donna Hertzke



Individuals enrolled in a residency or graduate program in veterinary pathology are able to submit abstracts for consideration in a maximum of two ACVP award categories. Award competition may be with an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both depending on the awards chosen. As long as the criteria of the pertinent award categories are met, individuals will be eligible to win both awards for which they apply. The awards include:

  • The ACVP Young Investigator Awards (poster) in areas of Diagnostic Pathology, Experimental Disease, Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology or Natural Disease
  • ASVCP Young Investigator Award (oral) in Clinical Pathology 
  • ACVP/AAVLD Travel Award (oral) in Diagnostic Pathology 
  • ACVP/ASIP Trainee Travel Award
  • The STP Resident and Student Poster Award (poster)
  • ACVP Veterinary Student Poster Award (poster)

Entries, as well as competition category, should be indicated on the abstract form. Please note that any award a competitor applies for may dictate the category the abstract is placed in (e.g., if a competitor requests to be entered in the ACVP/AAVLD Travel Award, the abstract will be placed in the Diagnostic Pathology category, or if competing for the STP Award the abstract will be placed in the Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology category). Thus, please ensure that your abstract is in the appropriate category and format for the awards that you would like to compete for.

Veterinary students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the ACVP Veterinary Student Poster award (deadline of August 28, 2015).

Call for Abstracts Submission Deadline: June 1, 2015
Online Submission Site Available: April 15, 2015


This ACVP awards program recognizes quality poster presentations by veterinary pathology residents and graduate students. (If you are a veterinary student, please apply for the ACVP Veterinary Student Poster Award – see below.)

Individuals eligible for this competition must be veterinarians currently enrolled in a residency or graduate program in veterinary pathology or that have completed such a program after June 30, 2014. The poster must present original work that the competitor completed during the period of residency or graduate training.

Award Categories

  • Diagnostic Pathology
  • Experimental Disease
  • Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology
  • Natural Disease

Each of these categories will offer up to three monetary awards:

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200

If fewer than three abstracts are submitted within a specific category, the YIA category will be combined with the most compatible group. If there are more than three submissions but less than five submissions, one award will be given in the category. If there are greater than 5 participants in a category, three awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) will be given.

The posters will be judged by College Diplomates representing each focused scientific group, during the Combined Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 17-21, 2015.

Award Announcements
Awards will be announced at the ACVP Awards and Recognition Event, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at the Annual Meeting. Recipients are asked to display their winning poster, if possible, on Wednesday morning from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in the Young Investigator Award poster session. 


The ASVCP YIA recognizes outstanding oral presentations given by residents or graduate students in the field of veterinary clinical pathology.

Candidates must have a degree in veterinary medicine and be enrolled in a residency or graduate program in veterinary clinical pathology or a related discipline. The oral presentation must be given by the candidate during the ASVCP Clinical Pathology Focused Scientific Session at the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting and must describe original work of the competitor that involves clinical, translational, or basic research relating to clinical pathology.

Award Categories 
Two awards will be given. One award will be given to the best oral presentation involving applied or translational research or case reviews that provide new knowledge in the field of veterinary clinical pathology. One award will be given to the best oral presentation involving basic research that provides new knowledge in the field of veterinary clinical pathology. The award category can be requested by the student, but final assignment of the category will be determined by the chair of the Clinical Pathology Focused Scientific Group and the immediate Past President of the ASVCP. The student will be notified of the final category assignment prior to the meeting.

Award selection will be based on scientific content, abstract composition, clarity of presentation, and the ability to answer questions. Each resident or graduate student may submit only one presentation for this competition. Candidates awarded YIA the preceding year will not be eligible for an award in the subsequent year. The winner of each category will receive a $500 check from the ASVCP.

Three judges from the ASVCP membership will be identified by the immediate Past President of ASVCP. Judges will deliberate after the second ASVCP Clinical Pathology Focused Scientific Session and provide the names of the winners in each category to the immediate Past President.

Award Announcements
Awards will be announced at the beginning of the Case Review Session at the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting by the immediate Past President or Executive Board designee. The immediate Past President or Executive Board designee will hand the check to the awardees and a photo session will follow. Winners will be notified that they should be present at this session to accept the award.

If you would like to be considered for this award, submit your abstract online at by June 1, 2015.


The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) encourage trainees in veterinary pathology to participate in the Annual Meetings of both organizations. The eighth annual ACVP/AAVLD Diagnostic Pathology Travel Award is available to graduate students and/or residents in veterinary pathology for travel to and participation in the Annual Meeting of the AAVLD.

  • The recipient will be awarded a $1,000 grant from the ACVP to help defray travel and lodging costs associated with attending the AAVLD Annual Meeting.
  • The recipient will be granted a waiver for the AAVLD meeting registration fee.

Candidates for the Diagnostic Pathology Travel Award must be veterinarians or other medical professionals currently enrolled in a full-time residency program and/or graduate program in veterinary pathology or a related discipline in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates who have completed a graduate and/or residency program in veterinary pathology within a year before the AAVLD meeting are eligible to compete.

Candidates should be aware of the requirement for the award recipient to attend and present their work at the AAVLD Annual Meeting in the calendar year following the ACVP meeting at which the award is given (2016 AAVLD Annual Meeting—October 20-26—Greensboro, NC).

Application and Selection Procedure
The presentation must represent original work of the applicant completed during his/her residency or graduate program.

Five or more oral presentations will be invited from abstracts submitted for the Diagnostic Pathology Focused Scientific Session at the ACVP Annual Meeting. This means that if you wish to compete in this category, it counts as one of your two abstract submissions, and you may or may not be selected as a finalist. Commonly, finalists for this award may be required to give both a poster and an oral presentation if competing for both the YIA poster award and the ACVP/AAVLD Diagnostic Pathology Travel Awards from the same abstract. The applicant should follow the guidelines for application for the ACVP Young Investigator Award in Diagnostic Pathology to be eligible for both awards. On the website, an applicant can choose either a poster (if also applying for YIA) or oral presentation and still be eligible for this award, but only the travel award finalists will be asked to do oral presentations.

The judging panel consisting of College Diplomates will select the best oral presentation by a trainee as well as a runner-up*. The presentation will be judged on originality and creativity, impact, organization, interpretation of findings and quality of the visual aids. The recipient will attend and present the same oral presentation at the next AAVLD Annual Meeting.

*If the selected candidate is unable to attend the next AAVLD Annual Meeting, then the runner-up will receive the award.

Award Announcement
The recipient of the award will be announced at the ACVP Awards and Recognition Event on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Trainees will be notified in mid-August if their abstract has been selected for oral presentation in the Diagnostic Pathology Focused Scientific Session at the ACVP Annual Meeting of the same year.


This award is designed to encourage ACVP trainees to showcase advances they have made in veterinary and translational science at the Experimental Biology (EB) Annual Meeting. As indicated on the EB website (, the meeting attracts scientists and researchers in the fields of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, nutrition, and pharmacology. One of the founding members of this consortium is the ASIP, a group with scientific interests that are closely aligned with those of ACVP members. ACVP members can make great contributions and forge productive collaborations with others at this meeting.

  • The ACVP will award $1,000 to a veterinary pathology trainee who has submitted an abstract to the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting, to support the trainee's participation in the succeeding EB Annual Meeting.
  • The cost of abstract submission to the EB will be covered by this award. The award will be distributed to the awardee after submission of receipts associated with EB meeting attendance.

The awardee will be selected on the basis of the quality of an abstract submitted to the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting by the June 1 deadline as well as other application information. Once chosen for the award, the awardee must update and submit their abstract for presentation at EB by the November 2015 EB deadline. 

  • The applicant should submit a copy of the abstract to the Combined Annual Meeting.
  • The applicant should also submit a letter indicating the applicant's interest in research and in attending the EB meeting.
  • A letter of recommendation from the research mentor, enclosed in a sealed envelope, must be included.

The ACVP/ASIP Meeting Travel Award is independent of other travel awards to the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting. Therefore, awardees do not have to select between this award and other ACVP travel awards. The winner of this award will be recognized at the Awards and Recognitions Program at the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting.

Applications will be judged by a sub-committee of the Intersociety Experimental Pathology Committee.
Return application documentation and/or direct questions by June 1, 2015 to:

Wendy Coe, Executive Director
American College of Veterinary Pathologists
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI, 53704
Tel: +1-608-443-2466, ext. 149
Fax: +1-608-443-2478


The Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual STP Student Poster Award to encourage residents and veterinary students to pursue careers in the field of Toxicologic Pathology. The awardee will be selected on the basis of the quality of an abstract submitted to the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting by the June 1 deadline.

The award recipient will receive free registration plus $1,000 to be used for lodging and travel to the 2016 STP Annual Meeting scheduled for June 26-30 in San Diego. The recipient should plan on presenting the poster at this meeting; an oral presentation may also be requested in some circumstances.

To be eligible to compete for this award, students must be currently enrolled in a veterinary medicine program, or have obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and be enrolled in a residency or graduate program in toxicologic pathology/general pathology/clinical pathology or a related discipline.

Award Announcement
The recipient of the award will be announced at the ACVP Awards and Recognition Event on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.


The ACVP is offering an award for undergraduate veterinary students still enrolled in a College of Veterinary Medicine – this requires submission of an abstract and if accepted, a quality poster presentation of pathology-related research or clinical (diagnostic) case material at the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting.
Entitled the “Veterinary Student Poster Award”, the criteria for submission for each student are as follows:

  • You must be the first author of the presentation
  • You should have performed the major portion of the work
  • Only one abstract/poster can be submitted for consideration
  • Individuals or groups eligible for this competition must be currently enrolled veterinary students. 

The poster must present original research work or a novel clinical case (or case series) completed by the competitor or group during the first author’s period of student training.
There will be two awards in 2015 – one for an experimental disease poster and one for a clinical case report/series poster.  The recipients of each receive a $250 monetary award, with an additional award of $250 going to their ACVP-recognized Student Chapter (if the recipient/s is/are a member of a Student Chapter).
The posters will be judged by Student Chapter Committee representatives during the Combined Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 17-21, 2015.
Award Announcement
Awards will be announced at the ACVP Awards and Recognition Event on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at the Annual Meeting. If there are any additional questions, please contact Jane Shepard at the ACVP Executive Office at (
Abstracts must be submitted online by August 28, 2015 with no exceptions.  Further instructions for electronic submission will be available on the website this summer. This will also be announced in our Facebook group (Student Chapters of the ACVP, which all veterinary students, residents and pathologists are welcome to join).


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