Dr Elizabeth Boudreau, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Neurology at TexasA&M University, USA, is to receive the 2021 WSAVA Future Leader Award inrecognition of her contribution to research and her role as an educator.
Dr Boudreau’s research is primarily focused on the biology of canine braintumors and, more specifically, on how genetic and immunological featuresconnect with therapeutics. She has active canine clinical trials with MDAnderson Cancer Center collaborators, examining immunotherapies for glioma indogs with naturally occurring disease. The aim is to fast-pace effectivetherapeutics to canine and human patients, which are commercially andbiologically viable.
In addition to her research, Dr Boudreau has received awards for her teaching.She leads the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)neurology residency training program at Texas A&M University and has beeninvited by ACVIM to present on teaching methodologies.
The WSAVA Future Leader Award acknowledges the work of a veterinarian whograduated within the last ten years and who has contributed significantly tothe betterment of companion animals, the veterinary profession and society atlarge. The Award is generously supported by the Purina Institute, a DiamondPartner of the WSAVA.
Professor Jonathan Levine, Head of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&MUniversity, USA, who nominated Dr Boudreau said: “Dr Boudreau is one of themost promising early-stage clinician-scientists working to define canineglioma. She is also an outstanding clinician and educator. Heraccomplishments, considering her career stage, are stellar.”
Dr Natalia Wagemans, Head of the Purina Institute, added: “We are proud tosupport the recognition of the profession’s rising stars to ensure strongleadership in research and education tomorrow to help pets live better, longerlives.”
As the winner of the 2021 WSAVA Institute Future Leader Award, Dr Boudreauwill receive an engraved plaque and a WSAVA certificate. Commenting, she said:“I am grateful that perfection will always elude me, because it gives me thegift of persistent motivation.”
Candidates for the WSAVA Future Leader Award can come from any country andmust meet a range of criteria, including:
- Have graduated within the past 10 years
- Be active in continuing education
- Have a strong record in community service
The WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 113member associations and works to enhance standards of clinical care forcompanion animals.
Its core activities include the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in keyareas of veterinary practice, including pain management, nutrition andvaccination, together with lobbying on important issues affecting companionanimal care worldwide. WSAVA World Congress brings together globally respectedexperts to offer cutting edge thinking on all aspects of companion animalveterinary care.
More information on the WSAVA Future Leader Award is available here:https://wsava.org/about/awards/wsava-future-leader-award/
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