UF pathology resident, former resident honored by foundation

Dr. Sarah Beatty with Drs. Harvey and Alleman

Dr. Sarah Beatty, center, with Dr. John Harvey, left, and Dr. Rick Alleman, right. (Photo by Dr. Bruce Williams)

A University of Florida clinical pathology resident and a former anatomic pathology resident and graduate student were honored recently by the C.L. Davis Foundation during the annual meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathology, held Nov. 16-20 in Montreal.

Dr. Sarah Beatty, a third-year clinical pathology resident at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, was honored with a C.L. Davis Student Scholarship Award for her scholastic achievement.

The award was presented during the annual meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathology, held Nov. 16-20 in Montreal. Representing the UF veterinary medical faculty in the presentation were Dr. Rick Alleman, a professor of clinical pathology, and Dr. John Harvey, executive associate dean.

The C.L. Davis foundation has presented the award since 1976 to postgraduate students or residents-in-training in veterinary pathology to recognize scholarship.

“Dr. Beatty has worked exceptionally hard over the past two and a half years and has developed outstanding skills in both the clinical arena and the research laboratory,” said Dr. Rick Alleman, a professor of clinical pathology at UF.

Alleman noted that Beatty’s resident research project, “The Prevalence of Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii and Rickettsia species in Amblyomma americanum Host Seeking Ticks in North Central Florida” won first-place honors in the resident category at this year’s annual Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day.

Dr. Francesco Orrigi at ACVP

Dr. Maja Suter, director of the Institute of Animal Pathology at the University of Bern, with Francesco Orrigi, center, and Dr. Claus Buergelt, a professor emeritus of pathology at UF. Buergelt presented Orrigi with the award. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Francesco Orrigi)

Also honored was Dr. Francesco Orrigi, a former UF veterinary college graduate student and anatomic pathology resident, who received the 2013 C.L. Davis Foundation Journal Award. That award is given in recognition of the article judged best in content, significance and illustration in the preceding year issue of Veterinary Pathology.

Presenting the award to Orrigi was Dr. Claus Buergelt, a professor emeritus of pathology at the UF CVM.

Orrigi’s paper was titled, “Emergence of Canine Distemper Virus Strains with Modified Molecular Signature and Enhanced Neuronal Tropism Leading to High Mortality in Wild Carnivores.”

Orrigi came to UF from Italy on a Fulbright scholarship and completed his Ph.D. in 2001 under the supervision of Dr. Elliott Jacobson, a professor emeritus of zoological medicine at the college. Following completion of his doctorate, Orrigi returned to Italy for a few years and then returned to UF to perform a residency in veterinary anatomic pathology, which he finished in 2009. After completing his UF residency, Orrigi took a job at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he currently works as a wildlife pathologist.

“Francesco did an exceptional job as a graduate student,” said Jacobson, his former mentor. “I expect he will continue to do great things throughout his career. He is a very dedicated scientist.”




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