NC State Veterinary Medicine News and Updates, August 2021

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Kier Way rarely saw Black veterinarians when he was growing up. Now the member of the class of 2022 is determined to make things better for future generations.
  • The class of 2025’s Alexis High is the first graduate of a program making the CVM more accessible for students at UNC-Pembroke.

Donors and Support


CVM Dean Paul Lunn with  AdamBirkenheuer during the Quattlebaum chair ceremony. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine.

  • By establishing the Andy Quattlebaum Distinguished Chair in Infectious Disease Research for Adam Birkenheuer, a family’s heartfelt gift creates a lasting impact.
  • With a $4.8 million gift, the CVM is leading the way to develop an effective antimicrobial treatment for animals and humans impacted by the Bartonella family of bacteria.

Faculty and Staff

  • After NC State Veterinary Hospital clinicians provide life-saving care, hundreds of donated stuffed animals collected by faculty, staff and students provide comfort.
  • Research led by Glenn Cruse unveils a potential new therapy targeting mast cell cancers.
  • Margaret Gruen discusses how post-quarantine scheduling may impact pets — and how to help ease them back into a routine they once knew so well.

In the Spotlight

You can now go behind the scenes at both the CVM and the NC State Veterinary Hospital — virtually. Explore now:

Students and Alumni

  • New research led by Ph.D. graduate Gregory Krane could have implications for future immunotherapy-based glioma treatments for both humans and dogs.
  • The class of 2022’s Paola Cruz Ramos featured as the future of the veterinary profession by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
  • The class of 2008’s Jb Minter, director of animal health at the North Carolina Zoo, discusses the zoo vaccinating some of its animals to prevent COVID-19.
  • The class of 2000’s Rosemary Sifford is named both chief veterinary officer of the United States and deputy administrator of USDA APHIS.