Two CVM Students Honored at Bovine Practitioners Conference

Two students from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine received high honors during the 50th annual American Association of Bovine Practitioners conference.

Danielle Mzyk, DVM/PhD Candidate.

Danielle Mzyk, enrolled in the CVM’s dual DVM/Ph.D. program, received the Amstutz Scholarship at the meeting, held Sept. 14-16 in Omaha. It is the highest student award presented by the AABP and includes with a $7,500 award.

Mzyk was selected from more than 50 applicants for the honor. The Amstutz Scholarship is given to students in the second year of veterinary school who “demonstrate the character, knowledge, experience, motivation, and potential to become outstanding bovine veterinarians in the United States and Canada, prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century,” according to the AABP. Myzk was also invited to give a talk on antimicrobial use in calves at the meeting.

Mzyk’s application was supported by letters of recommendation from faculty members Geof Smith, professor of ruminant medicine, and Derek Foster, assistant professor of ruminant health management.

Kristen Livengood, Class of 2019

“Her efforts to immerse herself in the dairy industry and veterinary profession have clearly paid off, giving her a practical understanding of the real-world implications of her research,” wrote Foster in his recommendation letter. “That research is now getting her recognized as an expert in drug use in dairy calves.”

Kristen Livengood, a third-year veterinary student, won first place in the student research presentation category for her talk, “Investigation of the antibiofilm and antibacterial-potentiating properties of 2-aminoimidazole compounds for mastitis-producing Staphylococcus aureus.”  She received a $1,500 award.

The 2018 AABP conference will be held in Phoenix. For more information on the AABP, go to