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ACZM Student Manuscript Award

2021 Manuscript Award Winners

Last updated March 2022

The American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) is soliciting nominations for its Student Manuscript Award. This award recognizes up to two outstanding papers published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature in calendar year 2021 that resulted from research conducted by a veterinarian engaged in a post-graduate training program (internship, residency, Master’s or PhD degree) under the tutelage of an ACZM diplomate. The award, in the form of a plaque and up to $1,000, will be announced and awarded at the ACZM’s annual meeting in September.

To nominate a recipient for this honor, an ACZM Diplomate who served as the nominee’s mentor should submit a copy of the published paper in .pdf format accompanied by a signed cover letter (also in .pdf format) detailing the paper’s merits and certifying that the work described in the publication was conducted and submitted while the nominee was engaged in a training program under the Diplomate’s mentorship. The nominee must be the first author on the paper, and the paper must report on original work conducted by the nominee during his/her training program; case reports are not eligible for this competition. There are no restrictions on the journal in which the nominee’s work was published other than that it must be a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

Nominated manuscripts will be reviewed by the ACZM Student Manuscript Award subcommittee, comprised of a chairperson and a minimum of two additional committee members, and the committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the ACZM Executive Committee for approval. Manuscripts will be judged according to the following criteria: overall scientific merit; writing quality; and contribution of the work to advancing the field of zoological medicine and the mission of the ACZM.

Nominations are due to the Award Subcommittee chairperson, Maya Kummrow, DVM, DACZM ( by July 1, 2022. Please feel free to contact Maya Kummrow if you have questions.


Previous Winners of the ACZM Student Manuscript Award

2020 Award
Molly Martony won for the paper titled “Clinicopathologic prognostic indicators of survival and pathological findings in cold-stressed Florida manatees” published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 132: 85-97.

2019 Award 
Eva Maria Greunz won for the paper titled “Elimination of intracardiac shunting provides stable gas anesthesia in tortoises” published in Scientific Reports, 8(1), p.17124.

Open access:

2018 Award
Lori SH Westmoreland for the manuscript "Altered acrylic acid concentrations in hard and soft corals exposed to deteriorating water conditions" published in Facets 2017 2: 531-544. 

2017 Award
Julie Sheldon for the manuscript “Comparison of total leukocyte quantification methods in free-living Galapagos tortoises (CHELONOIDIS SPP.)" published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2016 Mar;47(1): 196-205.

2016 Award
Jennifer Hausmann for the manuscript entitled “Experimental challenge study of FV2-like Ranavirus Infection in Previously FV3-like Ranavirus Infected Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) to Assess Infection and Survival" published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46(4): 732-746, 2015.
2015 Award
Michelle Verant for the manuscript entitled “White-nose syndrome initiates a cascade of physiologic disturbances in the hibernating bat host,” published in BMC Physiology 14:10, 2014.
2014 Award
Sally A. Nofs for the manuscript entitled "Prenatal passive transfer of maternal immunity in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)" published in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 153:308-311, 2013.
2013 Award
Natalie Hall for the manuscript entitled "Serum osmolality and effects of water deprivation in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)" published in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 24(4): 688-695, 2012.
2013 Honorable Mention
Marion Desmarchelier for the manuscript entitled "Evaluation of a fracture pain model in domestic pigeons (Columbia livia)" published in the Amercian Journal of Veterinary Research 73(3): 353-360, 2012.
2012 No Award
2011 Award
Peter A. Black for the manuscript entitled "Pharmacokinetics of tramadol hydrochloride and its metabolite o-desmethyltramadol in peafowl (Pavo cristatus)" published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(4): 671-676, 2010.

2010 Award

Sathya K. Chinnadurai for the manuscript entitled “Experimental Infection of Native North Carolina Salamanders with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis” published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45(3): 631-636, 2009.


2009 Award

Robert A. MacLean for the manuscript entitled “Propofol anesthesia in loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles” published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(1): 143-150, 2008.


2008 No Award


2007 Award

Dr. Christine Fiorello for the manuscript entitled “Demography, hunting ecology and pathogen exposure of domestic dogs in the Isoso of Bolivia” published in Conservation Biology 20(3): 762-771, 2006.


2006 Award

Dr. James Wellehan for the manuscript entitled "Varanid herpesvirus 1: a novel herpesvirus associated with proliferative stomatitis in green tree monitors (Varanus prasinus)" published in Veterinary Microbiology 105(2): 83-92, 2005.


2005 Award

Christine V. Fiorello for the manuscript entitled "Seroprevalnce of pathogens in domestic carnivores on the border of Madidi National Park, Bolivia," published in the journal Animal Conservation 7: 45-54, 2004.


2004 Award

Dr. Brad A. Lock for the manuscript entitled “Use of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detection of antibody responses in Argentine boa constrictors (Boa constrictor occidentalis)”, published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research 64 (4): 388-395, 2003.


2003 Award

Chris Dutton for the manuscript, “Hydromyelia in a Reeves’ Muntjac (Munteacus reevesi)” published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 33: 256-562, 2002.


2002 No Award


2001 Award

Tracy Clippinger for the manuscript "Morbidity and mortality associated with a new mycoplasma species from captive American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis)". Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 31(3):303-314, 2000.


2000 Award

Jean Pare' for the manuscript “Humoral response and protection from experimental challenge following vaccination of raccoon pups with a modified-live canine distemper virus vaccine” published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases 35(3): 430-439, 1999.


1999 Award

Keith Bensen for the manuscript “Characterization of the Renal Portal System of the Common Green Iguana by Digital Subtraction,” which appeared in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Vol. 30(2): 235-241, 1999.


1998 Award

Peter Holz for the manuscript "The anatomy and perfusion of the renal portal system in the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)." Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 28: 378-385, 1997.


1997 Award

Lee A. Young for the manuscript “Disposition of Enrofloxacin and its Metabolite Ciprofloxacin after Intramuscular Injection in Juvenile Burmese Pythons (Python molurus bivittatus)” appearing in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 28(1): 71-79, 1997.


1996 Award

Ramiro Isaza for the manuscript entitled “The Prevalence of Benzimidazole-Resistant Trichostrongyloid Nematodes in Antelope Collections in Florida” published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 26(2):260-264, 1995.


1995 Award

Lucy Spelman for the manuscript “Anesthesia of North American river otters with medetomidine-ketamine and reversal by atipamezole” in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine   25(2): 214-223, 1994.


1994 Award

Lucy Spelman for the manuscript “Field Anesthesia in the North American River Otter in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 24(1): 19-27, 1993.


1993 Award

Nadine Lamberski for the manuscript “Fluid Dynamics of Intraosseous Fluid Administration in Birds. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 23(1): 47-54, 1992.