Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Wyckoff honored by national organization for feral pig pseudorabies research

KINGSVILLE - September 15, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

A. Christy Wyckoff

A. Christy Wyckoff, a graduate wildlife sciences student from the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, received an honorable mention in the student presentation competition at a recent meeting of the Wildlife Disease Association.

She was competing for the Terry Amundson Student Presentation Award at the 55 th annual meeting held at University of Connecticut in Storrs. Her presentation was entitled Preliminary Evidence of Interactions Between Domestic Swine and Pseudorabies- and Brucellosis-Positive Feral Swine. As a runner-up, she received a cash prize and an award plaque.

Wyckoff is from Seattle. She received her undergraduate degree in ecology from Stanford University. Her graduate advisor is Dr. Scott Henke, professor and interim chair of animal and wildlife sciences and research scientist for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

The theme of this year’s conference was Advancing Global Health: Facing Disease Issues at the Wildlife, Human and Livestock Interface. Dr. Alan Fedynich, associate professor and research scientist for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, is the promotions chair for the Wildlife Disease Association.

The mission of the association is to acquire, disseminate and apply knowledge of the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation and interactions with human and domestic animals.

The Terry Amundson Student Presentation Award is presented to the student with the most outstanding oral presentation of his or her research findings.

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