Niemeyer Visiting Lecturer Focuses
on Equine Emergency Care
MU College of Veterinary Medicine students, faculty and interested guests packed the Veterinary Medicine Building auditorium to hear a lecture by Dr. Pamela Wilkins Oct. 16, 2009, at the college. Wilkins recently took over the reins of the equine section at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.
Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree, DVM, master’s degree and PhD in cardiovascular studies from Cornell University. She spent 11 years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where in 2002, she established the equine emergency and critical care academic section. She has earned board certification in internal medicine and emergency critical care. She was the first recipient of the Intervet/Schering-Plough International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Equine Educator Award.
Her research focuses in care of critically ill foals, lactate concentrations, and using bacterial blood cultures as indicators of cardiorespiratory disease severity and prognosis in horses. Her presentation at the MU CVM focused on the future of equine emergency and critical care.
Wilkins’ presentation was made possible through the Kenneth and Margaret Niemeyer Visiting Lecture Fund. The Niemeyers established the fund in 1986 to defray the expenses of speakers brought to the college to deliver scientific lectures. Kenneth Niemeyer is a 1955 graduate of the MU CVM and was a long-time faculty member who also served as associate dean of academic and student affairs. The Niemeyers remain active with the college and continue to help promote the college and the veterinary profession.
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