Aida Vientos-Plotts, DVM, DACVIM, a postdoctoral fellow in the CVM’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, received the Joan O’Brien Research Award for her oral abstract entitled “Respiratory dysbiosis in cats with spontaneous asthma,” at the 37th annual Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society symposium in Caen, France, in September 2019.
Joan O’Brien was a 1963 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in 1964 stayed on the faculty at Pennsylvania until her retirement in 1989. The Joan A. O’Brien Research Award is named in recognition of O’Brien’s many accomplishments and contributions, both clinical and research, to veterinary respiratory medicine. It is given at the annual Symposium of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society for the best research abstract presentation made by a resident, professional or graduate student.