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YARDLEY, Pa., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vetstreet.com and the Animal Medical Center in New York City today are pleased to announce that Dr. Ann Hohenhaus has won a prestigious 2014 DeBakey Journalism Award in the Online category for her article "Dogs Go To Bat Against Lou Gehrig's Disease." The award will be presented tonight at an awards dinner ceremony in Washington, DC, hosted by the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR).
Dr. Hohenhaus, an ACVIM board certified veterinary oncology and small animal internal medicine specialist, is a member of the Vetstreet.com Veterinary Advisory Board and is a frequent contributor to the site. She is also on staff at the Animal Medical Center where she specializes in treating cancer patients.
Dr. Hohenhaus's awarding winning article is a fascinating comparative medicine look at amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in humans and canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs. The article was inspired by Dr. Hohenhaus's attendance at the November 2013 Zoobiquity Conference in New York City, an event that seeks to highlight connections between human and animal health. In the article, Dr. Hohenhaus recounts the work of Missouri University veterinary neurologist Dr. Joan Coates and how it has positioned dogs and canine research models to be key players in understanding more about both ALS and DM. Dr. Coates' multi-institutional research is backed by funding from the National Institutes of Health and the ALS Association.
"Veterinarians play a crucial and ever-expanding role in demonstrating the interdependence of species; medically, environmentally, and emotionally. That the DeBakey Award has been given to a veterinary journalist highlighting the important work of a fellow veterinary practitioner and researcher is a tribute to the profession," said Dr. Beth Thompson, Medical Director and Publisher of Vetstreet.com and Healthy Pet magazine. "Vetstreet.com is honored to have such a distinguished contributor and advisor on our team and we congratulate Dr. Hohenhaus on her award," Dr. Thompson added.
"The Animal Medical Center congratulates Dr. Ann Hohehaus on winning the notable 2014 DeBakey Journalism Award in the Online category for her very compelling article entitled: "Dogs Go To Bat Against Lou Gehrig's Disease." This article, which showcases the important collaborative efforts between veterinarians and physicians, will help broaden awareness for and the importance of a species-spanning approach to medicine," said Kathryn Coyne, CEO of The Animal Medical Center.
About Dr. Ann Hohenhaus
Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM, received her board certification in both oncology and small animal internal medicine from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is also a Certified Veterinary Journalist by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists.
Vetstreet.com is dedicated to connecting pet owners with the most trusted and authoritative pet health information available. The site also features a directory of veterinary practices. Vetstreet.com is a division of VCA Antech, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF), publisher of HealthyPet magazine. Learn more at www.vetstreet.com.
About the Animal Medical Center
The Animal Medical Center, located on the Upper East Side in New York City, is a non-profit veterinary center that has been a national leader in animal care since 1910. As an academic veterinary hospital, the AMC promotes the health and well-being of companion animals through advanced treatment, research and education. The AMC staff is comprised of over 90 veterinarians who utilize an interdisciplinary team approach combining expertise across 25 specialty areas and services to care for your pet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information about the AMC, please visit www.amcny.org
About the DeBakey Awards
Named in honor of the FBR's late chairman Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the awards recognize outstanding journalism that highlights the role of biomedical research. The FBR established the awards in 2002 to strengthen the bridge between the scientific community and the media.
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