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Veterinary Sciences receives 2021 undergraduate research grant: Lauryn Flores, a junior animal science major from El Paso, Texas, has been awarded a Davis College 2021 Undergraduate Research Grant. Flores' research will focus on the effect of eicosapentaenoic acid in bovine adipocyte metabolic function and inflammatory response. Her project supervisor is Clarissa Strieder-Barboza, an assistant professor with the Department of Veterinary Sciences.

Davis College bovine infectious disease expert to play key role in new collaboration: Vinicius Machado, an assistant professor the Department of Veterinary Sciences, is part of the new Texas Tech Zoonotic & Infectious Diseases Research Center. As a collaboration of experts from different disciplines across the Texas Tech University System, the center will help detect and diagnose emerging diseases that originate in animals but could infect humans, and determine the environmental factors that can lead to their transmission, threatening the stability of society, just as COVID-19 has done.

New USDA-NIFA grant aims to develop targeted antimicrobial use in cows: Vinicius Machado, an assistant professor in Texas Tech's Department of Veterinary Sciences, is hoping to improve the judicious use of antimicrobial drugs by predicting spontaneous cure and treatment failure of metritis in dairy cattle, one of the more common diseases for which the drugs are used. By identifying the novel predictors that indicate treatment outcomes, Machado hopes to develop selective treatment-management strategies that will keep antimicrobial drug use to a minimum in dairy cattle. His effort is being supported by a $464,338 grant over three years from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Cooperative State Research Education & Extension Service.