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From its beginning, it has been the aim of Phi Zeta to stand for constant advancement of the veterinary profession, higher educational requirements, and high scholarship. The objective of the society is to recognize and promote scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals.

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Manuscript Award

The annual Phi Zeta manuscript competition is designed to recognize and promote scholarship and research related to the welfare and diseases of animals. There are two categories: 

  • basic research
  • clinical research

The University of Tennessee Phi Chapter is entitled to submit one article in each category to compete for the national awards. 

2020 Phi Chapter Winners

Basic Research Category Winner: Dr. Jose Guevara (with Dr. Karen Tobias, Dr. Jennifer Stokes, Dr. Xiaojuan Zhu, and Rebecca Smith). “Effect of site of sample collection and prandial state on blood glucose concentrations measured with a portable blood glucose meter in healthy dogs.” Published in The American Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 2019. DOI: 10.2460/ajvr.80.11.995.

Clinical Research Category Winner: Dr. Mohamed Abouelkhair (with Drs. David Bemis, Richard Giannone, Linda Frank, and Stephen Kania). “Identification, cloning and characterization of SpEX exotoxin produced by Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.” Published in PLoS One, 2019.

Student Award

The Tennessee (Phi) Chapter of Phi Zeta presents a certificate and $250 to a senior veterinary professional student in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.

2021 Winners

Margaret Elaine Cheney

Sarah Bell Layne

Award for Excellence in Animal Health Research

During the Comparative & Experimental Medicine Research Symposium, the Phi Chapter provides a certificate and $250 for one presentation that represents Phi Zeta’s goal to excel in scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals. 

2020 Winner

Kassandra Downing

Phi Chapter Current Officers

  • Dr. Diane Hendrix – President
  • Dr. Luca Giori – Secretary/Treasurer

Phi Chapter Officer and Membership Lists