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Vaccine Protocols with Iowa State University's Dr. Christy Petersen

November 19, 2010

Dr. Christy Petersen, Department of Veterinary Pathology, (515) 294-9013
Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, Veterinary Communications, (515) 294-4602

The AKC Canine Health Foundation has released the next podcast in the Genome Barks series. Dr. Christy Petersen, a member of the faculty of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the different types of vaccines available and what makes up these vaccines, as well as core vaccines and the best way to time the vaccination process.

Dr. Christy Petersen received her BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, DVM from Cornell University and PhD in immunology and infectious diseases from Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to starting her PhD, Dr. Petersen worked in small animal/exotic practice in Beverly, Mass., and continued to moonlight through her PhD studies. This work evolved into being the staff veterinarian for the Worcester Animal Rescue League in Worcester, Mass.

Through AKC Canine Health Foundation funding, Dr. Petersen has developed highly sensitive and specific diagnostic tests to determine Leishmania and Brucella infection in dogs prior to seroconversion and is working on assays to determine the likelihood of a good immune response to these fatal infections of both dogs and humans. These new technologies may lead to vaccine candidates for chronic diseases including but not limited to canine leishmaniasis and brucellosis.

The Genome Barks podcast series features lectures from the highly successful AKC and CHF Breeders Symposia and provides responsible breeders and pet owners an inside look at the work being done by the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Click here to listen to the podcast: www.genomebarks.com