Surgery resident honored by professional association

Dr. Laura Cuddy receives resident award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians


Dr. Laura Cuddy
Dr. Laura Cuddy

Dr. Laura Cuddy,  a small animal surgery resident at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently honored by a national professional association for her achievements in the clinical, educational and scholarly arenas.

In April, the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, an organization of veterinary clinicians engaged in teaching and research at the professional, graduate or postgraduate level, presented Cuddy with its Resident Award, which is given annually to two residents selected from all the veterinary residents in North America.

Cuddy completed her veterinary degree from University College Dublin in 2008. She then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at UF in 2009. She received a Master of Science degree at UF in 2011 and is completing a concurrent residency in small animal surgery.

Her thesis research investigated the biomechanics of the canine elbow joint and the effects of ulnar osteotomy. Her research has produced two first-author publications in the journal Veterinary Surgery. Cuddy has eight additional publications that have been submitted, accepted or are in print, all derived from clinical research performed during her residency.

Among Cuddy’s previous honors are Most Outstanding Podium Presentation in the Mark A. Bloomberg Resident Research Competition at the annual Veterinary Orthopedics Society conference in 2011; the Veterinary Arthrology Advancement Association’s Resident Award in 2011; and the First Place Research Presentation at the Resident’s Forum at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons’ annual Veterinary Symposium in 2011. She also received the UF veterinary college’s Excellence in Master’s Studies Award in 2012 and the college’s Excellence in Clinical Science Research Award in 2013.

“We are very proud to say Laura is the fourth UF small animal surgery resident to receive this award in the past decade,” said Daniel Lewis, D.V.M., professor of small animal surgery and the Jerry and Lola Collins Eminent Scholar in Canine Sports Medicine and Comparative Orthopedics.

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