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Judges & Committee

2017 Judges

Theodore ClarkTheodore G. Clark, Professor of Parasitology and Immunology, Cornell University Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Clark joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 1996 and is currently Director of the Graduate Field of Immunology and Infectious Disease. Dr. Clark received a BS from Columbia University, a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at Yale University. Over the years, his research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is a member of the Aquatic Animal Medicine Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Susie FubiniSusan Fubini, DVM, Professor of Large Animal Surgery, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Cornell University Department of Clinical Sciences

Dr. Fubini is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed a rotating large animal internship and surgical residency at Cornell University. She is currently a Professor of Large Animal Surgery and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. Susie is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  Her clinical expertise is in large animal soft tissue procedures.  She lives in Ithaca with her husband, Rory Todhunter, a small animal orthopedist, their four active children, and three unruly dogs.

Helene MarquisHélène Marquis, DVM, PhD, Professor, Cornell University Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Marquis received her DVM from the University of Montréal and worked as a small animal clinician before returning to academia. She completed a M.Sc. at the University of Montréal and a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, both in veterinary microbiology. After finishing her post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, she assumed a faculty position at the University of Colorado, then moved to Cornell University. She worked for many years on the pathogenesis of Listeria monocytogenes. More recently, her research has focused on fish health, disease, and nutrition. Actual projects include the effects of trace level antibiotics on intestinal microbiota, development of a phage-based diagnostic test for pathogenic Vibrio species, the use of insect larvae as a source of protein in fish feed, and skin mucus microbiota in health and disease.

Scott PalmerScott Palmer, VMD, Adjunct Professor, Cornell University Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences; New York State Equine Medical Director

Dr. Palmer is a renowned veterinarian who, as the New York State Equine Medical Director, oversees the health and safety of horses at all New York State Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, Dr. Palmer has worked as a staff clinician at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, serving as the Hospital Director from 1997 through 2013.
He is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey Equine Practitioners Veterinarian of the Year award, as well as a recipient of the AAEP President’s Award in 2009 and the AAEP Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Dr. Palmer is board certified in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and has authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications and is a featured speaker at veterinary conferences world-wide.

Mark Rishniw, BVSc, MS, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Cornell University Department of Clinical Sciences

Dr. Rishniw received his BVSc from University of Melbourne in 1987 before completing an MS and residency in small animal internal medicine at Washington State University in 1994.  He completed a cardiology residency at UC Davis in 1996 and then the Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University in 2009.  Dr. Rishniw was a Lecturer in Cardiology at Cornell and is board certified by both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). 
Dr. Rishniw has been Director of Clinical Research at VIN for the past 12 years, and is an adjunct professor at Cornell University.  When not at work Dr. Rishniw can usually be found on his bicycle.

Organizing Committee

Name Department
Ms. Gail Babcock Animal Health Diagnostic Center
Dr. Elizabeth Buckles, Co-Chair Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Jonathan Cheetham Clinical Sciences
Dr. Erin Daugherity, Co-Chair CARE
Mr. Kim Eaton Clinical Sciences
Mr. Doug Fink Clinical Sciences
Ms. Kathleen Hall Continuing Education
Dr. Ursula Krotscheck Clinical Sciences
Dr. Mary Martin, Co-Chair CARE
Dr. Santiago Peralta Clinical Sciences
Dr. Tracy Stokol, Co-Chair Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

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