Yasuko Rikihisa, University Distinguished Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, won the coveted International Prize in Canine Health. The international award is part of one of the largest and most distinguished veterinary awards in the world, the International Canine Health Awards. The awards recognize and reward innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students who are significantly impacting the health and wealth-being of dogs.
Dr. Rikihisa was recognized for her ground breaking work into a number of tick-borne diseases that infect dogs, other companion animals and humans. She will use the award to further her research which could eventually lead to a vaccine for canine Ehrlichiosis, a debilitating and often fatal condition caused by a parasite that infects and survives within the white blood cells of its host.