|OSU Veterinary Student Wins at Theriogenology Competition|
(September 21, 2010 Stillwater, OK) – Heather Austin, a fourth-year veterinary student at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, recently competed in the Society for Theriogenology Student Abstract Competition held in Seattle, Wash. Austin placed 2nd for her presentation entitled, “Surgical correction of priapism in an 18-year-old Quarter Horse gelding.”
The case Austin presented was special because it involved her own horse, Sonny. Priapism is a prolonged penile erection in the absence of sexual desire and is observed in several animal species as well as in man. According to Austin, Drs. Chelsea Makloski, Reed Holyoak (both board certified Theriogenologists) and Dustin Devine (board certified equine surgeon) all played important roles in Sonny’s treatment and eventual surgery. All three are faculty members at OSU’s veterinary hospital.
Austin is the daughter of Suzanne Stahlhut of Peachtree City, Ga., and David Stahlhut of Jackson’s Gap, Ala. She earned her B.S. degree in Animal Science from Colorado State Univeristy and a M.S. degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. Austin is married to Brandon Austin and resides in Stillwater.