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Dr. Ellen Behrend to serve through 2016

March 19, 2013

Last Updated 2 Year(s) ago

By Leanne Greene, 334-844-3708,

Ellen Behrend, who holds the Joezy Griffin Professorship in internal medicine at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named to Morris Animal Foundation’s small animal scientific advisory board.

“This appointment reflects the national and international recognition that Dr. Behrend has earned through her research and public engagement in small animal internal medicine.  The College is very pleased to assist the Morris Animal Foundation in pursuing its mission through Dr. Behrend’s service on the scientific advisory board ,” said Calvin Johnson, dean of veterinary medicine at Auburn.

“She is one of our most effective teachers, and I am especially pleased to see her recognized in such a noteworthy way for the contributions she has made, and will make, to animal health.”

Behrend, who has served on the Auburn faculty since 1996, received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, followed by a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan State University.  She then worked two years in private practice before completing both a residency in small animal internal medicine and a Master’s Degree at Colorado State University in 1994. She completed a fellowship in endocrinology in 1998 and earned a Ph.D. in 2001 from Auburn University.

Behrend has served as a consultant for the Auburn University Endocrine Diagnostic Service since 1994 and Veterinary Information Network (VIN) since 1998. She is currently a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Auburn.

Behrend has received the Daniels Award for Excellence in Small Animal Endocrinology, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award. She has authored or co-authored 60 abstracts, 60 journal articles and 35 book chapters. Dr. Behrend is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine).

Scientific advisory members are nominated by their peers and approved by the Morris Animal Foundation’s trustees. Each member serves a four-year term and contributes more than 100 volunteer hours per year. Members provide written comments for grant proposals submitted to the foundation and rank proposals on the basis of scientific merit, relevance, and impact. Member efforts ensure the foundation funds the highest-quality research, and provides critical feedback to unfunded investigators on how to improve future research proposals.

“Dr. Behrend’s agreeing to serve as a Morris Animal Foundation SAB member is a testimonial to her commitment to the veterinary profession and to animal health research. We are truly grateful to Dr. Behrend for volunteering her time and expertise, and to Auburn for supporting this endeavor,” said David Haworth, President and CEO, Morris Animal Foundation.

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