Leslie Lyons, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, Center for Companion Animal Health, has been named the winner of the Winn Feline Foundation‘s 201o Excellence in Feline Research Award.
Lyons developed a feline genetic mapping pedigree, a result of a career that includes work in comparative genetics. Most recently, Lyons has been analyzing the origin of cat breeds and the sites of cat domestication. Her endeavor led to National Geographic Explorer episode entitled “The Science of Cats.”
She was given the award in early August during the Presidents Installation Lunch at the American Veterinary Medical Associations annual convention in Atlanta.
Dr. Lyons received $2,500 and a crystal cat, the Winnie.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation pairs the Excellence in Feline Research award with a matching $2,500 scholarship for a veterinary student interested in feline medicine. This year’s recipient was Adam Breiteneicher, a third-year student at Auburn Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine.
Both awards are designed to promote and encourage feline health studies by established veterinary research scientists as well as those entering this field of study, according to the Winn Feline Foundation.