Amy Vasquez ’05, DVM ’09, is researching mastitis (inflammation or infection of the mammary gland) in dairy cows for her doctorate in comparative biomedical sciences. Her research seeks ways for dairy farmers to judiciously use antibiotics and alternative methods to treat mastitis and reduce economic losses from discarded milk, reduced production, treatment and other costs. Partnering with farmers in New York state and allied agribusinesses in a trial with 600 dairy cows, her study will develop, evaluate and implement an alternative antibiotic therapy for use on farms. Vasquez also will make recommendations based on the research findings and develop an outreach plan to communicate the results to the commercial dairy industry. Read full article.