Dr. Maria Perez-Hernandez, a Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary resident, has received a national award for neurological research. The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine recently honored Perez-Hernandez with the ACVIM Knecht Resident Award. The Knecht award, named in memory of veterinary neurologist Dr. Charles Knecht, is given in recognition of outstanding research that advances veterinary neurology. Perez-Hernandez was awarded for the design, development and testing of an intracranial pressure bolt for use in veterinary patients.
Perez-Hernandez earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2007 at the Faculty Veterinary Medicine at the University of Murcia, Spain. After dedicating five years to small animal rehabilitation, she started a neurology/neurosurgery internship in 2012 and a neurology/neurosurgery residency at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She is certified in small animal physical therapy and animal chiropractic. She has authored a book in Spanish on small animal rehabilitation.
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