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Rewarding Excellence, Encouraging Leadership... » Veterinary Public Health 

Chilean Student receives the 2006 Pedro N. Acha Award for Veterinary Public Health

On behalf of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), Dr. Juan Manuel Sotelo, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization representative in Chile, presented the Pedro N. Acha Award for Veterinary Public Health 2006 to Mr. Samuel Serrano Verdugo.

The ceremony was held at the Universidad Santo Tomas in Santiago of Chile on December 4, 2006. The ceremony was attended by University Rector Dr. Jorge Urzúa; the dean of the Medicine and  Veterinary School, Dr. Jorge Crossley; and the Director of the Veterinary School in Santiago, Dr. Plinio Gecele. The winner received a framed certificate of honor and US $ 1,500.

Samuel Serrano received this award for his thesis “Prevalencia y distribución espacial de equinococosis canina y equinococosis quística ovina en la península de Comau, X Región Chile”. Serrano Verdugo is the second student from the University Santo Tomas to have received this award.


Mr. Samuel Serrano with Dr. Juan Manuel Sotelo, PWR Chile.
The Acha award, created in 1993, aims to encourage veterinary public health students to engage in veterinary public health research. This award is one of five awards of the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program.