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Dr. Mike Nolan Receives 2022 AVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award

Award launched in 2009 celebrates nominee’s efforts to accelerate feline health through research

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recognized Mike Nolan, DVM, PhD, DACVR, Professor of Oncology at the North Carolina (NC) State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as the 2022 Fellow of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF )/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award.

“Dr. Nolan has been instrumental in making important discoveries that change our understanding of cancer development and treatment in cats and pain control in feline cancer patients,” said Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), CVJ, president of the AVMA, in a press release from the association.1 “Dr. Nolan’s vision and innovative approach to treating feline cancer makes him extremely worthy of this award.

Nolan earned a doctorate in radiology and cancer biology from Colorado State University and is certified in radiation oncology by the American College of Veterinary Radiology. He made important contributions to feline cancer. In addition, he has devoted his skills in radiation oncology to collaborative work on feline gastrointestinal cancer and feline urinary interstitial cystitis.

According to the press release,1 Nolan came to NC State in 2013 and developed a research program focused on comparative oncology. He has received over $1.7 million in external funding, including receipt of a prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, and he has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, with more in the pipeline. preparation.

Nolan also contributed significant teaching responsibilities. He has created course materials in general oncology for the veterinary student core curriculum and in radiation oncology for electives. Additionally, Nolan plays a key role in the training of graduate students. Recently, he completed the work with his first doctoral student, who obtained a government scholarship from the Taiwan Ministry of Education to work specifically with Nolan on the treatment of feline squamous cell tumors of the tongue. Their work has been refined on tumor growth control and pain control of this feline tumor, according to the release.

Nolan’s work on companion animals has allowed him to develop new treatment procedures that have shown promise in the human field. He also played a major role in the development of C3O, a comparative oncology program that links the Duke Cancer Institute and the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, and is a key board member overseeing this. program.

A 2009 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Nolan received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from his alma mater, the Early Career Investigator Travel Award from the Radiation Research Society, the NC State Coat of Excellence (twice). This year, he was named a scholar on the faculty of North Carolina State University.1


Dr. Mike Nolan Named 2022 AVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award Recipient. Press release. American Veterinary Medical Association. August 6, 2022. Accessed August 12, 2022.