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Headshots of Professor Richard Bastian, Veronica Marquez, Hollyn Probasco, and Emma Desantis

Prof. Bastian Co-Publishes with Alumnae in the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research

Richard Bastian, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, and alumnae Veronica Marquez ’22, Hollyn Probasco ’23, and Emma Desantis ’23, recently co-published an article in the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, Volume 87, Number 4.  

Marquez, Probasco, and Desantis were students while working on the study, “Infrared Thermography as a Diagnostic Tool to Detect Cranial Cruciate Ligament Deficiency in Dogs,” and along with Bastian, co-wrote the article with members of the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Department of Surgery, Dr. Alison A. Cain, a surgical resident, Dr. Garrett J. Davis, staff veterinarian, and Spencer Davis, a surgical assistant, who recently transferred to Monmouth University as an undergraduate student.

The article questions the utility of infrared thermography to diagnose Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) disease, which is the leading cause of canine lameness. Over an eight-month period, the authors focused on a large population of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital client-owned dogs that were investigated for correlations between ability of thermography to diagnose CCL deficiency and recorded explanatory factors.

As a first-generation Mexican American and college graduate, Marquez participated in the University’s First to Fly program. She is currently employed by Wells Fargo Bank as a control management specialist and pursuing her master’s degree in data science at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Probasco is currently working for Cumberland Mutual Insurance Group in the product and pricing department, while Desantis is employed by the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant.

The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research is a quarterly publication that promotes and advocates excellence in veterinary medical research through publication of scientific studies via high quality, peer-reviewed manuscripts that advance and enhance the health and wellness of animals.