Fighting Ovarian Cancer With Animal Passion

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization(OCSA) has been busy these last few months getting as much recognition as they can to promote their Veterinary Outreach Program. In April, Dr. Kristin Junkas of Wright Animal Hospital (an Iowa State University grad) joined OCSA executive director, Vallie Syzmanski, at a presentation for ISU veterinary students as part of the One Health Commission-sponsored “Zoobiquity” event.  Over 300 veterinary students and professors attended.


It was important to Vallie to include why working with animals and the VOP was so important to co-founder Susan Roman. SHe also shared why the VOP will work.


With support from the Illinois Deparment of Health, the AVMA and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, OCSA’s VOP is rapidly gaining partnerships with clinics in the Chicagoland area. The next partnership launch will be on May 11th with Elmhurst Animal Care Center, followed by summertime events in Chicago and DesPlaines. It’s a very exciting time for the VOP and being able to share this with young veterinary professionals was a great opportunity. To show just how much OCSA’s VOP supports future veterinarians, Kristin and Vallie shared with the Iowa State students the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship.


The 1st Susan M. Roman Scholarship Award dinner will be Sunday, Just 21st at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Three promising veterinary students that have a personal history with ovarian cancer will be awarded $5,000 scholarships and get to meet notable professionals within the veterinary industry. Tickets:

OCSA has recently been in several publications as well online. Here are some fun articles to check out!

Steve Dale’s Pet World_VOP launch

Kane County Chronicle _ Clinic Celebrates Induction


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