Seventeen fourth-year veterinary students were recognized as recipients of $5,000 scholarships at the 2015 48th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners last month in New Orleans.
Scholarship winners also earned paid travel to the conference as part of the 2015 AABP Foundation – Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship program.
This scholarship program was established in 2009 as part of the Zoetis Commitment to Veterinarians initiative to help encourage and support careers in large-animal veterinary medicine.
Eligible applicants entering their senior year are evaluated on academic performance, essay submission and involvement in bovine medicine and bovine-related extracurricular activities.
Recipients of 2015 scholarships are:
• Benjamin Baird, Washington State University
• Alex Beck, Washington State University
• Rebecca Calder, Cornell University
• James Coffey, Oklahoma State University
• Julie Conner, University of California, Davis
• Amanda Emery, Purdue University
• Jacob Hagenmaier, Kansas State University
• Jennifer Holle, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Kevin Jacque, The Ohio State University
• Nicholas Lemmel, Colorado State University
• Darcy Messerly, Oklahoma State University
• Kathleen Morriss, Auburn University
• Lacey Robinson, Kansas State University
• Merel Rodenburg, Oklahoma State University
• Lauren Scruggs, Auburn University
• Emily Stayduhar, The Ohio State University
• Peter Strassburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"With the cost of veterinary education between about $45,000 and $85,000 each year, the support — financial and experiential — for these students has an immeasurable impact," said M. Gatz Riddell Jr., DVM, executive vice president, AABP.
"This unique program between the AABP Foundation and Zoetis provides students with an opportunity to pursue important veterinary experiences for the future of the food-animal industry with some relief from financial pressures."
Commitment to veterinarians
In addition to scholarships, Commitment to Veterinarians also supports the future of the veterinary profession through training and education, research and development and philanthropy.
Commitment to Veterinarians includes the Zoetis Externship Program, another engaging opportunity for first- or second-year veterinary students.
"Students benefit from connecting with experts in the field who can share personal experiences and challenges associated with our profession," said Doug Braun, DVM, veterinary segment manager at Zoetis. "We have a strong veterinary community, and we feel a combination of financial, experiential and mentorship support during veterinary school can help shape future leaders who will go on to significantly support producers in raising healthy animals and producing safe food."