Twelve fourth-year veterinary students from across the country, including Lora Gurley at Michigan State University, were presented scholarships Sept. 15 during the 50th conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in Omaha, Neb.
Made possible by the annual AABP Foundation – Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship program, each student received a $5,000 scholarship and a travel stipend to the conference. Since 2009, this scholarship program, a joint effort between the AABP Foundation and the Zoetis Commitment to Veterinarians initiative, has strived to encourage and support careers in large-animal veterinary medicine.
Scholarship applicants entering their senior year of veterinary school were evaluated on academic performance, essay submission, and involvement in bovine medicine and related extracurricular activities.
In addition to Gurley, other recipients include Maxwell Beal and Ben Bennett, Kansas State University; Sarah Cook, Louisiana State University; Kevin Gavin, Washington State University; Joseph Hammes, University of Minnesota; Ethan McEnroe and Delaine Quaresma, University of California, Davis; Brian Schnell, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Cade Luckett and Lauren Thompson, Texas A&M University; and Michelle Mitchell, Purdue University.
"We appreciate the collaboration between the AABP Foundation and Zoetis to provide significant scholarships to these future colleagues," says K. Fred Gingrich II, DVM, executive vice president of AABP. "In addition, travel stipends that are provided to offset the cost of attending the annual conference provide these students with the opportunity to network with AABP members and take part in our high-quality continuing education offerings."
Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA, group director of Cattle and Equine Technical Services at Zoetis, who has helped present the scholarships during the conference for the last seven years, says he sees this program continue to give back and strengthen the cattle industry.
“By investing in these students who are the future of veterinary medicine, these scholarships will help us realize the important goal of providing the best care possible for cattle,” Saltman says. “Support, not only through scholarships, but through research and development, philanthropy, mentorships and continuing education, helps to enhance educational experiences and, in turn, aids in ensuring a well-trained and economically viable veterinary profession.”
For more information about additional support for the veterinary industry through Commitment to Veterinarians, visit Zoetis.