Pet Care Trust encourages expanded interest in companion animal species

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The Pet Care Trust Foundation promotes public understanding regarding the value of and right to enjoy companion animals. The Sue J. Busch Memorial Award, presented for the first time, was created to encourage interest and commitment within the veterinary academic community and enhance the well-being of companion animal species.

Sue Busch helped expand pet industry education and information through publication and circulation of Pet Age magazine and by creating the H. H. Backer pet industry trade shows. Three $500 scholarships were granted to graduating veterinary students who have devoted efforts toward the welfare of companion animals during their undergraduate and professional education.

Dr. William Griswold (FL '99) has a lifelong interest in breeding and management of reptiles and amphibians. As a student, he conducted a research project in snake viral problems and was co-owner of a small snake reproduction unit. He is currently an intern at a veterinary practice that caters to "special" species such as small mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and exotic animals, which will provide the experience he needs to implement his career goals in clinical practice.

Dr. Laura Twedt (GA '99) completed class work in fish medicine, exotic animal medicine, and avian disease. She was employed as an assistant aviculturist, a research technician, and a veterinary technician and completed externships at two East Coast zoos. Accepted for the master's program at the Royal Veterinary College, London, she will study "special" species companion animals.

While an undergraduate, Dr. Gretchen Statz (WIS '99) organized the nonprofit, no-kill Animal Rescue and Education Network. Working out of her home, she found homes for 300 animals. She plans to continue educating the public about animal welfare issues and will seek a career in small animal and exotic animal medicine.