AVMA Congressional Science Fellows announced

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The AVMA announced the selections of Drs. N. Kent Ames, Wendy C. Shelton, and James M. Weber for the 2004-2005 AVMA Congressional Science Fellowship program.

The three veterinarians will serve in the offices of members of Congress or on congressional committee staffs as experts in public health policy.

Fellows are selected on a competitive basis after the completion of an application process, writing assignment, and interview. The fellowship began this August and continues until August 2005.

During the year, fellows will receive a stipend, thanks to the support of the AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and other organizations and individuals. Following are thumbnail sketches of the individuals chosen for the AVMA fellowship program.

Dr. Ames, East Lansing, Mich., is a professor of large animal clinical sciences at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a former president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Dr. Ames is a three-time recipient of the Student AVMA Outstanding Teacher Award and the 1995 Norden North American Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1974 and his master's degree in science from Kansas State University in 1977.

Dr. Shelton, Granite Bay, Calif., received a master's degree in public health this June from the University of California-Davis. She recently completed an internship with the California Department of Health Services.

While working for Integrated Surgical Systems Inc., Dr. Shelton promoted ROBODOC, an image-guided surgical robot approved for human use. She received her DVM degree in 1981 from UC-Davis.

Dr. Weber, Alexandria, Ky., was his state's delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates and is a former president of the Kentucky VMA. He inspected meat-processing plants for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Dr. Weber received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1980 and earned a master's in business administration from Northern Kentucky University in 1996.

For more information on the AVMA Congressional Science Fellowship or the current fellows, contact Robert Hay Jr., program and administrative coordinator for the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, at (800) 321-1473.