Shelter medicine scholarship established at UC-Davis

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The Doris Day Animal Foundation has provided a $75,000 grant to establish an endowed veterinary scholarship in shelter medicine at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The school's Koret Shelter Medicine Program is dedicated to advancing shelter medicine as a veterinary specialty through research, specialty training and education, and the performance of veterinary service in animal shelters.

The Doris Day and Terry Melcher Scholarship, named for the actress/animal activist's son, who died in 2004, will be awarded annually, in perpetuity, to outstanding veterinary students working to improve the welfare of homeless animals, UC-Davis announced in July.

The first scholarship was awarded in May to fourth-year veterinary student Christi Payne of Palo Alto.

"I am so grateful to the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for the care and attention to my animals over the years. The veterinarians and staff are miracle workers, and I'm delighted that our gift will help train future veterinarians," Day said.