AVMF awards scholarships to veterinary students

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Veterinary students from across the country have won scholarships from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation through its 2009 Veterinary Student Scholarship program. 

The announcement that 21 students won $1,000 each came at the AVMF's board meeting July 12 in Seattle.

The recipients and their career interests are as follows:

  • Jessica Balter (COR '11), shelter medicine.
  • Julie Paige Brown (TEN '11), laboratory animal medicine.
  • Jennifer Bruno (LSU '10), disaster relief/underserved communities.
  • Carrie Coffey (FL '11), disaster relief/public health.
  • Nicole Dalesandro (PUR '11), shelter medicine/equine medicine.
  • Jennafer Glaesemann (ISU '11), livestock/food animal medicine.
  • Keri Grace (AUB '12), shelter medicine.
  • Sarah A. Hamer (MSU '11), public health/research.
  • Kristen Hummel (MIS '11), public health/disease control.
  • Jaimi Johnson (MIN '12), public health/shelter medicine.
  • Cheryl Kolus (COL '12), veterinary behavior.
  • Jennifer McRobbie (TUF '10), public health/disease control.
  • Victoria Meehan (MIS '11), large animal medicine/disaster relief.
  • Kristen Moore (GA '10), shelter medicine.
  • Rachael Reith (MIS '11), disaster relief/AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams.
  • Heather Rogers (FL '11), disaster relief.
  • Ruth Usher (GA '11), shelter medicine.
  • Kristen Twedt (MSU '11), food animal medicine/disaster relief.
  • Kelvin Urday (MO '11), public health/disaster relief.
  • Anya Valdes-Dapena (UP '11), shelter medicine.
  • Kristen Kelly (TUF '11), shelter medicine; scholarship from the Mildred C. Sylvester Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Michael R. Lappin is the 2009 recipient of the Winn Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award, also presented July 12. It is accompanied by a $2,500 cash award. Dr. Lappin is professor of small animal internal medicine at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

The award is paired with a matching scholarship by the AVMF to a veterinary student interested in feline medicine. This year's scholarship was awarded to Julia Mulvaney (ORS '12) in the amount of $2,500. The two awards are designed to promote and encourage feline health studies by established veterinary research scientists and those entering this field of study.

Finally, the Foundation announced Amanda Taylor (TEX '10) as the winner of a new scholarship award made possible through a partnership with the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation and the AVMF. Taylor will receive $6,000.

For more information about the Foundation, visit www.avmf.org.