DE SOTO, Kan. – Eight bovine veterinary students from across the United States each received $1,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in St. Louis Sept. 21-24. The students were recognized at the AABP Conference by AABP and award sponsor Merck Animal Health.
Since 2004, Merck Animal Health has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships and travel expenses to 49 students through the AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards.
“Bovine veterinarians are critical to keeping food animals healthy and productive,” said Norman Stewart, D.V.M., livestock technical services manager for Merck Animal Health. “These exceptional bovine veterinary students will play a vital role as they prepare to apply their education, skills and unique experiences to benefit the industry.”
Third- and fourth-year veterinary students are eligible to receive the award. Students are selected based on work experience, academic achievements, career goals and their primary interests in veterinary medicine.
“We are proud to sponsor this award each year. It is just a small investment compared to the value these students will bring to our industry during the course of their careers,” Stewart said.
Gatz Riddell, D.V.M., AABP executive vice president, said the student award winners will benefit both from monetary assistance in the face of rising education costs and from the opportunity to attend the AABP Annual Conference, where they network with AABP members who can help shape their careers.
“This award is an important partnership with Merck Animal Health that supports AABP’s mission to improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine,” Riddell said.
The following students are the recipients of the 2011 AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards:
Matt Brewer attends Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Brewer’s interest in science and dairy medicine developed during high school as he spent time with the local veterinarian in Clintonville, Wis. While in college, Brewer gained experience at an American Animal Hospital Association clinic, where he worked with clients, observed business practices and gained technical skills. He has had internships and job-shadow experiences with six dairy practices in northern Wisconsin, gaining more than 400 hours of experience in medicine, surgery, ultrasound, client relations and records analysis. Brewer hopes to work in a clinical practice and conduct research. He plans to complete a doctorate degree and own a rural bovine practice in the Midwest.