The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) is pleased to announce the five recipients of the AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award, sponsored by Schering-Plough Animal Health. The $1,000 award recognizes third and fourth year veterinary students who are interested in pursuing a career in dairy and/or beef veterinary medicine.

“Schering-Plough Animal Health believes strongly in supporting and nurturing veterinary students and these recipients are excellent role models of accomplishment and persistence for food supply veterinary medicine,” says Rick Sibbel, DVM, director of Global Cattle Technical Services for Schering-Plough.

Student applicants were chosen on their background, work and academic experience, primary interests in veterinary medicine and career goals. Each award winner receives a $1,000 award and a plaque to be presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the AABP September 22-24 in Salt Lake City.

“As the beef industry becomes more complex, these students have the scientific and technical knowledge that veterinarians will need to serve cattle and dairy producers now and in the future," says John Lowe, senior director of Schering-Plough’s U.S. Livestock Business Unit.

The 2005 AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award recipients are:

  • J. Egan Brockhoff, a fourth year veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, is planning to work in a food animal practice after graduation, and would like to eventually own his own practice. His upbringing in rural central Alberta has made his goal to live and practice in a rural area. Brockhoff was raised on a progressive cow-calf and feedlot farming operation. He has been active in the Canadian Simmental Association and other Canadian and youth livestock organizations.
  • Nathan Dorshorst is a fourth year veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin. Dorshorst was raised on a dairy farm and follows in the footsteps of both his father and brother who are veterinarians. Dorshorst is planning on practicing dairy medicine post-graduation, but is also interested in the possibility of a residency or academia in the long-term. Dorshorst is from the Wisconsin Rapids/Marshfield, Wis. area.
  • Rebecca Mentink of the University of Wisconsin is a third year student who would like to practice large animal medicine with a dairy emphasis, and is considering entering academia and/or Extension work in the future. Mentink was raised on a 65-cow registered Holstein dairy farm in eastern Wisconsin where she was active in youth dairy programs. As an undergraduate in dairy Science, Mentink participated in dairy organizations as well as the Association of Women in Agriculture. Mentink is from Waldo, Wis.
  • Joe Shockey, fourth year student at The Ohio State University. Shockey grew up on a dairy farm and was exposed to the veterinary profession by his father and brother. Shockey’s most notable experiences occurred through dairy judging, a 14-day study tour of the California dairy industry and herdsman duties on a 700-cow dairy farm.
  • Matthew Walker, a fourth year veterinary student at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, plans to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian specializing in dairy medicine, and hopes to someday have his own practice while remaining involved with the family farm. Walker developed an interest in food animal medicine growing up on his family’s dairy farm. Walker is a native of Sussex, New Brunswick.

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine. For more information on the AABP, visit