PVM Alumna Selected for Elite AVMA Fellowship Program

Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumna Rachel Cumberbatch (PU DVM 2011) of Washington, D.C., has been selected as one of three veterinarians who will provide scientific counsel to the nation’s elected officials as part of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) 2015-2016 Fellowship Program.  “It is so important—now more than ever—that our elected officials hear from the scientific experts who understand how animal, public and environmental health are interrelated,” said AVMA President Ted Cohn, who expressed appreciation to the newly named fellows for “…dedicating the next year of their lives to working with Congress to helping advance policies that will protect and promote both human and animal health.”

The AVMA announced the names of the 2015-2016 Fellowship Program participants in May. Since earning her Purdue DVM degree in 2011, Dr. Cumberbatch has served as an associate veterinarian for the Connecticut Veterinary Center; veterinary intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service; and president of the non-profit insurance organization, DC Science & Technology Fellows, Inc.  Most recently she has worked as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency, where she supported efforts to promote better air quality.

Dr. Cumberbatch and the other two AVMA fellows, Honorata “Kuki” Hansen of Silver Spring, Md., and Lauren Stump of Baton Rouge, La., were selected from a field of 15 applicants.  Starting in August they will serve as full-time staff in a congressional office or on a congressional committee.  According to the AVMA, they will advise policymakers on a wide range of issues impacting animal health and welfare, such as preventing the soring of walking horses, and on those cross-over issues that impact both human and animal health, such as the use of antibiotics in food animals. The fellowship program is sponsored through the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Click here to view a complete news release from the AVMA.

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