Eight PVM Students Receive 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Awards

March 24, 2017

Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) publicly announced this week the recipients of the 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarships, including eight Purdue Veterinary Medicine students. They were selected from more than 1,700 applications from second- and third-year students at colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and Caribbean. The eight Purdue recipients are: Katherine Beckman, Sarah Garst, Melissa Jones, and Natalia Santos, all from the DVM Class of 2019; and Michelle Mitchell, Allison Mustonen, Janet Roque-Torres, and Katelyn Steinkamp, all of the DVM Class of 2018.

A total of 315 recipients were chosen for the award and will cumulatively receive $630,000 in scholarships. The students were recognized during the 2017 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference. The scholarships recognize veterinary students who are already demonstrating academic excellence, a strong commitment to veterinary medicine and leadership. "By awarding these scholarships, we hope to not only lessen the financial burden felt by many of these students, but to encourage every recipient to focus on their future and become leaders in the field," said Dr. Christine Jenkins, chief veterinary medical officer for U.S. operations at Zoetis.

"Partnering with Zoetis enables us to help veterinary students offset the increasing costs of a medical education while providing these students with opportunities that might have otherwise been beyond their means," said Dr. Andrew Maccabe, chief executive officer of the AAVMC. This year, the scholarship recipients recognized by the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program reflect a broad range of professional interests. Among the 2017 awarded scholars:

  • 33% are from racial and ethnically diverse backgrounds

  • 31% are studying mixed animal medicine

  • 14% are studying to practice food animal medicine

  • 26% are going into small animal practice

  • 4% percent are going into equine exclusive clinical practice

  • 13% are entering academia (research and clinical), public health, government, or industry

  • 11% will go into other areas, such as zoo/exotic animal, lab animal, wildlife, etc.

The 2018 program for second- and third-year veterinary students will launch in early October 2017.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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