AAEP Foundation, Zoetis Award Scholarships to Vet Students

Four 2013 veterinary graduates who have dedicated their careers to equine health care will be awarded $4,000 scholarships from Zoetis and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation during the Focus on Students summer meeting in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 4-6.

The annual AAEP Foundation and Zoetis veterinary student scholarships reward graduating veterinary students with a dedication to equine medicine for their academic excellence, leadership in their school and chapter, and their long-term goals. These $4,000 awards are available thanks to donations from Zoetis customers who participated in the Industry Support Program from Feb. 1 though April 30. These veterinarians designate that a portion of their product purchases be used for scholarships for AAEP students. Together with these dedicated customers, Zoetis congratulates the following recipients:

  • Megan Hays, VMD—University of Pennsylvania
  • Alicia Yocom, DVM—University of California, Davis
  • Shannon Smith, DVM—Cornell University
  • Amy Cook, DVM—Iowa State University

Veterinary student applicants are nominated for the scholarships by representatives from their colleges. In addition to academic excellence, recipients are evaluated on their leadership abilities and involvement in activities benefiting the health and welfare of horses. Each accredited college or school of veterinary medicine with an AAEP student chapter can use its own criteria to nominate one fourth-year veterinary student who plans to enter equine practice.

Doug Braun, DVM, Zoetis' marketing manager, said the company proudly honors excellence among our newest colleagues in veterinary medicine.

“As an AAEP educational partner, we are delighted to honor these exceptional graduating veterinary students who have taken a special interest in equine medicine,” Braun said. “We also recognize the vital role our dedicated customers play in sponsoring these scholarships, and we are pleased to continue supporting the leadership established by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the AAEP Foundation.”

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