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Veterinary deans rally for scholarships in #VetBet!

September 9, 2014

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Aggie fans supporting the UC Davis football team.

One is staking ribeyes, the other locally grown olive oil.

Sounds like the beginnings of a great meal, but it’s a wager between the deans of top veterinary programs leading up to the Aggies vs. Rams football game in Fort Collins on Saturday. UC Davis and Colorado State University are home to the No. 2 and No. 3 veterinary schools in the nation, respectively; each veterinary dean hopes to be No. 1 in the gridiron contest – and in generating donations to veterinary student scholarships.

It’s the #VetBet!

As their teams face off in football, Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and Mark Stetter, dean of the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, are challenging supporters to channel fan enthusiasm into scholarship funds for vet students. 

Lest fans think the #VetBet is all in fun, there’s a serious underpinning: Many veterinary students need support to avoid significant college debt. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine prides itself on making veterinary education affordable. This past year, the school distributed 745 scholarship awards amounting to $2.3 million to DVM and graduate students. More than 90 percent of our students receive scholarship, fellowship or grant funding, placing UC Davis in the top 10 of most affordable veterinary schools in terms of tuition and fees.

To donate to scholarships for UC Davis veterinary students, click here. 

“As a CSU alumnus and dean at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, I know both institutions value strong veterinary medical programs,” Lairmore said. “I look forward to enjoying my Colorado steak from my friend and colleague, Dean Stetter.”

Stetter replied, “I plan to have my steak and eat it, too. The Rams are favored in the football game, and I’d rather have interdigital phlegmon than see our rivals best us in the VetBet challenge.”

(For you non-veterinary smack talkers, interdigital phlegmon is “footrot,” a disease found in certain hooved animals, cattle and sheep among them.)

Coleman Cornelius, Director of Marketing & Communications for CSU, contributed to this article.