The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine recognized student scholars and highly regarded faculty at its Annual Awards Ceremony on May 16. The ceremony highlighted 570 student awards amounting to approximately $875,000, including 15 new scholarships this year. The school announced five new endowed scholarships and a new dual-degree program, the Veterinary Scientist Training Program. The 7-year program provides financial support and a flexible course of study to selected students pursuing concurrent Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and PhD degrees.
Gifts provide financial aid, recognition for scholarly or clinical accomplishments, and career opportunities in animal-related health fields. More than 85% of DVM students receive some form of financial aid. The school’s endowed scholarship fund has reached $21 million this year.
Private support comes from breed associations, kennel clubs, businesses, and individuals who love animals. An estimated 50 guests from around the state met award recipients at the ceremony, held at the Medical Sciences Complex on the Davis campus.
Bennie I. Osburn, dean, states, "It is a joy to see these students and their achievements. We are proud to be a part of the team of faculty, staff, parents and generous donors who contribute financial support, time and experience to make the veterinary profession possible for these students.”
Several faculty members were honored during the event. The Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence was awarded to Laurel J. Gershwin, a professor in the department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. The Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award went to Professor Robert J. Hansen, member of the department of Molecular Biosciences and associate dean of Student Programs since 1982.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts an integrated statewide mission of teaching, research and service benefiting animal, human and environmental health. The 4-year program includes 488 students studying for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.