The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine recognized student scholars and faculty at its Annual Awards Ceremony on May 15, when school officials highlighted 575 student scholarships amounting to approximately $875,000. Students also applauded favorite teachers and staff members at the event.
Gifts provide financial aid and recognition for scholarly or clinical accomplishments. Private support comes from breed associations, kennel clubs, businesses, and individuals who love animals. More than 85% of students receive some form of financial aid to assist them in achieving their DVM degrees.
Bennie I. Osburn, dean, states, "We are so proud of our students' achievements and very thankful to the faculty, staff, parents and generous donors who help make the veterinary profession possible for these students."
Career paths and academic endeavors
Many awards also promote an exploration of career paths within veterinary medicine or encourage the development of research skills.
Externships provide intensive training and practical experience in diverse areas of interest. One such effort is the Early Veterinary Student Dairy Experience Program, which aims to raise awareness of food safety issues and ultimately recruit students into dairy practice. The program supports two summer sessions in which students spend time with dairymen and veterinarians to learn about dairy operations, food safety, and health management of food animals.
Among the research scholarships, the Veterinary Scientist Training Program provides financial support and a flexible course of study to selected students pursuing concurrent Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and PhD degrees, an educational path particularly suited for veterinarians interested in academic or biotechnology careers.
School faculty, staff and students attended the event, along with an estimated 50 guests who met award recipients at the ceremony.
Excellence in teaching and faculty research
Dr. Gary P. Carlson
In acknowledgment of excellence in teaching, The Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award has been presented to Gary P. Carlson, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, for his expertise and contributions to academic instruction and clinical teaching of equine medicine.
Dr. Eugene P. Steffey
The Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, intended to foster and celebrate the innovative research on which the scientific advancement of the profession depends, has been awarded to Eugene P. Steffey, a professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, for his significant research contributions in pulmonary physiology.
Several other faculty members and favorite clinical instructors were also spotlighted.
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, California's only public veterinary school, integrates a statewide mission of teaching, research and service benefiting animal, human and environmental health. Among its educational programs are the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) degree programs, graduate studies, and specialty residencies.