The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine recognized student scholars at its Annual Awards Ceremony May 15, when school officials highlighted 400 student scholarships amounting to approximately $1 million.
Bennie I. Osburn, dean, states, "We are 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."
Gifts provide financial support during the four-year program as well as recognition for scholarly or clinical accomplishments. Many awards also promote an exploration of career paths within veterinary medicine or encourage the development of research skills.
Private gifts come from breed associations, kennel clubs, businesses, and individuals who love animals. More than 85% of students receive some form of financial support during veterinary school. This funding is a key component in keeping student loan debt lower at UC Davis than at most other veterinary schools in the United States.
School faculty, staff and students attended the event along with an estimated 50 donor guests who met award recipients at the ceremony.
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 in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Currently, 488 students are enrolled in the DVM program.