May 18, 2005
Faculty, staff and special guests celebrated student achievement at the annual Awards Ceremony of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine May 18, 2005. Officials distributed more than 400 student scholarships valued at approximately $1.1 million.
"Sixteen new scholarships have been established this year," reported Bennie I. Osburn, dean, in his introductory remarks. "This is a testament to the generosity and understanding of friends of the school, especially during the past few years when students have faced steep fee increases." Scholarship and grant programs provide financial support to more than 85% of the school's students.
Scholarships may be established to honor the memories of family members, alumni or special companion animals. Breed associations, kennel clubs and corporations sponsor scholarships based on students' financial need and career potential. The school also presents sponsored awards to recognize clinical proficiency in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and student accomplishments in research.
Among the 65 special guests was former Marysville teacher Mary Silan Seawright, who received a Distinguished Service Award for long-time advocacy on behalf of the school. Since 1987, Ms. Seawright has provided scholarships for veterinary students especially interested in small animal medicine. (see related story)
During the Awards Ceremony, 27 new members joined the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, a student organization that promotes scholarship and advancement of the veterinary profession.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts statewide teaching, research and service programs to benefit animal, human and environmental health. Currently, 488 students are enrolled in the four-year, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program.