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Student Awards Ceremony: Celebrating Proficiency, Compassion and Service

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May 10, 2011

Dean Bennie Osburn welcomed 40 special guests, including a few dogs, to the School of Veterinary Medicine Student Awards Ceremony May 10.

"I am pleased to announce that our 2011 scholarship program includes 15 new awards amounting to $40,000 in additional funding," Osburn said. "This support, along with our funding from annual gifts and endowments, brings our total annual scholarships to more than $1.6 million. The school is deeply grateful for the generous support of our individual, association and corporate scholarship donors who make these awards possible.... This investment in our future veterinary workforce will benefit animals for decades to come."

Faculty members David Maggs and Rance LeFebvre announced the scholarships. Maggs also acknowedged Dean Osburn, who retires this year. "Thank you, Dean Osburn, for your years of service and for the way you have helped to grow the school's scholarship program."

New scholarships this year include the Linda Sue Herman Endowed Scholarship, established in memory of the daughter of Mrs. Ruth Herman, and the Paul Miller Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of a 1971 DVM graduate from Weed, California.

Awards may be established in memory of family or friends, especially those from the veterinary community. Several scholarships give tribute to pets whose lives touched the hearts of their owners in a special way. At the event each year, r
epresentatives from families, breed clubs, corporations, veterinary associations, professional organizations and student clubs that contribute scholarships attend and meet "their" students.

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Among the guests were loyal donors who have supported the scholarship students for years, notably horsewoman Ms. Peggy Narducci, representing the California State Horsemen's Association, and retired elementary school teacher Dr. Mary Seawright, who has donated several scholarships in small animal medicine.

Scholarships may honor academic achievement, volunteer contributions, or demonstrated interest in a particular species or specialty. Cancer, diabetes and bovine disease research are just of few of the special interests noted in the awards.

David Wilson, director of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, recognized more than 35 fourth-year students for clinical proficiency.

Associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs Kent Lloyd announced that 29 students have been selected for the Students Training in Advanced Research program, which offers summer research experience. The program also noted all 22 fellows participating in the 7-year Veterinary Scientist Training Program,
a dual-degree, DVM/PhD program designed to increase the number of veterinarians in academic careers.  

Veterinary students took the opportunity to acknowledge fellow students for their selflessness and service to the student body or medicine club activities. Class officers closed the program with favorite teacher, resident and staff awards.

The ceremony is hosted by the school and Phi Zeta, the veterinary honor society, which named 32 new members this year.