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UC Davis DVM Students Honored with Zoetis Scholarships


March 24, 2016

Marlene Belmar, Class of 2018, was one of the 15 students who received a Zoetis scholarship.

Marlene Belmar, Class of 2018, was one of the 15 students who received a Zoetis scholarship.

Congratulations to the UC Davis students selected as winners of the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program—a partnership between Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
 
Now in its sixth year, this program recognized 353 second-and third-year veterinary students at this week’s 2016 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference – awarding more than $700,000 in scholarships.
 
This year, nearly 1,500 applications from second- and third-year students were received from colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and Caribbean. From those applications, 353 recipients have been selected for this award. 
 
“We’re proud of these students as they continue to address some of the most critical challenges in veterinary medicine,” said Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “Generous awards like these help the school’s young professionals achieve their dreams and also shape the future.”
 
Zoetis offers financial rewards to dedicated veterinary students who are already making outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession and to the overall well-being and medical care of animals. 
 
This year, 15 students from UC Davis were honored with scholarships:
 
Tanya Angell, Class of 2018
Marlene Belmar, Class of 2018
Ceyda Bilgir, Class of 2018
Karryssa Fenderson, Class of 2018
Katherine Fernhoff, Class of 2017
Rachel Ferris, Class of 2017
Allison Inlow, Class of 2017
Michael Kato, Class of 2017
Tingwei Ou, Class of 2017
Joseph Raleigh, Class of 2017
Rebecca Sawyer, Class of 2018
Cindy Sotelo, Class of 2018
Michelle Tien, Class of 2018
Molly Viner, Class of 2017
Amanda Wong, Class of 2018
 
This year, the scholarship recipients recognized by the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program reflect a broad range of professional interests. Among the 2016 awarded scholars:
 
• 31% percent are from racial and ethnically diverse backgrounds
• 30% percent are studying mixed animal medicine
• 9% percent are studying to practice food animal medicine
• 28% percent are going into small animal practice
• 13% percent are going into equine exclusive clinical practice
• 7% percent are entering academia (research and clinical), public health, or government
• 15% percent will go into other areas, such as zoo/exotic, lab animal, wildlife, etc.
 
To date, this program has awarded over $5.2M in scholarships to more than 2,000 students.