“We get to better our education with additional classroom tools, and by going to as many as 15 CDEs (career development events) every year, including trips to livestock and meat judging events,” Scott says. “We are also able to use the support to give back to our community.”
Financial support also is making a difference for people like Timothy Perano, a former University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine student who received a $5,000 scholarship from the AABP Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund. The money helped alleviate some financial pressure with the opening of his own practice, Perano Veterinary Practice, located in Jackson, Calif., immediately following graduation.
“I wasn’t originally planning on starting my own practice immediately, so it’s a tremendous blessing to have fewer student loans to deal with as I start out,” Dr. Perano says. “I really do appreciate all the donors who help support the students, as it’s a great encouragement through school as you face the ever-increasing cost of tuition.”
The newest beneficiary of the program, the AAEP Foundation, is committed to supporting the future of large-animal veterinarians through scholarships.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to offer students the chance to focus on their studies and future careers — not the cost of tuition,” says C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, Ph.D., DSc, FRCVS, Diplomate ACVS & ACVSMR, AAEP Foundation chairman. “We want to give every student the opportunity to extend their education, and the cost of college can be a significant hurdle for the success of veterinary students.”
Support of FFA, the AABP Foundation and the AAEP Foundation is a component of Pfizer Animal Health’s Commitment to Veterinarians™ platform, which offers support through training and education, research and development, investing in the future of the veterinary profession, and philanthropy. For more about Commitment to Veterinarians, visit www.vets.pfizerah.com; see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pfizeranimalhealth; or follow @Commitment2Vets on Twitter.
For more about how to help advance the animal health industry through the Performance Pays program from Pfizer Animal Health, call 866-611-2626 or visit www.pfizerperformancepays.com.