Eight bovine veterinary students from across the United States each received $1,500 awards and all-expenses-paid trips to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 18-21. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health sponsored the Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards Program and recognized the students Aug. 19.

“Bovine veterinarians are a vital and irreplaceable professional resource in the animal-health and food industries,” said Dr. Norm Stewart, livestock technical services manager for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. “Today’s veterinary students will build upon an established foundation to apply their educations, expertise and unique skill sets to benefit animal health.”

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has sponsored the Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards since 2004 and awarded more than $49,000 to 41 students during that time.

“We’re proud to recognize these students for their achievements," Stewart said. "The investment in the program is only a fraction of the value that these fine students will bring to our industry, and we look forward to watching them excel as they continue to make contributions in the field of bovine veterinary medicine.” 

The program recognizes students who exemplify dedication and commitment to dairy and/or beef veterinary medicine. Third- and fourth-year veterinary students are eligible to receive the award. Selection is based on work experience, academic achievements, primary interests in veterinary medicine and career goals.

Gatz Riddell, D.V.M. and executive vice president of AABP, said the monetary award and the all-expense paid trip to the AABP conference is extremely valuable considering the amount of academic debt most veterinary students incur. AABP also believes in the importance of supporting students and providing professional development activities.

“The meetings at the annual conference are very educational, but networking with AABP members provides an even greater impact on the students’ careers,” Riddell said. “The Student Recognition Awards Program is a very important part of AABP’s long-range strategic initiatives that focus on students and AABP’s mission to improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine.”