Saturday, May 2, 2009

CANIDAE Helps Future Veterinarians

By Ruthie Bently

CANIDAE isn’t only interested in the quality of your pet’s food. They are also interested in helping you keep your pet healthy. To that end, for the second year in a row, CANIDAE will award four veterinary medicine scholarships this year. These scholarships will be awarded in June, and each winning recipient will receive $2,500.

CANIDAE, in its goal to raise awareness of the responsibilities of pet ownership, established these scholarships in 2008. The scholarship program is open to full-time first and second year graduate students who are currently enrolled in a doctorate of veterinary medicine program at an approved college of veterinary medicine in either the United States or Canada.

To maintain a standard of confidentiality and impartiality, the selection committee is comprised of educators chosen by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee. The selection committee will evaluate the applications and choose the winners.

The scholarships are based on a history of the applicants’ dedication to the well being of animals as well as a strong academic achievement, and they are also required to write an essay. The essays they are required to write are based on the same areas that are important to CANIDAE. These include: training and exercise, proper veterinary care, healthy pet nutrition, spaying and neutering, planned breeding, and the support of reputable breeders and rescue groups.

The winners of the 2008 CANIDAE Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program were: Katja Lang, who is attending Cornell University and is from Ithaca, New York; Rachel Lawn, who is attending Kansas State University and is from Manhattan, Kansas; Kristen Davignon, who is attending Washington State University and is from Seattle, Washington; and Rachel Purvis, who is attending the University of Prince Edward Island and is from Brockville, Ontario Canada.

The application period for this year’s scholarships closed on April 15, 2009; the winners will be announced on CANIDAE’s website approximately two months after the close of the application period. The winning applicants will be notified on or about June 16, 2009.

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