Zoetis Helps Reduce Student Debt Burden with Scholarships

Ten veterinary students from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine have each received a $2,000 scholarship from Zoetis and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

The second- and third-year students were selected from more than 1,500 applicants for 288 scholarships awarded nationwide.

The chosen students reflected a broad range of professional interests. They are pictured below, left to right:

  • Stephanie Apple ('15), small animal track specialty from Manassas;
  • Catherine Claxton ('15), food animal track specialty from Womelsdorf, Pa.;
  • Rory Hekking ('14), small animal track specialty from McLean;
  • Kaitlin Jacobs ('15), food animal track specialty from Yorktown;
  • Chelsea Mason ('14), small animal track specialty from Yorktown;
  • Katharine Sharon ('15), equine track specialty from Landenberg, Pa.;
  • Katelyn Somers ('15), small animal track specialty from Annapolis, Md.;
  • Elizabeth Wall ('15), food animal track specialty from Gresham, Oregon;
  • Deby Weiss ('15), public and corporate track specialty from Arlington; and
  • Rodolfo Zamora ('14), small animal track specialty from Bethesda, Md.
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Applicants were evaluated based on several criteria, including academic excellence, professional interests, financial need, diversity, leadership and potential for contribution to the veterinary profession.

Now in its fourth year, the program provided a total of $576,000 to 2013 recipients in an effort to offset the significant costs associated with a veterinary education. Approximately 2,700 students will graduate from veterinary schools this year, with an average loan debt of nearly $140,000, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"Students are the future of the profession, and it's our hope that this scholarship will help support them on their journey whether it's going into food animal medicine, research and academia, private practice or another area of veterinary medicine," said Vanessa Mariani, director of academic and professional affairs, Zoetis U.S. "We're constantly looking to evolve the program to ensure it reflects the current status of the profession and supports the key issues facing students and young professionals."