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Carling Sitterley Carling Sitterley '14 receives Mitchell A. Essey Veterinary Public Practice Scholarship

Carling Sitterley of Forest, Va., a fourth-year dual degree student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health programs has been selected as the second recipient of the Mitchell A. Essey Veterinary Public Practice Scholarship. Sitterley was selected from a highly competitive field of veterinary students with strong experience in epidemiology and public practice. She has a strong interest in the epidemiology of avian diseases.

Sitterley has participated in the Smith-Kilborne Program hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and currently serves on the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine Advisory Board. She has experience working with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and was chosen as one of two representatives from the veterinary college to attend the American Veterinary Medical Association Legislative Fly-In. Sitterley hopes to pursue a career in avian epidemiology with a focus on cultural factors contributing to disease occurrence.



Cassie Wedd '13 Cassie Wedd '13 awarded Mitchell A. Essey Veterinary Public Practice Scholarship

Catherine (Cassie) Wedd '13 has been selected as the first recipient of the Mitchell A. Essey Veterinary Public Practice Scholarship. Wedd, a dual Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health student, was selected from a strong field of veterinary students with remarkable backgrounds and experience in epidemiology and public practice. She holds a degree in nursing and has worked in a wide range of public health arenas including with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wyoming State Veterinary office in brucellosis control, and by coordinating the first World Rabies Day event at VMRCVM. She plans on continuing her career in public health with interest in completing the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service training. Learn more about the Mitchell A. Essey Veterinary Public Practice Scholarship.



Claire Simeone wins International Experiences Speech Competition

Claire SimeoneClaire Simeone, a VMRCVM Class of 2011 public and corporate track student, recently won the International Experiences Speech Competition sponsored by the Virginia Tech chapter of Phi Beta Delta. Phi Beta Delta is an international honor society which encourages commitment to and support of international education at institutions of higher education. Members of the society include faculty, staff, and students who meet rigorous academic requirements and who have participated in study abroad programs, work exchanges or other international educational opportunities.

Simeone’s presentation focused on her experiences this summer at the Universidad Austral de Chile (PDF) where she worked with Chilean veterinarians on the epidemiology and control of bovine tuberculosis . As part of her experience, she attended lectures on communication and actually participated in a public speaking exercise.

According to Kathryn Ticknor, assistant student coordinator for Virginia Tech’s Gamma Omega chapter of Phi Beta Delta, there is a renewed emphasis on increasing the visibility of the chapter on campus and this fall there was a record 73 new inductees.

Ticknor said the judges for the competition noted that Simeone scored so well because she was “well composed, had a great sense of humor, was very personable in delivery, and exhibited wonderful writing.” The judges also noted that Simeone was a great example of “finding opportunity in every situation.”