Five outstanding young food-animal focused veterinarians were honored at the Dr. Jack Walther 85th Annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. this week.

The recipients are:

  • Chance Armstrong, DVM, Auburn University
  • Rachael Gately, DVM, Tufts University
  • Kaitlyn Lutz, VMD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chad Paetsch, DVM, University of Saskatchewan
  • Clare M. Scully, DVM, Oregon State University

This award is given annually by the Western Veterinary Conference to five veterinarians engaged in a university or private practice internship or residency (first year) in food animal medicine, surgery, production medicine, theriogenology, or epidemiology. The award includes expense-paid travel to attend the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas and a stipend of $1,000.

“This year’s Western Veterinary Conference Food Animal Award Incentive winners were selected from a pool of well-qualified applicants, and the winners come from schools across the United States and Canada,” explained Food Animal Incentive Award Committee Chairman Brad White, DVM, Kansas State University.  “The recipients represent some of the top students enhancing their career through advanced study of theriogenology, beef, dairy, and small-ruminant medicine.”

The Food Animal Incentive Awards are designed to encourage new graduates to enter food animal practice or other careers directly related to food animal practice, such as food animal education and/or research; help develop their leadership skills and aid their progress as future leaders in food animal practice and related activities; and showcase the educational enrichment opportunities offered by the Western Veterinary Conference.

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