The Garden City Telegram
10/23/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Vet students earn honors from bovine association

By K-State Marketing and Communications

At Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, good things come in threes.

Three students from the college earned honors at the annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Sept. 18 through 21 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Recipients and their honors include: Tera Rooney Barnhardt, fourth-year veterinary medicine student and master's student in biomedical science from Satanta, $5,000 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation-Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship; Sara McReynolds, doctoral student in pathobiology, Stockton, third place in the association's Research Summaries Graduate Student Awards; and Aaron Schaffer, third-year veterinary medicine student and master's student in biomedical science from Fairbury, Ill., $7,500 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Amstutz Scholarship and second place in the association's Research Summaries Graduate Student Awards.

Barnhardt was one of only 15 students from veterinary colleges across the U.S. to win the $5,000 scholarship.

It is funded by components of the Zoetis Commitment to Veterinarians platform, which offers support through training and education, research and development, investing in the future of the veterinary profession, and philanthropy.

"My master's degree research involved working with feedlots, and I have a huge interest in feedlot consulting and would like to pursue that interest in the future," Barnhardt said. "The area of the state I want to work in has an abundance of food animals and a deficit of veterinarians. I want to help fill that void and become a contributing member of the small community I practice in."