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CVM Student Recipient of Veterinary Scholarships

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine student Claire McPhee is the recipient of a pair of scholarships awarded as part of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Veterinary Student Recognition Awards.

McPhee was one of 23 students from across the nation to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the AABP Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health.

"Pfizer Animal Health is committed to supporting the future of large-animal veterinarians and that support starts long before a veterinarian is in practice," says Doug Braun, DVM, veterinary segment manager, Strategic Initiatives Marketing, Pfizer Animal Health. “The financial support we provide to veterinary students today translates into a more robust and sustainable veterinary community tomorrow."

McPhee also was one of eight students to receive a $1,500 scholarship from Merck Animal Health.

“Bovine veterinarians are critical to keeping food animals healthy and productive,” said Norman Stewart, the veterinarian livestock technical services manager for Merck Animal Health. “These exceptional bovine veterinary students will play a vital role as they prepare to apply their education, skills and unique experiences to benefit the industry. We are proud to sponsor this award each year. It is just a small investment compared to the value these students will bring to our industry during the course of their careers.”

A fourth-year DVM student, McPhee grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by agriculture. She worked as a research assistant in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at Yale University after obtaining an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

After two years of work, she began her master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, where she studied disease trends among populations of workers and the analytical tools of population medicine. After volunteering at a free health clinic in rural India, McPhee entered the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine to combine her love for animals with her interest in science and medicine.

Posted Nov. 9, 2011