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Awards / Honors

Veterinary student awarded 2009 AABP Foundation-Pfizer scholarship

October 10, 2009

Amanda Hartnack, a Colorado State University veterinary medicine student from Bakersfield, Calif., has been awarded the 2009 American Association of Bovine Practitioners, or AABP, Foundation-Pfizer Veterinary Student Scholarship. Hartnack received a $5,000 scholarship awarded on behalf of Pfizer Animal Health and AABP toward her education in large animal medicine.

Opportunity to explore her interests

“This scholarship will allow me to explore food animal practice outside of Colorado and provide an opportunity to find my niche in food animal medicine,” said Hartnack.

Hartnack, has served two terms as secretary of the local AABP chapter. She has completed four bovine veterinarian externships in California, Texas and Colorado, and two dairy externships with operations in Vermont and Pennsylvania. She is a certified artificial insemination technician.

Large animal veterinarians needed

Developed by AABP and Pfizer Animal Health, the scholarship program offers veterinarians and animal health suppliers the opportunity to make donations through purchases of eligible Pfizer Animal Health products. The scholarship, offered to third-year veterinary students in the United States, seeks to support students interested in food animal medicine careers. Applicants were required to provide information regarding their cattle industry background and provide answers to several essay questions pertaining to the role of large animal veterinarians in today’s society.

“With fewer than 10 percent of graduating students from U.S. veterinary schools interested in large animal medicine, this scholarship program reinforces the need for the younger generation’s interest in our field,” said Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA, director of cattle veterinary operations at Pfizer Animal Health.

Outstanding individual dedicated to bovine veterinary medicine 

“Amanda Hartnack is an outstanding example of an individual dedicated to the future of the bovine veterinary medicine field,” said Gatz Riddell, DVM, AABP executive vice president.

In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, each recipient was invited to attend the 42nd Annual Conference of AABP in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 9-12, 2009. Recipients were honored at a reception Friday, Sept. 11, hosted by Pfizer Animal Health.

Learn more about the Professional Veterinary Medical Program (DVM) at Colorado State University.