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Two veterinary students receive AABP Foundation-Pfizer Animal Health scholarships

Sept. 26, 2012

By Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

For the fourth year, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation have joined forces to provide financial support to veterinary students pursuing careers in large animal medicine.

“In the past four years, the AABP Foundation-Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund has awarded $385,000 in scholarships to 77 veterinary students. That’s an incredible amount of support for our future generation of veterinarians,” said M. Gatz Riddell Jr., AABP executive vice president. “Our continued partnership with Pfizer Animal Health on this program is helping make a difference for our young veterinary students.”

Fifteen veterinary students from across the United States were recognized as 2012 recipients of the AABP Foundation-Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund at the AABP Annual Conference held Sept. 19-22 in Montreal, Quebec. Each student received a $5,000 scholarship and attended the conference with paid travel and lodging.

J. Oliver Irons and Caleb Jenkin, both fourth-year veterinary students at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, are two of the 15 scholarship recipients. 

Irons, of Lewisburg, W.V., graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005.  A 2008 graduate of Western Kentucky University, Jenkin is from Sturgis, Ky.

Along with Irons and Jenkin, other 2012 scholarship recipients are: Travis Allen, Washington State University; Kathryn Bach, University of Pennsylvania; Brooks Butler, Kansas State University; Rebecca Domenigoni, Western University of Health Sciences; Dallas A. Duncan, University of Illinois; Jacob Geis, Iowa State University; Tim R. Gibbs, Washington State University; Jonathan Klemme, Texas A&M University; Lindley Reilly, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Eric J. Rooker, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Judd Sims, University of Florida; Emily Waggoner, University of Georgia; and Amanda Wagner, The Ohio State University.

Pfizer Animal Health supports the scholarships through its FFA and AABP Foundation Support Program, a partnership with veterinarians, animal health suppliers, and dealers. The AABP Foundation-Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund is a component of Pfizer Animal Health’s Commitment to Veterinarians platform, which offers support through training and education, research and development, investing in the future of the veterinary profession, and philanthropy.



J. Oliver Irons and Caleb Jenkins