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When your mission is to serve animals by improving their health, it only makes sense to ensure that animal health care providers know a lot about you. That’s why Morris Animal Foundation is actively involved on college campuses, where the next generation of veterinarians is preparing for their careers.
Our founder Dr. Mark Morris Sr. and his son Dr. Mark Morris Jr. were industry leaders, and any veterinary student donning a graduation cap knew about them and Morris Animal Foundation. With the passing of these two renowned veterinarians, it was up to the Foundation’s staff to make sure their legacies continued.
In 2012 Morris Animal Foundation launched its Veterinary Student Representative Program, a concentrated effort to increase awareness and visibility on veterinary campuses.
Six veterinary students were selected to represent and promote the Foundation at Colorado State University, Cornell University, Michigan State University, the University of California-Davis, the University of Georgia and Texas A&M University. These initial six representatives were so successful in their outreach efforts that we have expanded the program to 29 representatives at the 26 U.S. veterinary schools.
“Students who are presented with the information and mission of Morris Animal Foundation will be able to share that knowledge with their future clients one day,” says Brittany Paschal, the representative at the University of Georgia. “Beginning this while they are students allows them to gain knowledge and create a relationship with the Foundation before they start their careers.”
Veterinary Students: Training and Research
The Veterinary Student Representative Program is just one avenue by which Morris Animal Foundation raises awareness among future veterinarians.
Our Veterinary Student Scholars Program gives students the opportunity to conduct their own short-term research project under the guidance of a mentor.
“Engaging students in a summer research program gives them an opportunity to experience research firsthand, to work closely with a faculty mentor and to learn from graduate students and post-docs what it is like to be in a graduate program,” says Harm Hogenesch, associate dean for research and graduate studies at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “This experience is invaluable in attracting veterinarians into biomedical and clinical research careers.”
Since the program’s inception in 2005, Morris Animal Foundation has given more than 350 grants to students from more than 50 different colleges and universities in 15 countries. This year the program will provide 28 grants to students across the country.
These programs go a long way toward building a partnership with future veterinarians, so that together we can create a brighter, healthier world for animals.
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