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|Pfizer Animal Health announces first recipients of student debt forgiveness program|
|News - Industry News|
|Monday, 11 October 2010 08:29|
Pfizer Animal Health announced the first recipients of the Food Animal Veterinarian Recruitment and Retention Pilot Program. Administered in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the program is designed to combat an ongoing shortage of food-animal veterinarians in the U.S. by encouraging more students to pursue a food-animal career, particularly in rural areas.
The program will provide financial incentives for veterinarians who commit to four years of employment in food-animal practice, and is part of the Pfizer Animal Health Commitment to Veterinarians – supporting veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investing in the future of the veterinary profession.
Five veterinarians will receive up to $100,000 each in the form of student loan debt forgiveness grants.
Pfizer Animal Health and the AVMF congratulate the 2010 Food Animal Veterinarian Recruitment and Retention Pilot Program recipients:
• Dr. Shaw Perrin, The Ohio State University, practicing in Goshen, Indiana.
• Dr. Austin Ayars, The Ohio State University, practicing in Phoenix, Arizona
• Dr. Conrad Spangler, University of Minnesota, practicing in Dalhart, Texas
• Dr. Kay Russo, Cornell University, practicing in Stephenville, Texas
• Dr. Scott Morey, Kansas State University, practicing in Concordia, Kansas
The Food Animal Veterinarian Recruitment and Retention Pilot Program recipients were selected based on several criteria, including academic excellence, leadership, diversity and potential for contributing to food-animal veterinary medicine.
More veterinarians than ever before are facing debt loads that may stay with them for a lifetime. The American Veterinary Medical Association recently estimated that the average veterinary student debt upon graduation totals $130,000.
The debt forgiveness program complements other Pfizer Animal Health Commitment to Veterinarian programs, including more than $15 million invested last year in universities, industry education and training, scholarships, and allied organizations.
For more information on the scholarship program, visit www.avmf.org/FAVRRP
—From Pfizer Animal Health news release