AABP Partners with Pfizer Animal Health in New Scholarship Program for Veterinary Students

NEW YORK (April 7, 2009) – Investing in the future of the large animal veterinary profession, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and Pfizer Animal Health announce the launch of the AABP Foundation-Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship, aimed toward providing veterinary students with the opportunity to receive one of several scholarships.

“These scholarships, which come at a time when the large animal veterinarian industry is experiencing a shortage, will help recruit outstanding students for careers in bovine veterinary medicine,” said Gatz Riddell, DVM, and executive vice president for AABP.

“Veterinarians represent an integral role in the cattle industry because they help ensure a safe and wholesome food supply. Exposing the younger generation to large animal medicine becomes such a crucial component in the survivability and success of the profession as well as, the industry,” said Roger Saltman, DVM, director of cattle veterinary operations at Pfizer Animal Health.

Offered to third-year veterinary students in the United States, the scholarship program will support students interested in food animal medicine. As part of the scholarship, recipients will receive a travel stipend to the September AABP conference in Omaha, Neb.

The scholarship application process will be open from April 3 to June 15, 2009, with the electronic application found online at www.aabp.org. Applicants must 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. Applicants must be students enrolled in colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States and must be in their third year of the veterinary curriculum at the time of application. For more information about the program, email aabphq@aabp.org or call (800) 269-2227.

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and productivity of the world’s food supply by enhancing the health of livestock and poultry; and in helping companion animals live longer and healthier lives. For additional information on Pfizer Animal Health’s portfolio of animal products, visit www.PfizerAH.com.

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