Jennell Bigrigg, a third year DVM student, was awarded a scholarship by the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation sponsored by Central Life Sciences. Bigrigg was selected by a four person committee from more than 97 applicants based on leadership potential, career path and influence in veterinary medicine both in and outside of school .
"This scholarship will bring me one step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a veterinary scientist in biomedical research," Bigrigg said. "It is extremely rewarding to know that I am pursing a career that can have such an impact on the future of veterinary medicine."
Bigrigg has performed extensive research, has publication and presentation credentials, served as committee chair for the Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium held in March 2008 at Ohio State, and discussed scientific career opportunities with junior-high school girls during Women in Science Day. She was also chosen as one of 25 students world-wide for an intense research-oriented summer program for veterinary students interested in science-based careers.
"It would be difficult to find a more qualified candidate than Jennell Bigrigg for the AWVF scholarship," said Dr. Michael Lairmore, professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. "Her demonstrated leadership skills and developing research skills set her apart from other veterinary students and predict that she will be one of those individuals required to fulfill the national need to train veterinary scientists in biomedical research."
The AWVF's scholarship program supports men and women second and third year veterinary students from the U.S., Canadian and Caribbean Island veterinary colleges.
Updated August 19, 2009
By Michelle Fehribach
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.