U of S Veterinary College Hosts Prominent Student Research Program
|During the summer of 2005, second-year veterinary student Bryan Macbeth (far left) was a Merck-Merial veterinary scholar under the mentorship of veterinary professor Dr. David Janz (far right). Macbeth worked in the field with members of Janz's research team including PhD student Jorgelina Muscatello (second from left) and research technician Andrew Belknap (second from right).|
Five students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and one student from another Canadian veterinary college will get first-hand experience in biomedical science this summer thanks to a prominent program designed to attract veterinarians into research careers.
The Merck-Merial Veterinary Scholar program, created in 1998, annually provides 150 first- and second-year students with first-hand experience in biomedical science. WCVM is the only Canadian institution among the 20 North American veterinary colleges represented.
“This established program raises the profiles of WCVM and the U of S in
This is the second year in a row that WCVM has secured funding under the program. The $25,000 – an increase of $2,300 from last year – provides enough funding for six spots this year.
The program is funded through the Merck Company Foundation, the pharmaceutical company’s charitable organization, and Merial, another pharmaceutical firm. Host schools provide matching money to pay the students during the 16-week program.
One of this year’s scholars is Milly van der Loop, a first-year student from
In August, she and the others will present their research posters at the Merck-Merial Symposium at
“The students’ responses indicated to us that the initiative was working in
“This program has strengthened the college’s undergraduate research initiatives and encouraged faculty to provide meaningful student experiences,” says Dr. Norman Rawlings, WCVM’s associate dean of research.
One example is Dr. David Janz, who mentored Bryan Macbeth, a second-year student from
“My philosophy is to expose students to a range of scientific techniques and experiences so they get a true, ‘behind the scenes’ look at the scientific process,” Janz says.
Quality experiences are essential in attracting veterinarians to the lab.
“We now see the Merck-Merial program as a reward for our most promising students and mentors,” Rawlings says.
WCVM is a Canadian centre for veterinary education, expertise and research. Nearly 400 undergraduate and graduate students attend the college that annually attracts more than $5 million in funding for research to address issues in animal health, food safety, public health and environmental health.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Norman Rawlings Dr. Baljit Singh
Associate Dean (Research), WCVM Professor, WCVM, and co-ordinator of
(306) 966-7068 Merck-Merial Veterinary Scholar program
firstname.lastname@example.org (306) 966-7408
U of S Research Communications
Tel: (306) 966-2427
2006 Merck-Merial Veterinary Scholars — WCVM
• Tim German, first-year student, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
• Milly van der Loop, first-year student, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
• Allison Murray, first-year student, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Home town/province: Argyle,
• Ashley Ziegler, first-year student, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Home town/province: Cochrane Alta.
• Hussein Keshwani, first-year student, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Home town/province: Westlock, Alta.
• One student enrolled in another Canadian veterinary college (to be announced)
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