AAHA Award Recognizes Veterinary Students for Excellence in Primary Care


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LAKEWOOD, Colo.—The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is proud to announce the 2016 recipients of the AAHA Award for Proficiency in Primary Care.

This award is presented in recognition of fourth-year AAHA student members who have shown outstanding clinical proficiency in primary care. The program is open to all fourth-year students who attend a veterinary college with an AAHA-accredited teaching hospital.

“AAHA is thrilled to work with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Primary Care Veterinary Educators to recognize the achievements of veterinary students who excel in delivering primary care for their patients, and we are proud to honor the following outstanding seniors with this award,” said AAHA Chief Executive Officer, Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (C/F).

  • Ms. Jordan Sedlacek, Colorado State University
  • Ms. Samantha Eckley, Michigan State University
  • Mr. Michael Diehl, Mississippi State University
  • Mr. Jesse Skinner, North Carolina State University
  • Mr. Aaron Lothrop, The Ohio State University
  • Ms. Kelsey Scanlan, Oregon State University
  • Ms. Christina Holmes, Texas A&M University
  • Ms. Jennifer Harackiewicz, Tufts University
  • Ms. Michelle Chapman, Tuskegee University
  • Ms. Karol’Ann Gilbert, Université De Montréal
  • Ms. Mari Breeden, University of California–Davis
  • Ms. Kryssa Johnson, University of Florida
  • Ms. Maggie Drewno, University of Illinois
  • Ms. Lindsay Bush, University of Minnesota
  • Ms. Hannah Vespi, University of Saskatchewan
  • Ms. Nichole Dammann, University of Tennessee–Knoxville
  • Ms. Corie Borchert, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Ms. Katie Gagliardo, Virginia Tech
  • Ms. Kasey Schmidt, Washington State University

“Primary care is at the heart of every small animal practice. The AAHA Award for Proficiency in Primary Care recognizes those students who are doing a great job providing high quality care in the types of cases veterinarians see on any given day,” Cavanaugh said. “Without excellent primary care, it is impossible to have an excellent veterinary health care team for any pet.”

With the AAHA Award for Proficiency in Primary Care, recipients will receive five years of complimentary AAHA membership, including subscriptions to the online Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (JAAHA) and Trends magazine, as well as five years of complimentary registration for AAHA’s Yearly Conference.

For more information about the American Animal Hospital Association, visit aaha.org.

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The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization that accredits companion animal practices throughout the United States and Canada according to high standards of veterinary care. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team.

Media Contact:
Kate Wessels
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