American Kennel Club Announces Recipients of 2016 Veterinary Scholarships


New York, N.Y. –The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and advocate for all dogs, continues its support of students pursuing veterinary studies with the announcement of the recipient of the 2016 AKC/American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) Veterinary Scholarship and the recipients of the AKC Veterinary Scholarship.

Both of these scholarships are designed to support individuals with a background in AKC events and programs, who seek to promote animal health and medicine. The scholarship amounts total $25,000.

This year, the AKC/AVMF scholarship is awarded to Jacqueline Fera, a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Fera has competed in Junior Showmanship since the age of 12 and majored in Biochemistry, while continuing her participation in the sport. She looks forward to “becoming even more involved with the sport” and also hopes to become an advocate for the purebred dog.

Recipients of the AKC Veterinary Scholarship are: Caitlin Bowen (University of Florida), Katherine Fernhoff (UC Davis), Amanda Fisk (University of Florida), Alyssa Helms (University of Tennessee), Jodie Joseph (Cornell University), Rebekah Mayhew (University of Wisconsin), Ethan McEnroe (UC Davis) and Samantha Perry (Virginia-ˇMaryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine). “Each of these recipients have had extensive experience in the world of purebred dogs and balanced their busy school schedules with participation in AKC events,” said Mari-Beth O’Neill, VP of Sports Services and AKC’s liaison to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. “We congratulate all of them on their hard work and look forward to seeing their impact on the future and health of purebred dogs in the years to come.”



About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-ˇbeing, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-ˇregistered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit

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