Kansas State University veterinary medicine graduate from Wichita wins scholarship from Bayer
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
MANHATTAN — A new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate from Wichita is Kansas State University's recipient of a Bayer Excellence in Communication Award from Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health.
Anna Champagne, who received her degree in May from the College of Veterinary Medicine, was among the winners selected from 27 veterinary schools for $70,000 in scholarship awards.
"I am very humbled to receive the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award," Champagne said. "Educating clients about their pet's health is my favorite part about veterinary medicine. I will continue practicing my communication skills at Banfield Pet Hospital in Tampa, Florida, starting this summer."
"We greatly appreciate the support that Bayer Animal Health gives our outstanding veterinary students," said Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for academic programs, admissions and diversity programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine. "We are committed to not only helping our students gain veterinary knowledge, but also to help them develop the skills required to effectively practice veterinary medicine. This includes effective communication skills. We are very proud of Dr. Champagne and her accomplishments."
Incorporating effective communication skills in veterinary practice and other medical professions has long been recognized as one of the main tasks in delivering comprehensive medical care to patients. The competition challenged veterinary students to submit a filmed interview in a clinical setting between themselves and a client. Entries submitted at each school were evaluated by a panel of faculty judges. Faculty selected their school's local winner using a scorecard developed by nationally renowned veterinary faculty members who specialize in communication. Each regional level winner received a $2,500 scholarship.
"Veterinarians' commitment to the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock is second to none and at Bayer, that same passion goes into the products we make as well as the resources that we provide veterinarians and future veterinarians," said Ian Spinks, president and general manager, Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, North America. "Bayer's commitment to veterinarians spans from research and educational funding, to clinical support and beyond. However, our support begins with veterinary students since we know positive communications skills are vital to keeping animals healthy and veterinary practices strong. Congratulations to all of the 2015 Bayer scholarship recipients."
A full list of recipients is available at http://prn.to/1RG6PAB.