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College of Veterinary Medicine student from Wichita receives veterinary leadership award

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019


MANHATTAN — Sara Wilkes, a third-year student in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of 37 recipients of the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award, which recognizes veterinary student leaders and promotes lifelong professional service to the industry.

Wilkes, Wichita, received the honor at the Western Veterinary Conference, Feb. 17-20, in Las Vegas.

One student each is selected from all of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean Islands on the basis of accomplishments, scholastic excellence and long-term leadership potential. Recipients receive a $1,000 award and complimentary registration, lodging, airfare and a $525 travel allowance to attend the 2019 conference.

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Jack Walther Leadership Award," Wilkes said. "I am deeply indebted to the wonderful mentors and instructors that I have had here at Kansas State University who have inspired me to go above and beyond the veterinary curriculum. Both meeting other students from veterinary schools around the country and experiencing the Western Veterinary Conference have been invaluable experiences as I consider my future beyond veterinary school. I am proud to be counted among those students and look forward to working with and getting to know many other incredible veterinarians over the course of my career."


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Rush and Wilkes

Bonnie Rush, left, interim dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Sara Wilkes, a third-year veterinary medicine student, hold the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award that Wilkes received at a national veterinary conference.

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Joe Montgomery