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K-State Today

January 8, 2018

Veterinary livestock services intern receives national food animal incentive award

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Shari Kennedy

Shari Kennedy, livestock services intern at the Veterinary Health Center in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of five recipients of the 2018 Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award.

The award is named for a Kansas State University alumnus who was a longtime manager of the Western Veterinary Conference. It recognizes recent graduates from veterinary colleges or schools who want to enter food animal practice or other careers directly related to food animal practice, such as food animal education and/or research. The award includes expense-paid travel to attend the Western Veterinary Conference and a stipend of $1,000.

Kennedy, Tyro, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2017.

"I am deeply honored to be one of the recipients for the Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award," Kennedy said. "Being able to attend this year's Western Veterinary Conference and continue my postgraduate education through peer lectures and workshops is an amazing opportunity. I plan to use the knowledge and skills from this conference and my internship experience to better enable me to continue my career as a large animal internal medicine resident in the hopes of becoming a food animal internal medicine clinician at a veterinary school."

Recipients of the Wren award are selected for demonstrated leadership and must be postgraduate students from an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. Each must also be an intern or first-year resident in theriogenology, production medicine or food animal medicine/surgery. The respective training program must be recognized by American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.

Wren graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1958, a master's degree in veterinary pathology in 1962 and a doctorate in veterinary pathology in 1965, all from Kansas State University. He also was an instructor at the College of Veterinary Medicine for a few years before eventually leaving to work in private industry throughout the rest of his career.

The Western Veterinary Conference takes place annually in Las Vegas. This year's conference and awards presentation will be in March.