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K-State Today

March 6, 2024

Veterinary student receives Schoneweis Scholarship at swine medicine meeting

Submitted by Joe Montgomery

Fourth-year veterinary student Madeline Hall presents her research poster at swine conference

Madeline Hall, a fourth-year student at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Decatur, Illinois, was awarded the David A. Schoneweis Scholarship during the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, or AASV, annual meeting held Feb. 24-27 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The children of the late David Schoneweis established a scholarship in his memory to benefit swine-interested students from Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student or students from K-State or Oklahoma State who participate in the student oral or poster presentations during the AASV annual meeting, based upon a selection rubric prepared with the oversight and approval of the Schoneweis family.

Hall presented her research, "The impact of early life stress on neural plasticity in growing swine," during the AASV Student Poster Session. She was one of 16 students presenting a poster.

"I am so honored to have been chosen to present a poster at AASV this year and to receive the Schoneweis Scholarship," Hall said. "While my post-graduate plans involve specializing in small animal dentistry, the welfare of all species will always hold a special place in my heart and studies. I feel that my additional graduate research experience and master's education provide me with a unique perspective and approach to practicing medicine. Thank you to the Schoneweis family for their contributions, and thank you to all who have been involved in getting me to this conference and to this point in my career!"

The scholarship's namesake, David A. Schoneweis was born in Clay Center and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1956. He served two years in the Army Veterinary Corps before teaching clinical sciences at Oklahoma State University for six years. After two years in private practice in Lawrence, he joined the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in 1966, where he received his master's degree in surgery and medicine in 1971 and taught food animal medicine for 30 years.

Schoneweis was a charter member of the American Association of Swine Practitioners, or AASP, and served on the association's board of directors in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1997, he received the AASP Meritorious Service Award for his lifetime of support for the association and in recognition of his work with students as a professor of food animal medicine at K-State and Oklahoma State.