Friday, March 5, 2021
In 2021, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Foundation increased the number of scholarships for student debt relief, awarding three $ 5,000 scholarships to pork practitioners at the start of the year. career, including a former Purdue student, Dr Daniel Gascho (PU DVM 2017). The scholarships were awarded through the Dr Conrad and Judy Schmidt Family Student Debt Relief Endowment, which was renamed in honor of the donors who created the scholarship program.
The purpose of the scholarship program is to help alleviate student debt for recent veterinary graduates engaged in swine practice who still have a heavy debt burden. Qualified applicants must have practiced in private practice with at least 50% of their time devoted to pigs, providing on-farm services directly to independent pork producers.
Dr Gascho is the best veterinarian associated with Four-star veterinary service, LLC, Swine Health Care, Indiana. Its customers range from pot-bellied and show pigs to large commercial herds. It almost exclusively serves a private and family agricultural clientele. Taking advantage of the many events and opportunities offered to students during the AASV’s annual meetings, Dr. Gascho has established lasting relationships on which he continues to count.
The scholarship recipients were announced on February 28 during the 52nd edition of the AASVsd annual meeting, held virtually. The other two recipients are Dr. Claire LeFevre, alumnus of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Henry Johnson, a graduate of the University of Illinois. All three recipients graduated from DVM in 2017 and have been continuing members of AASV since joining when they were students. As students, all have attended the AASV annual meeting on several occasions.
The scholarship program was launched with a generous contribution of $ 110,000 to the AASV Foundation by the Conrad Schmidt and Family Endowment. AASV founding member Dr Schmidt explained: “Together Judy and I have noticed that many new DVM graduates interested in swine medicine start their working lives with heavy student debt. As a long-time AASV member and supporter of the animal industry, our desire was to help AASV members who have devoted their professional skills to the health and production of pig herds. We hope this endowment will increase over time to help reduce the educational debt of AASV members as they begin their professional journey.
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