The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Foundation and AASV Student Recruitment Committee have announced the recipients of the 2015 National Pork Industry Foundation (NPIF) veterinary internship stipends. Six first- and second-year veterinary students were selected from a pool of 78 applicants to receive the $3,300 stipends. Each NPIF intern will be linked with a volunteer practitioner-mentor with whom they will spend a one-month internship during the summer of 2015. The students selected to participate in this popular program are:
- Hunter Baldry, University of Minnesota
- Elizabeth Boyd, Colorado State University
- Bryan Ideus, University of Illinois
- Ben Kasl, Cornell University
- Amanda Neujahr, North Carolina State University
- Caitlin Quesenberry, Washington State University
The NPIF veterinary internship stipend program is now in its seventh year. The stipend of $3,300 per student defrays the cost of travel, lodging, and compensation during the one-month internship. Additionally, the interns are encouraged to utilize their practitioner-mentor as a resource throughout the year, and to attend the AASV Annual Meeting and Leman Swine Conference in an effort to increase their knowledge and exposure to swine medicine. Each intern submits a written report and evaluation upon completion of the program.
The AASV Student Recruitment Committee developed the NPIF veterinary internship stipend program in an effort to attract veterinary students to swine medicine and to provide interested students with exposure to the life of a swine veterinarian. The $20,000 funding for the program is provided by the NPIF, a charitable corporation that promotes activities in the swine industry related to research and education. The funds are administered by the AASV Foundation.