TAMU Students, Future Bovine Practitioners Earn Awards from Merck Animal Health
Posted September 21, 2017
Three Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM) students have been recognized by Merck
Animal Health with an American Association of Bovine Practitioners
(AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award.
Fourth-year veterinary students Justin Casares, Cade Luckett,
and Lauren Thompson were among the 18 bovine veterinary students
from across the country who received the award, which was
accompanied by a $5,000 scholarship.
The awards were presented at the 50th annual
conference of the AABP, held Sept. 14-16 in Omaha.
Casares, from Mission, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree in
animal science from Texas A&M and spent eight years working at
Mission Veterinary Hospital. He also served as an extern at the
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for three years.
After he graduates, Casares intends to work at a rural
mixed-animal or food-animal veterinary practice in Texas.
Luckett, from Matador, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree in
animal science from Texas Tech University, where, as an
undergraduate, he gained experience working in veterinary clinics
and his family's operation.
He also spent a summer working as an intern for the U.S. House
Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.
After he graduates, he plans to work as a bovine practitioner
and, ultimately, own his own practice.
Thompson, from Grandview, Texas, earned her bachelor’s degree
from Texas A&M and gained experience working as a bovine embryo
transfer technician, as well as through externships at several
After she graduates, she plans to work as a food-animal
veterinarian in a rural area.
“Justin, Cade, and Lauren are highly motivated individuals with
a true passion for food-animal practice," said Dr. Karen Cornell,
CVM associate dean for professional programs. "Their enthusiasm is
demonstrated by their choice to participate in our Food Animal
Track during the final year of the veterinary curriculum. This
track affords students additional learning opportunities focused in
"We believe that combining students with a passion for
food-animal practice with these unique learing opportunities will
provide exceptionally qualified practitioners to the bovine
industry,” she said.
the Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards, sponsored by
Merck Animal Health since 2004 as part of the company’s ongoing
commitment to the practice of veterinary medicine, are awarded to
students who apply in their second or third years of veterinary
“These recipients are capable of not only providing quality
cattle care, but also of serving as the driving force behind
important advancements in the field of veterinary medicine in the
years to come,” said Dr. Rick Sibbel, executive director of food
animal technical services for Merck Animal Health. “We are pleased
to support such outstanding students who will, in time, make a
lasting impact on our industry.”
Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career
goals, work experience, and interest in veterinary medicine.
"Support of veterinary students who are interested in bovine
practice is a critical part of the mission of AABP," said Dr. Fred
Gingrich, AABP executive vice president. "This year, as we
celebrate our 50th annual conference, we recognize the exceptional
quality of bovine veterinary students, which is reflected in these
18 award recipients.
"We thank Merck Animal Health for its generous support of this
scholarship program that honors these outstanding future
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