‘Aggie Cow Vets’ Represent Texas A&M At Annual Bovine Practitioners Conference

Story by Megan Myers, VMBS Communications

Texas A&M faculty and students in front of an AABP banner
Texas A&M students and faculty at the AABP conference

A group of faculty and students from the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VBMS) recently brought home scholarships and awards from the 55th annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) in Long Beach, California.

“AABP is the highlight of the year for many bovine practitioners,” said Dr. Jennifer Schleining, VMBS clinical professor and interim department head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS). “It’s where we get to meet up with friends, share and learn new information relevant to the livestock industry, and have an opportunity for our students to network ahead of joining the bovine profession.”

During the conference, third-year veterinary student Tucker Roberts was awarded an AABP Amstutz Scholarship, the most prestigious award available to student members of the AABP. This scholarship supports superior students that demonstrate the character, knowledge, experience, motivation, and potential to become outstanding bovine veterinarians.

In the student case presentation competition, Aggie veterinary students made up four of the 10 students selected to participate. No other school was as well represented.

Texas A&M also brought home three awards from the competition; fourth-year veterinary student Rachel Henson received first place in the clinical case report competition and the best overall award for her presentation of a case of bilateral pneumothorax in a show steer, “Still Alive But Barely Breathing,” and third-year veterinary student Hailey Drerup received second place in the clinical case report competition for her presentation on a case of mycoplasma pneumonia, “So It’s Not The Throat…”

In total, sixteen students and nine faculty members attended the event to represent Texas A&M, participate in the AABP Quiz Bowl, and present research and case studies.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our students,” Schleining said. “Their preparation and hard work in the case presentation competition, the very competitive Quiz Bowl, and the scholarship application process showed, and I heard many comments in the crowd about how well represented Texas A&M was this year. We hope to keep the momentum up next year in Milwaukee!”

Faculty members who attended the conference to give presentations, moderate sessions, or serve in leadership positions included Drs. Sarah Capik, Virginia Fajt, Jenna Funk, Paul Morley, Dusty Nagy, BJ Newcomer, Matthew Scott, Lori Teller, and Robert Valeris-Chacin. Several of these faculty members teach 2+2 DVM Program students at the VMBS’ Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) campus in Canyon.


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Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of VMBS Communications, Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, jgauntt@cvm.tamu.edu, 979-862-4216

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