CVM Students Compete in Feline Enrichment Final Contest

A group of veterinary students who placed as finalists in the Feline Enrichment Contest
Jennifer Nary (second from right), Nicole Benard (seventh from left), Kate Rowatt (fifth from right), and Jill Starks (sixth from left) among other contest finalists.

Four veterinary students from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) placed as finalists in the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ (AAFP) 2019 Student Feline Enrichment Contest.

Second-year veterinary student Jennifer Nary, third-year veterinary students Nicole Benard and Kate Rowatt, and fourth-year veterinary student Jill Starks attended the 2019 AAFP Conference in San Francisco to compete in the Feline Enrichment final presentation on Nov. 1.

The AAFP Feline Enrichment Contest challenges veterinary students across the U.S. to find innovative ways to provide cats with enrichment. Entries often include items such as feeding puzzles, devices, and toys to promote physical and mental activity.

Benard placed as a finalist for her idea “Wet Food Pearls” and Starks for her idea “The Cat Ninja Syringe.”

Four of the 10 finalists also placed as contest winners, including Nary, for her idea “Munchy Mouse,” and Rowatt, for her idea “Cat-ch It.” They both received a $500 cash prize and a feature in the March 2020 edition of the Journal of Feline Medicine.

This contest, which strives to find new ways to enhance the lives of cats and improve the human-animal bond, was sponsored by Purina ProPlan Veterinary Diets.


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Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of CVMBS Communications, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences;; 979-862-4216

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