Three fourth-year veterinary students at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) were awarded scholarships from the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation (TSCRF) this summer.
Brooke Kehlenbrink, Reagan McAda, and Kody Scherer were the recipients of the $5,000 2019 TSCRF Large Animal Veterinary Scholarship, which supports CVM veterinary students planning careers in large animal medicine.
The TSCRF scholarship committee worked with Dr. Susan Eades, CVM professor and department head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS), to choose the three recipients.
Kehlenbrink, from Bryan, plans to serve as both a veterinarian and a leader in her community after graduation. She hopes to provide services to farmers and ranchers that will increase the quality of life of cattle while saving the producer time, money, and resources.
“I want to help protect and promote agriculture and the families that stake their livelihood in livestock production,” Kehlenbrink said. “This scholarship is a stepping stone that will provide stability and pave the way for a young veterinarian who wants to make an impact on the world.”
Thanks to her externship experiences and mentors in the veterinary community, she has had the opportunity to learn about areas beyond traditional veterinary medicine, including animal husbandry, economics, and production system management.
“I now have a rejuvenated passion for public health, disease prevention, and working with producers in new ways to improve their production management,” she said. “I also want to work with community officials to make a disaster plan for the pets of the community and promote disaster preparedness with my clients.”
McAda spent his childhood in Hallettsville, working at his father’s mixed animal practice. He developed a passion for veterinary medicine and plans to work as a rural veterinarian in Lavaca County.
“I am honored to receive this scholarship from an organization like TSCRA that protects, supports, and promotes producers in the cattle industry,” McAda said.
“Upon graduation, it is my intention to serve others in a rural area, be a mindful steward of our land, and ensure a sustainable food animal industry for those around me,” he said. “I aim to give back to the community that helped mold me and gave me opportunities that have brought me to where I am today.”
Scherer, from McKinney, plans to find a mentor to work with before eventually opening his own animal clinic in a rural area. His goal is to work with his community’s agriculture program to inspire kids with a passion for the veterinary and cattle industries.
“I am extremely grateful to receive such a generous scholarship,” Scherer said. “This scholarship not only helps me get one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a veterinarian, but it also relieves a great deal of stress. So, thank you once again, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation.”
The TSCRF scholarships are funded by private donations to the TSCRF Scholarship Program and are used for tuition, fees, and externship expenses during their last year of their veterinary education.
The annual Large Animal Veterinary Scholarship was created in 2007 to invest in the future of the cattle industry and improve the quality of the agricultural process. The goal of the TSCRF scholarship is to encourage students to dedicate their professional careers to the cattle industry.