6/15/2008 CANIDAE Pet Foods, Inc. is proud to support the fine young men and women who have chosen to pursue a career path and life dedicated to the health and welfare of our beloved pets and animals. In accordance with its commitment to promote “Responsible Pet Ownership” CANIDAE Pet Foods has awarded four individual $2500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Scholarships.
The four winners, three from the United States and one from Ontario, Canada, were selected not just for their outstanding grade point averages and dedication to the well-being of animals, but for the thoughtful essays they wrote to be eligible for the scholarship award.
"This is our first year giving away these scholarships and we are thrilled with the response and the essays," said Jim Mantych, Director of Marketing. "One of our goals in 2008 was to raise awareness of the responsibilities of pet ownership. In their scholarship essays, these veterinary students wrote about the same areas that are a concern to us: training and exercise, planned breeding, spaying/neutering, supporting reputable breeders and rescue groups, and of course proper veterinarian care and healthy nutrition."
Kristin Davignon from Seattle , one of the four scholarship winners, wrote in her essay, "while we can pick and choose what we eat, most pets cannot. They rely on us to make the smart choices for them."
The four CANIDAE 2008 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program winners are: Katja Lang of Ithaca, NY attending Cornell University; Kristen Davignon of Seattle, WA attending Washington State University; Rachel Lawn of Manhattan, KS attending Kansas State University; and, Rachel Purvis of Brockville, Ontario, Canada attending University of Prince Edward Island.