In an effort to help strengthen educational programs that impact the future of animal agriculture research and development, Zoetis announced today a three-year Pork Research Fellowship program with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (ISU). Zoetis will contribute $100,000 to support the tuition of three students who are eager to continue their education in veterinary swine research.
“There is an ongoing critical need for new scientists focused on swine research necessary to advance this area of veterinary medicine and prevent diseases that can impact humans,” said Michelle Haven, PhD, senior vice president, Corporate Development, Alliances and Solutions, Zoetis. “We hope this fellowship presents young researchers with opportunities and experiences for vibrant research careers in veterinary medicine.”
To complement the formal education at ISU and increase awareness of the commercial aspect of swine research, Zoetis research and development professionals will serve as mentors to the student fellows. Drs. Phil Gauger, Jianqiang Zhang, and Locke Karriker of ISU will act as advisors for the three fellows who will focus on swine research in applied pharmacology, and in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine.
The Zoetis Fellowship in Applied Pharmacology at the Swine Medicine Education Center will be a valuable resource for the college in its ongoing efforts to ensure exceptional training of graduate students in swine infectious disease medicine and research. The Swine Medicine Education Center provides practitioners and stakeholders with information and skills to improve swine health and ensure pork safety worldwide.
The two Zoetis Fellowships in Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine will support graduate students in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) researching diagnostic medicine and swine infectious diseases. The VDL provides comprehensive and cutting-edge diagnostic services to veterinarians, producers, and animal owners in Iowa and nationally.
“This generous gift will help enable the college to maintain its prominent role in swine medicine education and will help strengthen its education research programs supporting animal agriculture,” said Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University.