WVC Honors Aspiring Leaders in Veterinary Profession

January 4, 2018

WVC announced the 2018 recipients of the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award and the Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award. Both awards honor aspiring leaders in the veterinary profession and are awarded annually for eligible students and recent graduates, respectively.

Portraying leadership and promoting a lifelong service to the profession, the following 35 veterinary students and two veterinary technicians are honored as 2018 recipients of the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award:


1.       Camille Roemhild


Auburn University


20.    Branden Nettles Texas A&M University
2.       Claire Tucker


Colorado State University


21.    Lauren Ungar Tufts University
3.       Jeremy Eule


Cornell University


22.    Aaron Judson Tuskegee University
4.       Holly Salzbrenner


Iowa State University


23.    Paige Livingston University of CA-Davis
5.       Brett A. Montague


Kansas State University


24.    Christina M. Jeffries University of Florida
6.       Ashley Rose     Kotran


Lincoln Memorial University


25.    Matthew C. Tanner University of Georgia
7.       Joseph Kamper


Louisiana State University


26.    Darcy Stephenson University of Illinois
8.       Katelynn Youatt


Michigan State University


27.    Kristen E. Capen University of Minnesota
9.       Katherine H. Larson


Mississippi State University


28.    Emily C. Brookshire University of Missouri
10.    Eba Kim


The Ohio State University


29.    Linnea M. Tracy University of Pennsylvania
11.    Erin Beasley


North Carolina State University


30.    Alisha Pederson University of Tennessee
12.    Jesse Caitlin Alexis Jenny


Oklahoma State University


31.    Rachel O’Leary University of Wisconsin
13.    Emily Mangan


Oregon State University


32.    Kelly C. Freudenberger  Catanzaro VA/MD Reg. College of Vet Med
14.    Mary Jordan


Purdue University


33.    Drew Asher Fleischman Washington State University
15.    Kimberly Reid


Ross University


34.    Tolulope Olagbaju Western University
16.    Meagan E. Bilotta


St. George’s University


35.    Kenny May University of Saskatchewan
17.    Jolene Ann Vermeulen


University of Prince Edward Island


36.    Clair A. Sauer Harcum College-Veterinary Technology Program
18.    Laura Hartman


University of Guelph


37.    Marie Gabriella Madaras Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology Vet Tech Program
19.    Rachel Gauvin


Universite de Montreal



The Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award aims to support and promote future leaders in food animal medicine. The following recent graduates are recognized in 2018 for their excellence in the field of food animal education and research:


1.       Dr. Michael E. Pesato University of Pennsylvania
2.       Dr. Taika Von Königslöw University of Guelph
3.       Dr. Celeste Morris VA/MD Regional College of Vet Med
4.       Dr. Jessica B. Rush Auburn University
5.       Dr. Shari M. Kennedy Kansas State University


“As a partner to veterinary professionals throughout their career, WVC developed these awards to recognize and support leadership within the profession,” WVC CEO David Little said. “This year is especially poignant with the passing of Dr. Walther, who founded the Leadership Award in 2002 and was dedicated to supporting the next generation of leaders.”

Recipients for both awards receive $1,000 and complimentary registration, lodging, airfare and a daily stipend to attend WVC’s 90th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 4-8, 2018. Winners also receive a 12-month subscription to the WVC Learning Library, a $199 value.

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