CVM Student Receives Prestigious Externship Award

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July 21, 2017

A Midwestern University veterinary student has received a pioneering scholarship program through Morris Animal Foundation that is helping her participate in an innovative summer research externship.

Madison Skelton, who will begin her fourth year at the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall, was one of only three recipients nationwide to receive the Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Canine Externship Award.  The award recognizes candidates who have demonstrated leadership and promise in impacting canine health, welfare, and quality of life.

Ms. Skelton's research externship is at the Military Working Dog Facility at Fort Sam, Texas. Skelton has set out to pursue a career in canine genetic research through the Army Veterinary Corps where she hopes to advance canine health and welfare by discovering breakthroughs in modern medicine. Upon graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine next spring, she will begin her active duty assignment in the same location at Fort Sam.

"When we look at the critical elements advancing health care for our dogs, we are talking about investing in people," said Richard Lichter, a donor to Morris Animal Foundation and a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees. "Without that investment, we simply cannot make the world a better place for the dogs that enrich our lives every day."

Lichter established the scholarship program with the Foundation because of his passion for dogs, and his continued support of the work at Morris Animal Foundation to advance animal health and well-being. The externship program provides successful candidates with a $5,000 award to support an experience that will help develop their career in leadership, research or service, and open the way to new opportunities.

Lane Robinson from Cornell University and Amanda Payne from Washington State University were Ms. Skelton's fellow honorees.

"Along with Mr. Lichter, we are very proud to support these high-achieving veterinary students," said Dr. John Reddington, D.V.M., Ph.D., President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. "We had the opportunity to meet each of our externship scholarship students recently at the Foundation's annual meeting, and they certainly impressed everyone with their professionalism, drive and curiosity. We are excited to be a part of their lives, and know that each of our award recipients has a very bright future ahead of them."

About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies that advance the health of companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, the Foundation has invested over $113 million toward more than 2,500 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide.