Recipients of 2012 Veterinary Incentive Program announcedPosted on Jan 31, 2012
All three recipients are doctoral graduates of Auburn University and practicing as large/food animal veterinarians in Kentucky.
Glaza, of Butler, KY, completed his undergraduate degree in university studies with an emphasis on pre-veterinary curricula at Morehead State University. He currently owns and serves as the primary veterinarian at Licking Valley Veterinary Services in Butler.
Lewis, of Princeton, KY, completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Biology at the University of Kentucky. He currently works as an associate veterinarian at Rogers Veterinary Clinic in Princeton, providing multi-breed medical and surgical services.
Williams, of Eddyville, KY, completed her undergraduate degree from the School of Agriculture at Murray State University. She currently works at Williams Veterinary Clinic as an associate veterinarian, providing clinical diagnosis, medical and surgical services and client education.
The program, funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and supported by several key Kentucky agricultural organizations, was developed to help alleviate shortages in the state’s large-animal medical workforce. Increasing the number of large-animal veterinarians, vet technicians and technologists within the Commonwealth is vitally important to the ongoing health of Kentucky’s livestock population. As several areas of Kentucky do not have a local veterinarian to attend to cattle, horses or other farm animals, this program was designed to encourage veterinary school graduates to pursue a career with large/food animals.
To qualify for the program, applicants must hold either a degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited college or university, or have completed an accredited two-year veterinary technician or four-year technologist program. All those considered for the incentive had to be in their first, second or third year of practice post-graduation and have chosen to pursue a veterinary career that devotes at least 50 percent of its time to large/food animals.
The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation administers this program on behalf of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation, which launched the initiative after receiving a $100,000 donation for the purpose of encouraging large-animal practice in the state. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board later approved an additional $1 million investment for the program.