Four exceptional veterinary students with aspirations to impact the landscape of performance horse medicine will each receive a $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation on Nov. 19. The awards will take place during the 2017 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
The recipients of the 2017 scholarships are:
Anna Caruso, Texas A&M University
Leanne Fowler, University of Tennessee
Anne Hutton, Washington State University
Emily Martin, North Carolina State University
Anna Caruso’s passion for performance horses—and their care and treatment—led her to equine veterinary medicine. “I am deeply honored to be a Coyote Rock Ranch recipient,” she said. “This scholarship opens doors for me to study under the brightest leaders in equine medicine so I, in turn, can contribute to advancements in the equine industry.”
“Receiving this award is a huge honor, and I am very humbled to be selected among so many deserving students,” said Leanne Fowler, who hopes to bring an integrative, team approach to her equine practice by working with clients, trainers, and riders. “The financial freedom this scholarship brings will support my goals of landing an internship and residency focused on equine sports medicine upon graduation.”
“This scholarship will have immense impact on my career plans,” said Anne Hutton, who intends to hone her skills in equine orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. “It is truly life-changing. I have wanted to be a veterinarian since childhood, and my passion for horses is deeply rooted. I now have the financial freedom to seek further education and board certification to best serve the performance horse industry.”
Emily Martin plans to use her scholarship to pursue a career in academia as an equine clinician scientist. “My goal is to combine clinical sports medicine and orthopedics with research and development of novel treatments for inflammatory disease,” she said. “My hope is that I will make an impact on performance horses from all disciplines, as well as the future students of equine sports medicine, by blending clinical medicine, research, and training.
Penelope Knight, an avid horsewoman and strong advocate for horse health, created the Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship in 2015. It was announced at the 2016 Annual Convention in Orlando that the AAEP Foundation and Coyote Rock Ranch would expand their partnership to include four $75,000 scholarships moving forward.
“With the help of the AAEP Foundation, I am pleased to offer this great opportunity to benefit our next generation of veterinarians,” Knight said. “Helping future veterinarians is one way I am able to give back to the industry I hold dear to my heart, and I will continue my support for years to come.”
About the Coyote Rock Ranch
Coyote Rock Ranch, owned by Knight and located in the beautiful high desert country of Central Oregon, is a breeding operation for high-end cutting horses. Committed to quality in everything they do, Coyote Rock Ranch has a reputation for breeding and raising well-bred Quarter Horses with the pedigree and care to become tomorrow’s champions.
About the AAEP Foundation
The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $4 million to support its mission.