Twenty-one NC State College of Veterinary Medicine students have been named Annable Scholars for the upcoming school year. The Michele M. and Ross M. Annable Scholarship Endowment, established in 2016, covers up to half of student tuition and fees.
Recipients for the need-based scholarship, selected in part on their proven leadership capabilities and volunteer service to community organizations such as humane societies and animal welfare organizations. Annable Scholars are expected to make lifelong contributions to the veterinary profession, and to the animals, people and places they go on to serve. The scholarships are a result of a $5 million gift from the Annables, matched by $5 million from the Randall B. Terry Charitable Foundation.
The 2018-2019 Annable Scholars:
Class of 2019
- Erin Beasley: With an epidemiology focus, Beasley plans to work toward a master’s in public health or a Ph.D. Originally from Cary, North Carolina, she aims for a career as a public health veterinarian and infectious disease epidemiologist for a government agency.
- Jason Hulin: Avid outdoorsman Hulin plans to open a small animal general practice in rural North Carolina after graduation. He comes from Lexington, North Carolina.
- David Tamas: Coming to NC State from Newburgh, N.Y., Tamas is interested in small and exotic animal practice. After graduation, he aims to enter general practice or begin a surgical residency.
- Kate Thompson: Originally from Picayune, Miss., Thompson’s focus area is small animal practice. She plans to enter general practice dedicated to shelter medicine after graduation.
Class of 2020
- Juliana Mills: Mills hails from Boston. With a focus on small animal practice, she plans to seek a small animal rotating internship followed by a surgical residency after graduation. Her dream job would be a board-certified small animal surgeon at a teaching hospital and a clinical professor at a veterinary school.
- Mallory Brown: Originally from Arizona, Brown is interested in laboratory animal medicine. Interested in One Health issues, she plans to enter a laboratory animal residency and become certified as a lab animal vet.
- Dylan Harver: Harver, from Mooresville, North Carolina, focused on small and exotic animal practice, would like to work in emergency service to further develop his skills. He is also interested in teaching at the university level.
- Chris Gaudette: Gaudette, of Kanab, Utah, brings a food animal focus to his studies and hopes to enter a residency working on herd health, as well as with shelter animals.
- Elisa Meier: Meier, from Ann Arbor, Mich., is leaning toward a career as a clinician-scientist.
- Valerie Nelson: With a small animal practice focus, Nelson of Apex, North Carolina, would like to pursue a small animal rotating internship and eventually practice emergency medicine.
- Irina Perdew: Perdew, who has lived in Kyrgyzstan, Germany and Alabama, is focused on a career as a clinician-scientist. She ultimately plans to get board certified in neurology and develop an equine medical/athletic device.
- Amanda Sautner: Sautner, from Warrington, Pa., is interested in food animal medicine. She hopes to work either for the United States Department of Agriculture or with food animals in the private sector.
- Caroline Balch: Balch, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, plans to focus on zoological medicine and hopes to work with wildlife rescues and rehabilitation centers, especially conserving threatened and endangered species.
- Tahj Boston: From Wilmington, Del., Boston is interested in small animal medicine aims for an internship and a residency before becoming a board-certified veterinary surgeon.
- Samantha Frosch: Frosch, from New York, will study mixed animal medicine and wants to become a board certified specialist.
- Avnee Mistry: Mistry, from Naples, Fla., will focus on epidemiology and plans to work in the One Health area, particularly on diseases that spread from animals to humans.
- Aya Omar: Omar, a Kentucky native, hopes to pursue a career in international veterinary medicine working with nonprofit organizations on animal welfare issues.
- Allyson Patterson: Patterson is interested in food animal medicine and plans to either go into private practice or work for an agricultural government agency. She comes from Burlington, North Carolina.
- Paola Cruz Ramos: Ramos, from Puerto Rico, is interested in mixed animal studies. Career possibilities include working with a small animal clinic, research or working with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection.
- Meghan Rutowski: Interested in small and exotic animal practice, Rutkowski of Waxhaw, North Carolina, would like to join her father’s small animal practice and increase the variety of exotic animals they treat. She also hopes to become board certified in canine rehabilitation and offer veterinary support to assistance dog and animal rescue organizations.
- Tala Woodward: Woodward is from Seattle and interested in zoological medicine. She hopes for a career in animal conservation.