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Alumna Amanda Aker is one of three veterinary medicine students awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA).


National DHIA awards $1,500 scholarships to 3 veterinary medicine students

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The National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) Scholarship Committee selected three college of veterinary medicine students – Amanda Aker, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Elizabeth Endres, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, and Elizabeth Martens, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine – as recipients of $1,500 scholarships. Selection committee members evaluated applicants on overall interest as a veterinarian planning to work in dairy, involvement in dairy medicine and extra-curricular activities, and interest in using dairy software and dairy records to aid in dairy management and in improving animal health. To be eligible for a National DHIA veterinary student scholarship, applicants must be third- or fourth-year college of veterinary medicine students, enrolled at a college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

Aker grew up on a New York dairy farm, where she cultivated her passion for dairy cattle. Recently, she became a partner in her family’s dairy operation. She received her bachelor’s degree in dairy science from State University of New York at Cobleskill. Following graduation, she spent four years working as a calf manager and herd manager on a few large dairies. Those work experiences helped her develop an interest in herd health, reproduction and genetics. Aker currently serves on the Ayrshire Breeders Association’s Promotions Committee. As a veterinary student, she is involved in the Production Medicine Club, Society for Theriogenology and American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP).

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