Dr. Chelsea Stewart, a 2016 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and non-stop AASV member on account that becoming a member of as a scholar in 2013, received the newly set up AASV Member Student Debt Relief Scholarship in Orlando, Fla., on March 11.

The reason of this new $5,000 scholarship is to assist relieve the student debt of recent veterinary graduates engaged in swine exercise who nevertheless have good sized debt burden. Qualified applicants need to had been engaged in private exercise with at least 50% in their time committed to swine, imparting on-farm carrier at once to impartial pork producers.

After commencement, Stewart joined the Sheldon Veterinary Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa, wherein she spends at the least sixty five% of her time providing veterinary support to independent red meat manufacturers, consisting of farrow-to-end farms with 10–2500 sows and various sized wean-to-finish farms. Stewart is going above and past for her clients, performing herd fitness visits, postmortem analysis, diagnostic services, and follow up.

She credit her involvement with AASV as a pupil to her achievement as a swine veterinarian. Relationships made at some stage in AASV pupil networking events fostered interest in swine medicinal drug and mentorship with colleagues. She hopes to preserve enticing college students and promoting swine medication.


The new scholarship was initiated with a beneficiant $110,000 contribution to the Foundation by using the Conrad Schmidt and Family Endowment. Dr. Schmidt, a constitution member of AASV, defined, “Together, Judy and I observed that many new DVM graduates interested by swine remedy begin their expert life with heavy academic debt duties. As a long-time AASV member and animal industry supporter, it turned into our choice to help AASV contributors who have committed their professional talents to swine herd health and manufacturing. We wish that this endowment will grow over time to assist in decreasing the instructional debt load of AASV individuals as they start their professional trips.”

When asked to remark approximately receiving the scholarship, Stewart answered, “I am notably honored to have acquired this inaugural scholar debt comfort scholarship. The idea of assist new graduates who’re actively paying off their debt burden is a tremendous idea, and I am so thankful to have been the recipient of this scholarship.”

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