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Five Veterinary Students from the University of Pennsylvania Receive 2024-2025 American Kennel Club Scholarships

By: Martin J. Hackett Date: Jun 26, 2024

[June 25, 2024; PHILADELPHIA, PA] – The American Kennel Club (AKC) has awarded five students from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) with AKC Veterinary Outreach Scholarships. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia, in partnership with the AKC, is a supporter of Penn Vet’s AKC Scholarship program.

The scholarships support students affiliated with AKC events and programs, who advocate for animal health and medicine. Penn Vet recipients of the AKC Scholarship are:

Christina Capparell, V’26, a 2022 University of Delaware graduate, was a Sports Medicine Summer Veterinary Intern at Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center (WDC). While at the WDC, Capparell investigated osteoarthritis incidence in working dog breeds. Prior to arriving at Penn Vet, she worked as a veterinary technician in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Robert “Zach” Cochran, V’26, is a 2020 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate. Prior to his arrival at Penn Vet, Cochran was a post-baccalaureate researcher at the National Institute of Environment Health Science (NIEHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health that investigates the effects of the environment on human health.

Alaina Duessel, V’26, is a 2020 graduate of Allegheny College where she majored in Environmental Science. Duessel was a veterinary technician in Butler County, Pennsylvania, before arriving at Penn Vet.

Laura Grant, V’26, from Mt. Arlington, New Jersey, is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she majored in Animal Science. Grant has a particular interest in the diagnosis, treatment, and health of small animals.

Julianna King, V’26, is a 2021 Ohio State University graduate. King is a NIH/BI Veterinary Research Intern investigating the potential of canines to detect hemangiosarcoma through scent. She serves as Treasurer of the student-run Canine Club and as a Purina Student Representative.

“The AKC Veterinary Outreach Scholarship is not only a testament to the hard work of these five Penn Vet students, but also a recognition of the potential they possess to make significant contributions to our profession,” said Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Life, Claire Bruno. “I am incredibly proud to count Christina, Zach, Alaina, Laura, and Julianna among our students. Their success reflects the core values of Penn Vet, and I am confident that they will continue to achieve wonderful things.”

Founded in 1884, the AKC is the world’s largest and oldest not-for-profit all-breed canine registry, with over 200 recognized breeds. The AKC is a recognized and trusted expert in breed, health, and training information for all dogs; actively advocates for responsible dog ownership; and is dedicated to advancing dog sports.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 34,600 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.