Rosenthal Penn Vet Shelter Medicine Student Research Fellowship
To encourage authentic and purposeful engagment in the shelter community from veterinary students and future professionals through mentorship and create new research data to help shelters and animals in the community.
Shelter medicine is a growing field in veterinary medicine. However, student support both for entering this career has traditionally been difficult to attain. Although the public health service loan forgiveness and income based repayment programs can help make the salary more accessible, students crave the mentorship that exists from creating a long time relationship with an academic program and their faculty. Historically, financial and time restrictions have existed for faculty and students to work together. Funding a research study or project can become a hurdle that stops collaboration and new information from reaching the field.
This program provides scholarship support and research funding for two students per veterinary class to engage in a three-year training program in shelter medicine. Students take all shelter electives while developing, executing, evaluating, and submitting for publication a research project that directly helps shelter animals.
Potential research topics include:
- Effective behavioral enrichment
- Upper respiratory disease prevention
- Decreasing stress in shelters
- Effective adoption strategies
- Interventional programs for preventing surrenders in shelters
- Disease profiles
- Shelter protocols for improving animal health