Patel, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., is a fourth-year Penn Vet student whose award-winning proposal, "Veterinary Public Outreach 2.0," will use Internet to inform the public and policy makers about wildlife trade and other veterinary issues. Patel will use Google Earth to help illustrate these unreported issues and present the devastating impact they have on wildlife, humans and ecosystems.
"Veterinarians are evolving to have the responsibility of stewards of the planet," Patel said. "Within this role, it is our duty to educate the public on the depth and breadth of current problems that we are working to help solve, encompassing public health, conservation and environmental health.
Gross, a native of South Sterling, Pa., is a second-year Penn Vet student whose award-winning proposal involves constructing an educationally focused dairy farm in rural northeast Thailand. The dairy would include after-school programs for hands-on involvement and instruction in herd care, raw-milk handling and dairy-product processing. Students would learn methods and technologies that are known to optimize milk production and are feasibly implementable. Female students will be selected for leadership positions pivotal in increasing literacy and graduation rates of an entire population.
"I knew that I would return to Thailand sometime in my veterinary career," Gross said. "I am drawn to the culture, and the country's dairy industry fascinates me. I am deeply honored and incredibly excited to have been granted the means to initiate the project I have outlined a decade sooner than would have been realis
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