Melissa Sheth, a veterinary medical student in the Class of 2021 at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, is the 2021 recipient of the Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
The scholarship award will be presented during the AAVMC’s 2021 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, which will be held virtually March 3-5, 2021.
The Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship recognizes veterinary students who have demonstrated exemplary promise as future leaders and have made significant contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine.
The $6,000 Lowrie scholarship honors individuals who have been consistent champions of addressing inequities and underrepresentation in the veterinary profession; have advocated for social justice; and, who have advanced valuing diversity and inclusion at AAVMC member institutions.
Sheth has demonstrated leadership at the SVM by serving as the clinic administrator for Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education and Social Services (WisCARES), a community veterinary clinic that provides services for low-income and homeless families.
She also served as chapter president of Veterinarians for One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE) and an instructor for a program that aims to help students, particularly students of color and those from lower-income families, to successfully transition from middle and high school into and through college, as well as other diversity and inclusion initiatives.
The member institutions of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community.