Tyson Buyer is the recent winner of an AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award.

WCVM student receives bovine award

Veterinary student Tyson Buyer has turned his interest in cattle into extra cash thanks to an award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP).

"It's an honour to be selected for this award. I'm very grateful to Merck and the AABP for selecting me and giving me the opportunity to travel to New Orleans for the annual conference," says Buyer, a fourth-year student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Buyer is one of 16 recipients of this year's AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award, given out to veterinary students from colleges across Canada and the United States.

Award winners were announced on Sept. 17 at the AABP's annual conference in New Orleans, La. The scholarship recognizes students who show an "exemplary commitment" to strengthening the health and well-being of cattle. Each recipient received a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to the conference.

"Large animal veterinarians of today and the future play an integral role in sustaining a safe and healthy food supply," says Dr. Norman Stewart, livestock technical services manager for Merck Animal Health.

"At Merck Animal Health, we're proud to support and invest in those who are so crucial to the future of our industry. Each one of these students, whether on their family farm, in classrooms or abroad, have demonstrated an undeniable passion for learning to continually improve the practice of veterinary medicine."

Originally from Carnduff, Sask., Buyer received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan before coming to WCVM. He plans on working for a large animal clinic after graduation and eventually purchase his own practice, with a focus on feedlot health and assisted bovine reproductive technologies.

"Receiving this award has given me the chance to meet many veterinarians all working in different styles of practices. They're giving me insight I can use to shape my future career," says Buyer. He plans to use the scholarship to help offset the costs of externships during his final year.

Since 2004, more than 100 bovine veterinary students have received this award, which is given to veterinary students in their third or fourth year of college. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, work experience and their interest in veterinary medicine.

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