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MSU grad earns prestigious veterinary school scholarship

MSU alumnus Chase Turner (18) of West Liberty, has earned a prestigious scholarship at Auburn University.
Turner was awarded Auburn University’s Francesca B. Gaither Scholarship, which was awarded in recognition of his accomplishments prior to admission to the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine. 

 “This is a great day in the life of the college because it is a day to celebrate your accomplishments and your outstanding success,” said Dr. Dan Givens, the associate dean for Academic Affairs. “By being a student here, you’ve shown how outstanding you are, and we celebrate and recognize all of you.”

 The awards ceremony was held as part of the weekly Clinicopathology Conference presentations, during which senior-level students give presentations on unique cases they have treated during their clinical rotations. Turner was one of 10 students honored at the awards ceremony. 

Dr. Philip Prater, professor of veterinary science at MSU, said Turner had a number of achievements while he was an undergraduate student. He graduated from MSU with a 4.0 GPA, was the pre-vet student of the year in the College of Science and completed over 2,500 hours of veterinary experience at the West Liberty Veterinary Clinic. 

“Chase and many others from MSU that have gone on the colleges of veterinary medicine, have always had positive comments about the preparation here at MSU,” Prater said. “They are always complimentary of the rigor of their course work, especially in the biological and agricultural sciences. They are also complimentary of the care and advice that they received from our faculty. They routinely contact me after they are in vet school and tell me that they feel ‘light years’ ahead of some of their other classmates with the training they received in veterinary science at MSU.”

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