2013 Scholarship Recipient: Shavaughn Snipas
At a young age I had an admiration of and true passion for
veterinary medicine, especially pure bred canines. The first book I
read cover to cover was an encyclopedia of Dogs that my mother
bought me for my 10th birthday. After graduating from Valley Stream
Central High School in 2006, I attended Fordham University in the
Bronx to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Science in order to complete
the pre-requisites necessary for veterinary school. I
graduated from Fordham University in 2010 and then traveled to
Philadelphia Pennsylvania to attend veterinary school at the
University of Pennsylvania.
After working in a small animal practice in Rockville Centre, NY since a senior in high school, I developed a strong interest in providing exceptional veterinary care as well as emergency services to the numerous companion animals in the Long Island area. Emergency medicine appeals to my love of thinking fast on my toes, providing urgent care, and giving my all to save a life. Furthermore, I hope to bridge the gap between breeders and veterinarians by working with them one on one to develop proper protocols and recommendations for the health of the puppies and breeding dogs. Through my research in Therapy Dogs where I tested the cortisol levels of dogs in therapy settings, I have also become very interested in the breeding and training of therapy canines.
With my degree, and the strong desire to pursue my interests, I aspire to become a veterinarian that can help prevent health issues before they become a problem through meticulous work with breeders and clients.
Words cannot express how grateful I am for the generosity of this scholarship. I would like to thank the American Pointer Club for their assistance in the pursuit of my ambitions.