2016 Scholarship Recipient: Megan Foley
I am Megan Foley and I grew up in northwest Indiana. I completed my undergrad and am currently in my third year of the DVM program at Purdue University. I grew up alongside loveable Labradors and showed them in 4-H for 9 years. While in undergrad, I adopted a mutt that was supposed to be my running partner, but it turned out that he prefers napping! During veterinary school I married an Air Force veteran who brought a goofy Golden to the marriage. He quickly proved to be more promising than my terrier-mix when it came to training. I became a member of our local AKC-affiliated kennel club and started taking classes with him. Just a year and a half after our first agility trial, we are now competing in Master’s Standard and Jumpers with Weaves and loving every minute of it! I also trial him in obedience and we are working on our Open title. We have tried our hand at a hunt test and both had a blast! We look forward to another opportunity to show off what he was bred to do. I have also tried barn hunt with my terrier-mix and he is starting to compete in obedience and agility. Both my dogs are therapy dogs through Pet Partners and the Purdue Veterinary School has a therapy dog club where we go out into the community at libraries, schools, nursing homes, etc. with our therapy animals. I am also on my local kennel club’s community outreach committee where we use opportunities to share more about our club, the AKC, and canine performance events with the public. In our spare time, my husband and I enjoy taking the dogs on hikes and camping any chance we get! During August 2015 I attended the AKC Canine Health Conference through a program with the OFA and I had an amazing experience meeting with the various breeders from different breed parent clubs and the veterinarians doing research. This experience helped define my career goal to become a veterinarian with an interest in canine theriogenology. I am honored to be the recipient of the APC scholarship and I strive to educate my colleagues on the AKC, responsible breeders, and the contribution breed parent clubs, like the American Pointer Club, make to canine health research that will help all dogs – purebred and mixed breed.