2017 Scholarship Recipient: Linnea Tracy
My name is Linnea Tracy, and I am currently completing my 3rd year at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. I grew up in Nebraska in a community very blessed by the presence of an excellent, passionate local humane society. By volunteering at the shelter in high school, and later as a pre-veterinary undergraduate student, I gained a great respect for the population health aspects of veterinary medicine and the incredible work of shelter veterinarians. As a veterinary student, I decided to pursue a concurrent MPH to emphasize population health in my curriculum, and eventually decided to pursue a career in avian medicine. Nevertheless, throughout my education I have stayed very active in the shelter medicine community by helping to care for animals in Philadelphia shelters as a medical volunteer, serving on the board of PennVet's Shelter Medicine Club, engaging and helping to organize community vaccine clinics, and participating in community outreach to raise awareness for pet health and homeless pets. I hope to continue my involvement in advocating for the health of homeless pets in the future, and am very grateful for the support of the American Pointer Club in pursuing my dream of practicing veterinary population medicine, both in production bird and pet populations.