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UW-Madison Student Earns National DHIA Vet Scholarship
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/20/2017

Two college students have been named recipients of the second annual veterinary medicine college scholarships by the National Dairy Herd Information Association. Brandon Scharping, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Kandice Runyon, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ont., Canada, were each awarded $1,500 to be used for their college education.

Scharping gained valuable farm experience on his grandpa's dairy farm and showing and judging dairy cattle. As a University of Wisconsin-River Falls undergraduate, he worked at the school's dairy farm. While in vet school, he worked as a bovine artificial insemination technician and shared his skills as an AI technician on a Christian Veterinary Mission trip to Ecuador.

Additionally, Scharping worked at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the virology department, where he performed a research project that involved taking whole blood and nasopharyngeal swab samples to evaluate for respiratory viral pathogen detection via polymerase chain reaction after dairy calves were vaccinated with several different modified live bovine respiratory vaccines.

After graduation, Brandon will work for the Lena Veterinary Clinic in Lena, Illinois, which covers southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. He plans to perform advanced reproductive techniques such as embryo transfer and ovum pickup for in vitro fertilization embryos.

To be eligible for a National DHIA veterinary student scholarship, applicants must be third- or fourth-year college of veterinary medicine students, enrolled at a college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

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