|OSU Veterinary College Hosts Awards Banquet - A Strong History of Excellence Continues|
STILLWATER, Okla.—Sixty years ago, the Oklahoma A&M College first opened the doors to the School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1951, the first class of 26 men graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine. It wasn’t until 1959 that the first formal awards banquet was held. The tradition of honoring excellence continues today as the College of Veterinary Medicine honored the class of 2008 (52 females and 24 males) and other deserving veterinary students, faculty, and staff at its Annual Honors and Awards Banquet held recently in Stillwater.
“Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to award more than $312,485 this year, an increase of $54,048 over last year,” says Michael Lorenz, dean and professor of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “Our veterinary students need these scholarships to help offset the debt they incur while attending veterinary school. The average debt for our students at graduation is about $80,000.”