K9 Carts is proud to announce that the winner of our 2017 Annual Veterinary Medicine Scholarship is Sarah Fick of Washington State University.
“I am very honored to have been selected for the K9 Carts Scholarship,” Sarah stated. “This scholarship will help me immensely as I pursue my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.”
Sarah’s essay detailed her volunteer trip to Ecuador to provide free veterinary care to under-served communities. Working with World Vets in Otavalo, Ecuador, Sarah and other volunteers helped to spay and neuter cats and dogs, treat sick animals, setup field service operations, and teach other pre-vet students veterinary care techniques. She saw first hand the difference groups like World Vets can make in communities like Otavalo, where veterinary services are lacking.
While loan forgiveness programs can entice veterinarians to work in rural or under-served communities, Sarah believes that volunteer programs and externships to these communities can highlight the difference veterinary work can make. Potential veterinarians would not only receive valuable experience, but it would also allow them to form connections to under-served communities, encouraging them to continue their careers there post-graduation.
Sarah’s focus is on small animal veterinary medicine with an interest in emergency and critical care. In her career, she’d like to work in underserved communities and continue to volunteer in developing countries.
“As I continue to pursue my education, I will continue volunteering in developing countries to provide veterinary care. I want to thank K9 Carts for their generous support of my education so I can help not only the animals, but also communities in need.”
K9 Carts is dedicated to serving mobility-impaired dogs, cats, and other animals worldwide. By supporting future veterinarians, we aim to give them the tools and experiences they need to succeed in their careers. By supporting veterinarians-in-training now, such as Sarah, we ensure that our animals can be well taken care of in the future.
Students enrolled in veterinary medicine or a related field for the 2017-2018 academic year at accredited universities or colleges in the US were eligible to apply.