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Lisa Shriver, senior veterinary student in the college, was recognized Friday, April 3 by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees with the Student Recognition Award. Lisa is the valedictorian of the 2009 graduating class with a 3.981 grade point average. She has been matched for a highly competitive internship at Michigan State University in Small Animal General Medicine.
Throughout her four years in the Ohio State veterinary program, her academic excellence has been rewarded with multiple scholarships including the Delaware Kennel Club and Dorothy Bliss Scholarships in 2008, and the Dr. Matthew Eggert Scholarship in 2007.
She also has been a leader: Lisa made numerous trips to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans in support of the Animal Rescue of New Orleans charity, both on her own and as President of the college's Shelter Medicine Club. She made her first trip in 2005, immediately following Hurricane Katrina, "Once you volunteer and realize that you can make a difference, you make a personal commitment to return", she said.
Lisa grew up in Cincinnati Ohio where she attended the Ursuline Academy. She then attended Indiana University, graduating with a degree in Biology with "highest distinction" (a 3.93 GPA).
In addition to working in more traditional veterinary clinics prior to entering veterinary school, Lisa chose to volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding program, where she learned to handle horses, as well as teach children with special needs at the camp. Other counselors admired her "excellent communications skills" and called her "intuitive and compassionate." Veterinarians for whom she has worked have called her a "standout among all the previous students they've ever mentored," remarking on her excellent "judgment and outstanding leadership."
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.