CORVALLIS, Ore. - Elisha Adkins, an Oregon State University veterinary medicine major, is one of eight students nationally to receive a recognition award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

The award included a $1,500 stipend and a trip to the association's annual meeting, held recently in Albuquerque, N.M. The award program recognizes students who "exemplify dedication and commitment to dairy and/or beef vet medicine."

Adkins, a graduate of Hermiston High School, grew up in eastern Oregon and her early experience with cattle, horses and agriculture sparked an interest in veterinary medicine. By the age of 12, she was working as an intern in a local veterinary clinic, and she has logged more than 600 hours as an intern. She also has been an intern at a feedlot in Pasco, Wash., and at a dairy in Boardman, Ore.

She plans a career in mixed animal practice with an emphasis in treating beef and dairy cattle. Her focus, she says, is to help those industries focus on animal health and welfare as well as food quality and safety.

The recognition awards are sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.

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Stephanie Meyers, 816-410-5162