Harrogate, Tennessee, April 23, 2019 – Ambria Mays, a third-year veterinary medicine student at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) was one of two students selected from 30 veterinary schools across the nation to receive the Guy S. Hohenhaus Veterinary Student Scholarship. The scholarship provided Mays with an opportunity to travel to Kansas City, Missouri, to attend the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics (AAVLD) joint annual conference held Oct. 19-22, 2018.
Ambria Mays pictured here with the other recipient of the scholarship and Vermont Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Shelley Mehlenbacher (left) and Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. N. Jo Chapman (right), both members of the scholarship selection committee.
While at this conference, Mays met several state veterinarians, assistant state veterinarians, USDA employees and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employees. She attended a district meeting to see the inner workings of how issues are handled, and many presentations including a special session of the World Organisation for Animal Health with Director General Dr. Monique Eloit. She also had the pleasure of meeting Chief Veterinary Officer of the United States Dr. Jack Shere.
“This was such an amazing opportunity, and I just feel so honored and blessed to have had it," said Mays.
Hohenhaus, for whom the scholarship is named, died June 25, 2018. Hohenhaus was the Maryland State Veterinarian, a former president of the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials, a professor of epidemiology and animal sciences at the University of Maryland and a U.S. Army Veterinary Preventive Medicine Officer. In honor of Hohenhaus, and to preserve his memory, USAHA and AAVLD established an annual travel scholarship for veterinary students with an interest in veterinary public practice, epidemiology or public health.
“I met so many of Dr. Hohenhaus' colleagues and friends who shared stories about him with me,” said Mays. “He was clearly an extraordinary person which the veterinary community lost too soon. While I sadly never had the opportunity to meet him, I am thankful that he is still able to impact the veterinary community in such a positive way posthumously.”
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.