Harrogate, Tennessee, Dec. 18, 2018 – Three students from Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) were selected to receive the inaugural Southern Veterinary Partners (SVP) LMU-CVM Student Clinical Year Tuition Reduction Award for $25,000 applied directly toward their tuition.
Following an application process, SVP selected third-year veterinary medicine students for the award including Shelby Miller of Parsons, Tenn.; Caroline Dewey of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Melissa Frick of Durham, N.C. All students are scheduled to graduate in 2020 and will receive clinical training in SVP hospitals during their fourth year.
“As a leader in our industry, Southern Veterinary Partners is taking the initiative to find innovative ways to lessen the financial burden on veterinary students,” said Dr. Jay Price, CEO of Southern Veterinary Partners. “By helping to remove the stress of veterinary school debt, we hope to allow them to completely focus on their patients, and clients and enjoy life outside of work. I am thrilled to provide this opportunity to these hardworking students.”
In fall 2018, SVP and LMU-CVM announced a partnership aimed at reducing student debt and hiring quality veterinary associates. The award provides financial support to select LMU-CVM veterinary students and creates a path for employment with the company following graduation. SVP initially planned to provide two awards annually to select fourth-year LMU-CVM veterinary students, but decided to increase its support with three awards benefiting three LMU-CVM students.
“SVP has really stepped up to the plate to help our veterinary students. Increasing the number of scholarship offerings shows their commitment to future veterinary students and recent graduates,” said LMU-CVM Vice President and Dean Dr. Jason Johnson. “Because of innovative partners like SVP, we are able to provide valuable clinical training opportunities and help students mitigate their tuition debt at the same time.”
The clinical year program at LMU-CVM is an innovative hybrid distributive community-based education model. Part of the program utilizes trained private veterinary practices to provide clinical educational experiences to fourth-year students. Students spend up to 32 weeks at these practices, along with 12 weeks at institutional sites with faculty, providing students with a unique, hands-on clinical educational experience. SVP is one of LMU-CVM’s clinical affiliates that provides educational training for students in both core curricular and elective rotations.
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.
About Southern Veterinary Partners
Southern Veterinary Partners, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a veterinarian owned and managed regional network of animal hospitals with the common goal of providing the highest quality veterinary care to companion animals with exceptional client experiences. As of October 2018, Southern Veterinary Partners has 64 animal hospitals across 10 southern states and has been named to Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America.