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​​Student Receives National Scholarship
 
Leanne Fowler’s love of medicine and the human-animal bond led her to choose veterinary medicine as a career. Now in her fourth year at UTCVM, Leanne has worked with quarter horses in Texas, thoroughbreds in Kentucky, endurance horses in Tennessee, working horses abroad, and has gained experience in holistic medicine in Florida and China.
 
In November, Fowler will formally accept the Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting in San Antonio, Texas. This is a $75,000 scholarship presented by the American Quarter Horse Association. It’s also one of four awards given to top third-year veterinary students dedicated to equine medicine who have excelled academically and are leaders in their school.
 
Leanne plans to use the funds to pursue an internship and residency focused on equine sports medicine after graduation. She says the financial freedom associated with the scholarship enables her to pursue her dreams without constraints. “I am especially passionate about the musculoskeletal system and hope to bring an integrative, team approach working with clients, trainers, and riders to ensure that equine athletes perform to their greatest potential.” 
 
Leanne is grateful for the opportunities at UTCVM. “Veterinary school has been everything I thought it would be and so much more. The opportunities I’ve had to learn, travel the world, publish research, and make lifelong friends have been incredibly rewarding and have made the long days and hard work more than worth it.”
 
Among other responsibilities, Leanne is president of the UT AAEP student chapter and the UTCVM Large Animal Emergency Team, which she founded.