Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award

The Award is Designed to

  • Promote WVC’s goal of educating new graduates to maintain their interest in food animal clinical practice or other related careers, such as food animal clinical skills instruction or applied clinical research.

  • Showcase the educational enrichment opportunities offered by WVC.


  • Recipients receive a $1,000 stipend, complimentary registration, lodging, airfare, meals, and a $525 travel allowance to attend the WVC 91st Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV on February 17-20, 2019.

  • Each award recipient is also entitled to a one-year subscription to the WVC Learning Library including Annual Conference Notes (2010-2018), hundreds of streaming videos, audio recordings, and podcast episodes.


  • Graduation from an AVMA-accredited veterinary college.

  • Currently enrolled in an advanced training program from an AVMA-accredited school (internship, residency or related graduate program) directly related to food or fiber production related to beef, dairy or small ruminant.

  • Award criteria emphasizes applied knowledge to further food animal veterinary medicine in the following order.

    • Clinical Practice

    • Clinical Skills Educational Instruction

    • Clinical & Applied Research

  • Recipients must be able to attend the WVC 91st Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to receive the award.

To Apply

  • Account registration begins September 3, 2018.

  • Complete the application form.

  • Provide resume and a brief description of your current veterinary activities.

  • Describe your specific area(s) of interest in food animal medicine and production.
    (500 words maximum)

  • Describe your career goals and objectives. How might this award help you achieve your plans?
    (500 words maximum)

  • Letters of recommendation from two veterinary mentors are requested.

Important Dates

  • Begin applying online – September 3, 2018

  • Applications are due – October 17, 2018

  • Recipients will be announced – November 12, 2018

  • WVC Annual Conference – February 17-20, 2019

    If you have any questions please contact Ms. Dawn Casagrande-Terry at dct@wvc.org or call direct at 702.443.9246.

2018 Honorees

Congratulations to the five highly qualified recipients of The Dr. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Awards 2018. We celebrate your commitment to Food Animal practice.

Dr. Michael E. Pesato
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Taika von Königslöw
University of Guelph

Dr. Celeste Morris
VA/MD Regional College of Vet Med

Dr. Jessica B. Rush
Auburn University

Dr. Shari M. Kennedy
Kansas State University