Zoetis partners with Iowa State on pork research fellowships

Published on: Jul 1, 2013

In an effort to help strengthen educational programs that affect the future of animal agriculture research and development, Zoetis announced July 1 a three-year pork research fellowship program with the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Zoetis will contribute $100,000 to support the tuition of three students who are continuing their education in veterinary swine research.

To complement the formal education at Iowa State and increase awareness of the commercial aspect of swine research, Zoetis research and development professionals will serve as mentors to the student fellows. Drs. Phil Gauger, Jianqiang Zhang and Locke Karriker of Iowa State will act as advisers for the three fellows who will focus on swine research in applied pharmacology, veterinary diagnostics and production animal medicine.

The Zoetis Fellowship in Applied Pharmacology at the Swine Medicine Education Center will be a valuable resource for the college in its ongoing efforts to ensure exceptional training of graduate students in swine infectious disease medicine and research. The Swine Medicine Education Center provides practitioners and stakeholders with information and skills to improve swine health and ensure pork safety worldwide.

The two Zoetis Fellowships in Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine will support graduate students in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) researching diagnostic medicine and swine infectious diseases. VDL provides comprehensive and cutting-edge diagnostic services to veterinarians, producers and animal owners in Iowa and nationally.