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During Connaway Brunch

Veterinary medicine student Abby Whiting speaks to the John W. Connaway Society members about the admissions process for getting into the College of Veterinary Medicine.
CVM student Cameron Hall told the John W. Connaway Society that veterinary medicine has become a family tradition and is a passion he shares with his siblings.
Dr. Ron Cott presents a print to donors Nancy Langworthy and Harry Feirman of Rocheport.
Karen Miller Pensiero of Verona, N.J. receives a print of the CVM buildings from Dr. Ron Cott in thanks for her donation to the college.
CVM donors Andrea and Charles Kircher of Doylestown, Pa., are pictured with Dr. Ron Cott.

Members of the John W. Connaway Society learned first-hand the impact of gifts on aspiring veterinarians during the association’s annual brunch held Sept. 20, 2009. Three MU College of Veterinary Medicine students and a CVM small-animal surgery resident were the featured speakers and shared personal stories about the influences that prompted their decisions to seek a career in veterinary medicine, the challenges they faced in pursuing their dreams and the impact of scholarships on their ability to pursue a veterinary education.

Brittni Peck, a first-year veterinary student, Cameron Hall and Abby Whiting, third-year veterinary students, and Dr. Jill Luther, a resident in the veterinary orthopaedic program, addressed the group gathered at the Columbia Country Club. Their remarks were preceded by a welcome from CVM Dean Dr. Neil Olson and comments from MU Provost Brian Foster, who discussed the pivotal role the college will play as the University moves forward.

Following the program, Dr. Ron Cott, associate dean of Student and Alumni Affairs and director of Development, presented a watercolor print of the college to donors who were present: Harry Feirman and Nancy Langworthy of Rocheport, Andrea and Charles Kircher of Doylestown, Pa., and Karen Miller Pensiero of Verona, N.J.

The study of veterinary medicine began at the University of Missouri when the Department of Veterinary Science was created in 1885. Dr. John W. Connaway was one of the first proponents of establishing a formal veterinary curriculum as evidenced by a handwritten letter found in his private papers years after his death. In 1946 the Missouri General Assembly allocated funds to establish the MU School of Veterinary Medicine and in 1950 the first class of MU Veterinarians graduated.

The John W. Connaway Society was formed in Connaway’s honor to encourage private participation in the support and development of the college. Its membership is dedicated to securing the future of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Through their active involvement, society members maintain the college’s leadership role and sustain Connaway’s vision of excellence.


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