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CVM Student Captures Inaugural
Award for Leadership

Kelvin Urday a third-year student at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine received the inaugural Anna E. Worth American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Student Leadership Award for his outstanding student leadership, including service as an AAHA Student Program officer. Urday completed his Bachelor of Science degree in animal sciences in 2007. He has accumulated a list of professional experiences including externships at the Reino Animal: Pet Show y Veterinaria in Lima, Peru; Banfield – The Pet Hospital in Mehlville, Mo.; as industry student representative for Pfizer Animal Health; and through participation in the University of Missouri’s Veterinary Research Scholars Program.

Urday’s involvement as an AAHA student leader at the University of Missouri runs deep. He helped revive the student chapter at his school in 2008, serving as president elect in May 2008 and continued on as the 2008-2009 president. He helped the MU chapter achieve the National SCAAHA Membership Award in 2008, and founded SCAAHA’s Gold Standard Lecture Series, as well as the VOICE/SCAAHA-sponsored Veterinary professionals Accessing Medical Opportunities through Spanish course (VAMOS) at the University of Missouri.

In addition to his leadership activities with AAHA, Urday is also active in the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, Christian Veterinary Fellowship, and as a student ambassador with CVM Office of Student and Alumni Affairs. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Western Veterinary Conference Leadership Award and American Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship, among others.

Urday’s commitment to the profession and his community makes him more than qualified for this prestigious AAHA Student Leadership Award. He sets the bar for future recipients.

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